Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. In the style of bop music: "a spirited boppish essay, full of harmonic twists and darting single-note runs” ( Washington Post).

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  • adj. In the bop style

Etymologies

bop +‎ -ish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Facey's fascination with overlooked sax and bass-clarinet visionary Eric Dolphy drives the band's current work, and it's full of variety, from boppish speediness to free-contrapuntal ensemble spontaneity.

    London jazz festival: the grand nationals

  • Ever since, we've been working on a medley of Chet Baker tunes to which he lip-synchs, casting an eerie spell as he channels Baker's ethereal boppish voice.

    When Puppet Shows Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Puppet Shows

  • Its exalted status was reinforced just last year, in fact, when John Pizzarelli wrote a vocalese version of the 1960 chart, which expands the Ellingtonian palette with boppish overtones.

    Dizzy's Welcomes an Old Friend

  • On Tuesday, Mr. Reed, with saxophonist Seamus Blake, bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Billy Drummond (who served in one of Jordan's bands) segued from the title track directly (as on the album) to "Prayer to the People," a boppish variation on "The Lord's Prayer."

    Feeling Dizzy, Mulling Miles

  • He opens bright and boppish, in accordance with the more cheerful part of Mercer 's lyric.

    Hard-Bop, Key Chops And Country Stomps

  • This was by far the most boppish tune of the set, with Ms. Cohen on soprano and Mr. Gordon articulating super-fast, super-clean notes, in the "modern" manner of J.J. Johnson and bereft of growls or grimaces.

    Singing and Swinging

  • Ever since, we've been working on a medley of Chet Baker tunes to which he lip-synchs, casting an eerie spell as he channels Baker's ethereal boppish voice.

    When Puppet Shows Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Puppet Shows

  • Like the French pianist and composer, Rees-Williams is a skilful improviser who hears the jazz potential in baroque, classical and liturgical themes, and develops them as ballads and boppish swingers without riding roughshod over their souls.

    David Rees-Williams: Back from Before

  • Barnes strikes a diverting contrast with Hamilton by restricting himself to alto and baritone saxes, fast-moving and boppish where the American saunters along blowing smoke-rings, and sounding airily like Paul Desmond against his partner's sumptuously deeper sound.

    Scott Hamilton/Alan Barnes: Hi-Ya

  • Yet where many of her male colleagues seemed bent on playing as hard, fast, loud, boppish and bluesy as possible, she always understood the value of space, of lyricism, of putting the accent on melody (rather than a mere cycle of chord changes) and letting both the tune and the audience breathe.

    New Sounds From Familiar Faces

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