In the first part of this project, I compare how improvisation appears in four case studies by tracing contingency through discursive, material, historical, and affective aspects of the music. These tracks are promising for comparison insofar as they share a certain free (jazz) vocabulary, but also insofar as they approach improvisation quite differently. This helps to sharpen my point regarding the singularity of all improvisations, even or especially those that take place within what we typically discuss as a common genre space.

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