American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A style of jazz that emerged by the early 1950s, characterized by rhythmic and emotional restraint, extensive legato passages, and a reflective character.
- n. jazz that is restrained and fluid and marked by intricate harmonic structures often lagging slightly behind the beat
- On the model of hot jazz, bop. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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