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  • n. Plural form of polyrhythm.


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  • One of the more exciting pieces of the night was "polyrhythms," featuring industrial, nearly robotic music, choreography, and costumes, which functioned as a commentary on the constrained, repetitive rhythms of modern life, and perhaps even the roles women can play or embody within it.

    Jennifer Schneider: The Little Dance Company That Could

  • The central African forest culture of the Kongo brought the polyrhythms that later underscored dance rhythms from Harlem to Havana, Rio, and Trinidad.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • When the concert concentrated more on Afro-Cuban music, as on "Changó" and the encore "Los Caminos," both graced by Bambolé enchanting bata drum polyrhythms and sacred chanting to various Afro-Latin orishas, Valdés's goodwill was at its most persuasive.

    From Chuco Valdés mixes Cuban and American jazzy idioms at the Warner Theatre

  • (Soundbite of music) WHITEHEAD: Owen Howard echoes West African polyrhythms the way Ed Blackwell did on "Togo."

    Owen Howard: Drumming Up 'Lore'

  • Mr. Sánchez's nylon-string guitar rises atop the polyrhythms in the song "11:11" until Mr. Wilson offers a jazzy interlude; Mr. Sánchez then returns with a solo on lap steel guitar, a new instrument for him.

    Detour Through Cuba

  • When Cassandra Wilson sings, the spell she casts is more important than the lyrics she utters—the captivating Pan-African-American polyrhythms laid down by guitarist Marvin Sewell , drummer John Davis , bassist Lonnie Plaxico and understated pianist Jon Cowherd ; the moods and grooves she imports from the Caribbean and the Mississippi alike; the mesmerizing quality of her voice; the way she barely varies the tempo (between slow and slower) and dynamics (soft and softer).

    The Jazz Scene: Pay Attention to the Words

  • That'll likely be the case on Tuesday, when the band headlines a benefit gig at the annual Celebrate Brooklyn! outdoor concert series: The group's new songs feature more polyrhythms and greater melodic density than on previous recordings.

    Garden Grunge, Animals in the Park

  • Full of characteristic wit and insight, these story songs, many of which find the narrators looking back to reassess the arcs of life, are carried along on shimmering polyrhythms and darting guitars whose roots extend to South and West Africa and deep into American folk, pop and jazz standards.

    Lucinda Williams Snarls, Mary J. Blige Thrills

  • The brilliantly drummed polyrhythms and sonorous harmonies of that Symphony Space show were captured on the recording "Live in New York" Qbadisc.

    After a Quiet Spell, a Rumba Resumes

  • It was Dave Brubeck -- a man who could not read sheet music and who was nearly barred from graduating the College of the Pacific music school in 1942 because of it -- who reinvented the genre with his signature style of polyrhythms, odd time signatures, and polytonality.

    Network Awesome: Brubeck's Signature, Signed with Time


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  • Burl did reside (survIVES) in Galisteo on the turquoise trail ( It is just off the non sequitur route) for part of the year when he wasn't on the Puget Sound. Burl hurled a lot of pizzazzish jazz.

    January 9, 2013

  • I think that fbharo's comment was influenced by Burl Ives Holly Jolly Christmas song, @ 1:57 into the song.

    January 9, 2013

  • po-lyrhythms (CVCyCCyCCCC)



    for no reason or rhyme. I don't know Y.

    January 9, 2013