free jazz


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

Examples of free jazz in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kramer credited Sinclair with helping to expand the band’s musical horizons further in the direction of R&B, free jazz and blues. Gary Graff, Billboard, 2 Apr. 2024 Drawing from free jazz, freak folk, Hasidic mystical songs, and Delta blues, Talàn takes the sparse, solo guitar meditations of 2015’s exquisite Plays John Coltrane and Langston Hughes African Mystic Music and stretches out toward eerie new crossroads. Pitchfork, 14 Dec. 2023 Birmingham’s largest free jazz festival returns to the historic 4th Avenue Business District in downtown Birmingham this weekend. Shauna Stuart |, al, 22 Aug. 2023 In the 1990s, Williams joined the longstanding free jazz group NRG Ensemble before taking over as a bandleader when founder Hal Russell died. Nina Corcoran, Pitchfork, 21 Nov. 2023 Throw in the free jazz improvisations of Ornette Coleman, whom Reed also revered at that time, and such eclecticism could just as well be the template for the Velvet Underground. Jeremy Lybarger, The New Republic, 17 Oct. 2023 Carla Bley, the pianist, composer, bandleader, and pioneer of the free jazz movement, has died from complications of brain cancer, The New York Times reports, citing the musician’s partner of more than 30 years, bassist Steve Swallow. Allison Hussey, Pitchfork, 17 Oct. 2023 Carla Bley, leader of the free jazz movement, pianist and composer, has died following complications from brain cancer, according to The New York Times. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 17 Oct. 2023 The countdown is on to Birmingham’s biggest free jazz festival. Shauna Stuart |, al, 26 Aug. 2023

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First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Free jazz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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