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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Above us are the elites with their champagne and free jazz; below us, the suppurating underclass. James Parker, The Atlantic, "Live-Streaming the Apocalypse With NRATV," 5 May 2018 Could this drummer, a Guggenheim fellow who helped define percussion's role in free jazz, really also be an expert in martial arts, acupuncture and cardiac health? John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Milford Graves: Full Mantis': Film Review," 11 July 2018 Saxophonist Kamasi Washington helped pioneer an L.A. scene that freely melds free jazz with hip-hop and Afro-centric spirituality. Los Angeles Times Staff, latimes.com, "Political music in the age of Trump — in Los Angeles and beyond," 29 June 2018 Takada is an imaginative Japanese percussionist whose work in the 80s and 90s gracefully dissolved lines between free jazz, minimalism, and new age. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Japanese percussionist Midori Takada basks in rediscovery with hypnotic and pummeling music," 3 May 2018 One of our favorite springtime traditions is back, with a new season of free jazz concerts on the plaza at LACMA. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Things to Do in L.A. This Week," 30 Apr. 2018 The album is a noisy, sprawling, genre-hopping song cycle steeped in everything from disco to free jazz. Nathaniel Friedman, GQ, "U.S. Girls Isn’t Selling Out—She’s Just Writing Bops," 26 Apr. 2018 When playing in a swing rhythm, Ms. Reid creates a flow with her cello that’s tensile and quick — like so much free jazz of the 1970s and ’80s — but also earthy and more sturdily organized. New York Times, "14 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in NYC This Weekend," 19 Apr. 2018 Taylor was known as one of the pioneers of the free jazz movement, and was seen as a groundbreaking and uncompromising artist. kansascity, "Final Chapters for April 8, 2018: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Steven Bochco | The Kansas City Star," 7 Apr. 2018

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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