blue note


Definition of blue note

: a variable microtonal lowering of the third, seventh, and occasionally fifth degrees of the major scale

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Calvin Klein’s trousers picked up the blue notes, and mirrored Givenchy shades finished the ensemble. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Queen Rania of Jordan Is Keeping It Chic All Summer," 26 July 2018 The living room and dining room are splashed with notes of crimson red, while the bedrooms are trimmed with icy blue notes. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "House Tour: This Manhattan Apartment Makes Red, White, And Blue Modern Again," 27 May 2016 Blues feeling is integral to jazz as well, whether the quasi-microtonal cry of blue notes or the expressive style of articulation in its sobs and shouts. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Jazz / Music / Post No Bills Italian quartet Roots Magic illuminate the links between rustic blues and earthy free jazz," 4 Apr. 2018 Jazz includes contemporary, big band, acid and blue note. Zack Linly, The Root, "Is Today’s Hip-Hop Trash or Are We Just Getting Old? Spoiler Alert: The Answer Is ‘Yes’," 1 Feb. 2018 The movie opens in a lively bar, full of gyrating, intoxicated folk, whom Félicité and the band entertain all night with infectious songs filled with blue notes. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Félicité,’ a Mother Scrambles to Save Her Son," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of blue note

1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for blue note

from its frequent use in blues music

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The first known use of blue note was in 1919

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