• Chord-Scale Networks in the Music and Improvisations of Wayne Shorter

    Author(s):
    Garrett Michaelsen (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    Society for Music Theory – Jazz Interest Group
    Subject(s):
    Jazz, Music theory
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Improvisation, Transformational theory, Wayne Shorter
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/k9ke-wy07
    Abstract:
    In this article, I examine the nonfunctional harmony of three tunes from the mid-1960s by Wayne Shorter from the perspective of transformational theory. While some transformational approaches to jazz have taken the seventh or ninth chord as the basic unit, I use the more inclusive and abstract concept of a “chord scale” to encompass more of the pitches musicians may draw from when performing a harmony. Using Dmitri Tymoczko’s theory of scale networks, I demonstrate how the tunes “E.S.P.,” “Juju,” and “Iris” travel through various chord-scale spaces. I then compare Shorter’s solo improvisations to the networks expressed by the tunes, revealing the ways he draws on and departs from them in the process of performance.
    Notes:
    https://trace.tennessee.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1124&context=gamut
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
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