Groove: A Phenomenology of Rhythmic Nuance

2015.02.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Tiger C. Roholt, Groove: A Phenomenology of Rhythmic Nuance, Bloomsbury, 2014, 175pp., $29.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781441104182.
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2015.02.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Tiger C. Roholt, Groove: A Phenomenology of Rhythmic Nuance, Bloomsbury, 2014, 175pp., $29.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781441104182. Reviewed by Clément Canonne, University of Burgundy This book is a welcome addition to the ever-growing field of the philosophy of music. It tackles with a lot of clarity an overlooked subject -- the phenomenon of groove -- which is crucial in the appreciation of a great number of popular music genres (e.g., jazz, reggae, funk, rhythm and blues, hip-hop). Groove is this "quality of music that makes people tap their feet, rock their head and get up and dance" (Madison 2006, p. 201). While a central phenomenon for listeners, dancers and, of course, musicians themselves -- which Tiger Roholt shows with an illuminating example from the Beatles' Love Me Do recording session -- it remains very mysterious, as testified by the difficulty we seem to have in defining the very concept... . . .

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