blue note

noun

Definition of blue note 

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

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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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