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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Recent Examples on the Web Yells At Eels has been at it for over 20 years, and the band is not your typical free jazz family band. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "Mainstays of the D-FW music scene team up for an eclectic collaboration," 7 May 2020 Logan was a centerpiece of New York’s free jazz movement in the 1960s and collaborated through the Swinging Sixties with other popular icons, including Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders and Bill Dixon. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Jazz Legend Giuseppi Logan Dead From Coronavirus At 84," 20 Apr. 2020 On Friday, as part of its Jazz50 series, New England Conservatory pays tribute to one of its star alumni, free jazz pioneer, pianist, and poet Cecil Taylor, who died last year at the age of 89. BostonGlobe.com, "Right about now seems like the perfect time to, say, sink to the very bottom of the sea. And what luck! Now," 18 Oct. 2019 There are also elements of electronica, rock, and free jazz — making DELSONIDO one of South America’s most ambitious outfits, right alongside groups like Bomba Estéreo and Combo Chimbita. BostonGlobe.com, "5 reasons for music-lovers to hit the Massachusetts museum circuit this season - The Boston Globe," 18 Oct. 2019 The first festival was a big hit, and the event has steadily grown into the second-largest free jazz festival in Minnesota. Dan Emerson, Twin Cities, "Fall Arts Guide: Jazz on the menu in a mix of venues and styles," 7 Sep. 2019 Bassist Luke Stewart is one of the most prolific improvisers in the city, playing in a multitude of groups, including the notable Afrofuturist free jazz troupe Irreversible Entanglements. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "In the heart of an ‘empire in decline,’ Blacks’ Myths try to spark another big bang," 5 Sep. 2019 Tonight through Sunday: The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival brings free jazz performances and films to Harlem and Lower Manhattan. New York Times, "A Sailing Lesson on the Hudson, Followed by Nature, History and Good Eats in Inwood," 21 Aug. 2019 Mary Inhea Kang for The New York Times Ahmed Gallab is the frontman for the band Sinkane, which blends Krautrock, prog rock, electronic music, free jazz and funk rock with some Sudanese pop thrown in. New York Times, "How Ahmed Gallab, Sudanese-American Musician, Spends His Sundays," 16 Aug. 2019

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Free jazz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/free%20jazz. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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