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Dig That Lick

Analysing large-scale data for melodic patterns in jazz performances

Dig That Lick project deliverables

04/02/2018 Deliverable D1.1: Initial specification of user needs for pattern extraction

Licks in the Literature of Jazz Research

by Gabriel Solis

Having completed a review of academic jazz literature from the 1970s to the present we have found considerable range of conception and use of the general topic of patterns in improvisation and a number of potentially testable hypotheses that our data set and analytical work might address. This paper offers a synthesis of key issues from that research, including: definitions and terminology to describe patterns; disciplinary frameworks in which the question of pattern is engaged; primary areas of debate; a note on the volume of datasets needed for this research; and testable hypotheses to consider. A substantial, but surely not comprehensive bibliography is attached.

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