free jazz

noun

Definition of free jazz

: free-form jazz marked especially by an abandonment of preset chord progression and a lack of melodic pattern

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In July, visitors can catch the Midtown Art Walk and free jazz, bluegrass and reggae concerts. Erin E. Williams, Twin Cities, "Stunning vistas, modern museums, quirky shops make Reno a favorite for tourists," 22 June 2019 In July, visitors can catch the Midtown Art Walk and free jazz, bluegrass and reggae concerts. Erin E. Williams, Twin Cities, "Stunning vistas, modern museums, quirky shops make Reno a favorite for tourists," 22 June 2019 In July, visitors can catch the Midtown Art Walk and free jazz, bluegrass and reggae concerts. Erin E. Williams, Twin Cities, "Stunning vistas, modern museums, quirky shops make Reno a favorite for tourists," 22 June 2019 The Biasella Trio will offer a free jazz program from 2 to 3 p.m. June 15. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "‘Cahoon in June’ festivities mark 50 years in Bay Village: West Shore Chatter," 11 June 2019 By the time Coleman won converts to free jazz, Cherry had already moved on to the next thing, creating extended suites teeming with improvisation but threaded together by sweet, hummable themes that seemed to pop up out of nowhere. Adam Shatz, The New York Review of Books, "The Apostle of Now-ness," 6 June 2019 In July, visitors can catch the Midtown Art Walk and free jazz, bluegrass and reggae concerts. Washington Post, "Why you should visit Columbus, Ohio," 13 June 2019 On their bruising second album, Sunwatchers II (Trouble in Mind), New York instrumental quartet Sunwatchers further refine their flinty collision of scorching free jazz and numbing proto-punk. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Sunwatchers fuse proto-punk and free jazz, while Olden Yolk craft sophisticated, harmony-laden pop," 27 Apr. 2018 The group cleaves to improvisation, allowing its deeply interactive attack to direct its proceedings even when employing loose structural devices, moving easily between raucous, abrasive free jazz and cool, harnessed sound sculpture. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Improvising trio Bowlcut shares its interactive acumen on its promising new album, Semaphore," 16 Mar. 2018

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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