Advisor

Landry, Dana B., 1964-

Committee Member

Caffey, David

Committee Member

White, Jim, 1969-

Department

School of Music

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley, (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

5-6-2017

Genre

Thesis

Extent

147 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

This study examines five transcriptions of performances by Cedar Walton, one of the iconic hard bop jazz pianists in the 20th and 21st centuries. The transcriptions analyzed are improvised solos recorded between 1964 and 2001 and include the following songs: “Pensativa,” “Rhythm-a-Ning,” “Bremond’s Blues,” “Jacob’s Ladder,” and “I’m Not So Sure.” They have been examined for common elements and threads in Walton’s playing, specifically addressing rhythm, harmony, and melody. These devices are also discussed in the context of bebop and hard bop, and observations have been made about the differences in his improvisation depending on the genre of jazz he is playing. Musical examples and definitions of jazz terminology are included throughout the study to help demonstrate Walton’s various approaches, which largely include devices used to create tension and release, and to build a sense of forward motion. The detailed analysis of these transcriptions provides a bank of useful information about Walton’s signature style and unique sound.

Degree type

D.A.

Degree Name

Doctoral

Language

English

Local Identifiers

Skinner_unco_0161D_10564

Rights Statement

Copyright belongs to the author.

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