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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A style of jazz that emerged by the early 1950s, characterized by rhythmic and emotional restraint, extensive legato passages, and a reflective character.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. jazz that is restrained and fluid and marked by intricate harmonic structures often lagging slightly behind the beat


On the model of hot jazz, bop.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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