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  • Pianist Gene Rodgers plays a straight four-bar introduction before Hawkins swoops in, soloing for three minutes without playing a single note of the tune, gliding over the chord changes with such harmonic logic that he ends up inventing bebop.

    Coleman Hawkins records Body and Soul

  • Many others yawn at his surface predictability; the incessant (indeed relentless) four-bar phrases, the drab orchestration and the stop-start, highly sectionalized quality -- as though one is walking down a hallway with various doors opening and closing, and different music coming from each.

    Eschenbach, Tetzlaff, Bruckner: The fresh and less familiar faces of the NSO

  • The latter stuck mostly to Mr. Vald é s's approximation of what's known in New Orleans as "the big four," beat-wise, save for one four-bar passage of clave-based, 6/8 rhythm.

    In Cuba, an 'Extended Family' Reunites

  • So my father had to write him a four-bar phrase - call a lawyer and - and if you listen to it, I will not sing it, it slides up to the correct note to come in on.

    Fresh Air Celebrates Frank Loesser's 100th Birthday

  • One night Richard Dashut assembled a twenty-second tape loop of this four-bar riff.


  • Mr. SIMPSON: "Kookaburra" is a four-bar song and over half of that song is used "Down Under," which is the test of law.

    A Kookaburra Causes Trouble 'Down Under'

  • The two songs are chord-and-note identical, except for a four-bar bridge added by Harrison.

    Shepard Fairey sues AP before it sues him.

  • The song leads with its hook, a four-bar synth line that runs throughout the verses.

    An Object Lesson in Pop Sensibilities | Live Granades

  • I pulled out my laptop to use my EVDO card to “check my web” and I saw that there was a nice four-bar signal coming from … someplace, called linksys.

    abada abada › misdirection

  • Instead, he puts the baby down for her nap, goes out to the studio above his garage in L.A., lifts a rhythm track from the Spinners, N. W.A "or one of those CD-ROMs with 500 four-bar drum grooves" and starts to free-associate.

    Making Tracks


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