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provisations of classic stature can be created on any horn, any keyboard, any suitably tuned set of beer bottles, provided that they be arranged in conformity with the chromatic scale. Though in its first few decades ninety per cent of the best melodic im­provisations were accomplished on the piano, trumpet, saxophone and a handful of other instruments, it is safe to predict that the jazz of tomorrow may be played on the broadest possible range of vehicles—on the theremin, possibly, or on electronic instru­ments that create synthetic sounds manufactured out of whole cloth by scientists; in short, on any instrument that may be accessible to the artist and ■within the frequency range open to that most adaptable and receptive of vessels, the human ear.