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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
bebop
noun
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▪ Airy, instantly accessible but surprisingly subtle music covering ground between modem mainstream and bebop and featuring Barnes alongside trumpeter Adams.
▪ If you think of all jazz guitar music as boring bebop stuff, think again.
▪ Mr Hall has pared down the bebop style and you are left with the spirit, minus the meaningless displays of technique.
▪ The rise of modern jazz through bebop coincided with the demise of the big bands.
▪ Yet his accompaniment relies on the rhythmic complexity of bebop.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
bebop

1944, from bebop, rebop, bop, nonsense words in jazz lyrics, attested from at least 1928. The style is associated with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

Wiktionary
bebop

n. (context music English) An early form of modern jazz played by small groups and featuring driving rhythms and complex, often dissonant harmonies. vb. To participate in bebop jazz, such as by dancing in a way associated with the genre

WordNet
bebop
  1. n. an early form of modern jazz (originating around 1940) [syn: bop]

  2. v. dance the bebop [syn: bop]

Wikipedia
Bebop

Bebop or bop is a style of jazz developed in the early to mid-1940s in the United States, which features songs characterized by a fast tempo, complex chord progressions with rapid chord changes and numerous changes of key, instrumental virtuosity, and improvisation based on a combination of harmonic structure, the use of scales and occasional references to the melody.

Bebop developed as the younger generation of jazz musicians aimed to counter the popular, dance-oriented swing style with a new, non-danceable music that was more of a "musician's music" that demanded close listening. As bebop was no longer a dance music, it enabled the musicians to play at faster tempos. Bebop musicians explored advanced harmonies, complex syncopation, altered chords, extended chords, chord substitutions, asymmetrical phrasing, and intricate melodies. Bebop groups used rhythm sections in a way that expanded their role. Whereas the key ensemble of the Swing era was the huge Big Band, often supplemented by a string section, and playing heavily arranged tunes, the classic bebop group was the small combo that consisted of saxophone (alto or tenor), trumpet, piano, double bass and drums. Rather than play heavily arranged music, Bebop musicians typically played the melody of a song (called the "head"), with the accompaniment of the rhythm section, then had a section in which all of the performers improvised solos, then returned to the melody at the end of the song.

Some of the most influential bebop artists, who were typically composer-performers, are: tenor sax players Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane; alto sax player Charlie Parker; trumpeters Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, and Dizzy Gillespie; pianists Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk; electric guitarist Charlie Christian, and drummer Max Roach.

Bebop (disambiguation)

Bebop is a type of jazz music

Bebop may refer to:

  • BeBopBeBopBeBopBeBop, an album by pianist Paul Bley
  • Bebop and Rocksteady, characters in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Bebop (software), BibTeX publisher
  • Bebop, the main ship from the animation Cowboy Bebop
Bebop (software)

Bebop (BibTeX Publisher) is a web-based BibTeX front-end that creates a web interface to a list of publications stored in a BibTeX file and allows browsing by author, year, document type, topic and keywords using PHP, Javascript and XML technologies. It can be mainly used by individuals and institutes for self-archiving and creating institutional repositories.

It is suited for single source publishing of bibliography information as it uses one single BibTeX file as its database. Therefore, no database server (e.g. MySQL) is needed. The BibTeX entries for publications can be annotated with more information by using research area, keywords, abstract, filelink, presentation and poster keys. research area key allows categorization whereas keywords allows tagging of bibliographic entries. A keyword cloud is also generated.

AJAX-based interface allows displaying abstract, BibTeX entry and links to DOI, full text, slides and poster files. RSS feeds and permanent links are available per year, research area, keyword and document type. Adding new publications can be done via an online form (either by BibTeX code or by filling in specific fields) or by directly editing the BibTeX file. Bibliographic entries can be exported as BibTeX through unAPI, making it compatible with Zotero.

Bebop is released under a 3-clause BSD license.

Usage examples of "bebop".

Like many anime features, Cowboy Bebop started out as a Japanese TV series.

TV series that spawned it, the movie of Cowboy Bebop is a marvelous hodgepodge of hardboiled mystery fiction, science fiction action, and tragic love story, with more cultural influences than you could possibly list -- although Bebop otaku certainly have tried on their numerous fan websites.

Although this movie will mean more to the folks who love the TV series, prior Bebop experience is far from necessary.

He thought it could be bebop, but it became a double waltz for minor chords, constantly changing, rising and falling because there were so many kinds of night.

A marvelous bebop medley, consisting of wonderful renditions of jazz tunes in the style of Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Horace Silver, and Elmo Hope.

He felt the devil was slipping hip wiggling and bebop rhythms into gospel, tempting groups and luring good Christians away from the Lord with the idea of making a fast buck.

High mountain flutes, jazz and bebop, one-stringed Mongol instruments, gypsy xylophones, African drums, Arab bagpipes.

Bebop golems, Aschemann thought, as he followed them along the Corniche in the soft warm scented darkness, then up Moneytown into Carmody: Bebop golems.

Emil did the bebop and rebop and the Twist, and then stopped suddenly, a pained expression on his face.

He did the bebop, the rebop, the jitterbug, the twist, and even invented a few steps.

TV series that spawned it, the movie of Cowboy Bebop is a marvelous hodgepodge of hardboiled mystery fiction, science fiction action, and tragic love story, with more cultural influences than you could possibly list -- although Bebop otaku certainly have tried on their numerous fan websites.

Fuchs not knowing whether to put down his left foot or his right until Joe marshalled the notes into a resolute 2-4 and marched them into a proper waltz, where he left them for dead and reprised Porter as if nothing at all had happened, no Strauss, no bebop.

  A gaggle of headphone-wearing teenage girls had their backs to them as they bebopped toward the snack bar.

His tail was bebopping and his ears were cocked and he looked like the happiest creature in the whole world, even with a ludicrous mauve blindfold.

Well shit in the sink, thinks Leary, struggling to sit and taking a squint at his caller, so here he lies a drunken spent dick of a lowzone ex-cop and here waltzes in some kind of skin pale-as-death, big wet doe brown eyes, grab-your-balls and squeeze-for-sweet-Jesus class act of a bebopping girl-child's face and body in a red vinyl leather vest, boots, and bursting blue velvet pantaloons.