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February 25 2014

Brain scans show jazz musicians ‘speak’ music


When jazz musicians “trade fours” they use parts of the brain linked to the structure of spoken language, but not those tied to spoken meaning.

“Trading fours” is a jazz pattern in which musicians play brief alternating solos, usually four bars in length, introducing new melodies in response to each other’s ideas, and then elaborating on and modifying them over the course of a performance.

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