back·​beat | \ ˈbak-ˌbēt How to pronounce backbeat (audio) \

Definition of backbeat

: a steady pronounced rhythm stressing the second and fourth beats of a four-beat measure

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Some scores were meticulously penned and carefully articulated; others amounted to free-ranging improvisations from soloists riding pulsing backbeats. Howard Reich,, "Jazz Fest review: Cecile McLorin Salvant tops an exuberant weekend," 1 Sep. 2019 The crowd was already there to hang on Khalid’s every word, but his persistently earnest nature and the forceful backbeat from the band drove things forward with some urgency. Amy Young, azcentral, "Khalid gets choked up at metro Phoenix show, saying this tour 'means the most to me'," 21 June 2019 Vary the rhythms to incorporate two-beat, four-beat, a backbeat, and a five-note Black Bottom dance rhythm. John Edward Hasse, WSJ, "Plotting His Way Into Jazz History," 7 Sep. 2018 But Ruoff and Alt 103.3 provided more than enough proof that a sing-along chorus, electric guitar and backbeat still add up to a massive party, at least in the hands of the Killers and charismatic vocalist Brandon Flowers. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "5 ways the Killers keep rock alive at Alt 103.3 show," 9 June 2018 Pretty Horses’ Pithy storytelling, twang and a backbeat have defined Dwight Yoakam’s music throughout his career. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Playlist: The 1975 Talk About Its Generation, and 9 More New Songs," 1 June 2018 Como, the once maniacal, me-hating escape artist, settled into a serene and even affectionate middle age, his morning bed visits and metronomic tail wags for food and walks and nightly treats a steady backbeat to our empty-nest life. Steven Winn,, "A loving family remembers the zeitgeist of Como the dog," 2 July 2018 But San Francisco DJ and producer Cameron Paul created a remix of the track and its infectious backbeat, giving Salt-N-Pepa their first big hit. Dave Quinn,, "Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue Reunite for Funky Hit-Filled Medley at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards," 20 May 2018 Old-school community networking created the backbeat for Taste. Dave Hoekstra, Chicago Reader, "Oldest black-owned nightclub in city faces uncertain future," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of backbeat

1928, in the meaning defined above

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