an early form of modern jazz (originating around 1940).
Jazz style that emerged in the 1940s, an alternative developed by black musicians to the white big-bands. A small combo (typically trumpet, saxophone, piano, and drums) improvises on the basic material, typically with sharp rhythms ("be-bop" figures), complex and sometimes clouded harmony, and displays of incredible virtuosity from the soloists. It was the style of Charlie ("Bird") Parker, the legendary saxophonist.
dance the bebop
Oxonion for dance party.
A style of jazz characterized by rhythmic and harmonic complexity, improvised solo performances and a virtuoso execution.
generic term for that form of modern jazz, originally known as bebop or rebop, which developed in the forties.
(also known as Be-bop) Mid-'40s to mid-'50s style of jazz. Epitomized by such legendary figures as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and the younger Miles Davis. Generally performed by small groups, this jazz form stretched the boundaries of the 20th century rhythmic music more than any other music of the time.