Analysis of jazz solos has often focused on formal coherence. Proponents of this approach have often tried to establish a parallel to the formal rigor of classical music-and thus to uphold jazz' status as an art form (for example, see Sonny Rollins and the Challenge of Thematic Improvisation). Givan argues that close analysis can be instead be used to highlight not continuity in a jazz solo but discontinuity, which has its own creative and symbolic possibilities. He presents a number of examples from the mercurial style of Belgian gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt to illustrate his point.
Discontinuity in the Music of Django Reinhardt
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