from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Bop.

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  • noun music An early form of modern jazz played by small groups and featuring driving rhythms and complex, often dissonant harmonies.
  • verb To participate in bebop jazz, such as by dancing in a way associated with the genre

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  • noun an early form of modern jazz (originating around 1940)
  • verb dance the bebop


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

Imitation of a two-note phrase in this music.


  • When 86-year-old Roy Haynes became a professional musician, in around 1942, the word "bebop" had probably not yet arrived in his native Boston.

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  • Dhumraketsu on Sep 13, 2008 well … cowboy bebop is actually the only anime i would like to see in a live-action medium. the film noir/spaghetti western/bruce lee meets sci-fi background could all be well translated to film, considering that's where they come from! granted we need the right producer and director and cast.

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  • People are going to watch these new movies and think wow, cowboy bebop is lame, or dragonballZ is lame … while not ever knowing what the actual series or original's that stemmed from it were. but most of all, keanu reeves playing spike …? no.

    Rumor: Keanu Reeves as Spike in Cowboy Bebop Movie?! «

  • I know in bebop there was a lot of anxiety about missing the next revolution; Ornette Coleman literally scared a lot of us in 1959.

    The Smart Set

  • He explained that it was called bebop, and that it was the latest thing to hit jazz back home.

    The Good Life

  • I knew how to play the music they called bebop, and I loved it.

    Brother Ray

  • 110 - You don't have to be Chinese to be born in Singapore, remember cowboy bebop is set in the future and has characters from all races throughout the series.

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  • Meanwhile, he recorded extensively in bebop and modal jazz settings, ranging from funky rhythms to ethereal modal harmonies; as a sideman on Blue Note albums and a leader of combos, he played original themes including “Maiden Voyage,” “Cantaloupe Island,” and “Watermelon Man,” which became a popular hit in Mongo Santamaria’s recording.

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  • It's relatively easy for fast passagework to either float above the beat or get you from a particular beat A to beat B. (This is why I've always thought the phrases in bebop tunes are always beginning and ending on odd parts of the bar — it delineates the outline of the swing without necessarily having to swing itself.

    Come Fly With Me

  • They were playing this new style of music called bebop, a term that I have never been really happy with.

    Remembering Hank Jones, 'The Dean Of Jazz Pianists'


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