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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000210.txt from 2000/09

From: Sheldon Sper <>
Subj: [kl] copyright vs. improvisation
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2000 10:47:51 -0400

A common practise among jazz musicians (at least during the hight of
bop) was to create a new tune based on the harmonies of an existing
tune. By doing this the performer or listener could keep two tunes on
the back burner of his mind whilst enjoying the improvisation multiplied
by two. There are a number of well known tunes based on Gerschwin's
I've Got Rythm, e.g. Charlie Parker's Dexterity, Passport, Moose the
Mooch, or Mile's Davis' Serpeant's Tooth. Another example of two tunes
sharing the same harmony is Morgan Lewis' How High the Moon and Charlie
Parker's Ornithology.

The point is, if you want to improvise to a point that the tune becomes
unrecognizable, just rename the improvisation and treat it as a new
tune. You could also copyright the new tune.

Sheldon Sper

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