Selected Writings

2017 - Some Musical, Personal, and Theoretical Digressions Regarding "Music Without Handles" - American Society for Aesthetics newsletter

This short piece appears in the summer 2017 edition of the American Society for Aesthetics’ newsletter. First and foremost, this edition celebrates the work of the remarkable Peter Kivy. However, my contribution—while not explicitly related to Kivy’s work—details some of my current research into experimental music in Los Angeles, a few persistent questions it presents, and the methodologies I’m deploying to deal with them. Many thanks to David Goldblatt for the invitation to contribute! 

2017 - Intertextuality and the Construction of Meaning in Jazz Worlds: A Case Study of Joe Farrell's "Moon Germs" - Journal of Jazz Studies Spring 2017 (in press).

In this article I invoke the concept of intertextuality and develop its role in meaning-making in musical worlds. This theoretical deployment of intertextuality, I argue, celebrates the virtuosic interpretive act of musical improvisation and aids in refutations of "great man" theories of history, canon formation, and essentialism - racial or otherwise. I offer historically- and musically-intertextual readings of Joe Farrell's "Moon Germs" (1972) as supporting examples.  

2016 - Dave King's RATIONAL FUNK: Pedagogy, Criticism, and Productive Absurdity - Ethnomusicology Review

This article develops the idea that Dave King's attitudes communicated in his instructional video series, RATIONAL FUNK, reflect some of those being developed in the New Jazz Studies. Also, Dave King is boss. 

2015 - Re-territorializing the Los Angeles John Zorn Marathon - Ethnomusicology Review

I offer here some analysis of the John Zorn Marathon (which occurred in Los Angeles in summer of 2015) through the lenses of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s notion of music as mode of territorialization, Postmodern theory, and of course my own artistic and theoretical proclivities.

2014a - Review | Experience and Meaning in Music Performance by Martin Clayton, Byron Dueck, and Laura Leante (eds.) - Ethnomusicology Review

A review of Clayton, Dueck,, and Leante's (eds.)  collected volume that features novel, interdisciplinary ethnomusicological approaches. 

2014b - Review | A Consideration of the Worlding Power of Music in Tigran Hamasyan's "Shadow Theater" - Ethnomusicology Review

I show Hamasyan's stylistically-inclusive approach to music making, especially with a focus on musical improvisation, as an example of music which can refigure the reality of those who listen. In the interest of exploring this capability, I consider Hans-Georg Gadamer’s description of “play” as related to aesthetic works and David Borgo’s characterization of improvising music as platform for change and celebration of difference.

2014c - Accounting for Meaning in Improvisation: Embracing New Research in Embodiment - Ethnomusicology Review

This article consists of an introduction and literature review of recent material on embodied situated cognition and mirror neuron research with an aim to suggest their relevance to music researchers.

2013 - Chris Potter on Standards: Ten Note-For-Note Transcriptions of Standards and Standard-Style Tunes, 2nd edition 

Originally published in 2007, this was the first volume of Chris Potter transcriptions available to the public. Available as hardcopy or .PDF download

2006 - Chris Potter's solo on Dave Douglas' tune, The Jones - Downbeat Magazine.

A transcription and analysis of Potter's solo on "The Jones" from Douglas' Strange Liberation (2004) - fantastic album.