noun \ˈbē-ˌbäp\

: a fast and complex type of jazz music

Full Definition of BEBOP

:  3bop 1
be·bop·per noun

Origin of BEBOP

First Known Use: 1942


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Jazz characterized by harmonic complexity, convoluted melodic lines, and frequent shifting of rhythmic accent. In the mid-1940s, a group of musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Charlie Parker, rejected the conventions of swing to pioneer a self-consciously artistic extension of improvised jazz, which set new technical standards of velocity and harmonic subtlety. Two genres grew out of bebop in the 1950s: the delicate, dry, understated approach that came to be known as cool jazz, and the aggressive, blues-tinged earthiness of hard bop.

Variants of BEBOP

bebop or bop


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