Jazz notes Bebop 2-19 - Bebop1940s Characteristics of bebop...

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Bebop 1940’s 01:46 Characteristics of bebop music In comparison to the jazz music of previous generations, bebop Often featured faster tempos Was more spontaneous in nature Groups were typically smaller -4 or 5 pieces Relied less on pre-conceived arrangements and more on individual solo and accompaniment skills The role of each instrument becomes more complex Soloists play faster rhythms and more dissonant melodies Pianists incorporate more notes into their chords, and break away from previous rhythmic patterns, freeing them selves to create a dialogue with the soloist. Bassists play fewer repeated notes in their bass lines. Drummers begin to branch out form their role as time keepers and start responding musically to the soloist. Popularity Much of the music from the Swing Era was conceived as entertainment – music for dancers Bebop musicians thought of their music more as an art form, or at least as something that they did to entertain themselves. The commercial viability of it was not as much of a concern. Important people 4 innovators o Charlie parker – Alto Saxophone o Dizzy Gillespie – Trumpet o Thanloneuc Monk – Piano o Kenny Clarke – Drums Charlie Parker (nick name - Bird) Alto saxophonist Most important jazz soloist after Louis Armstrong in that he influenced every player on every instrument that came after him. Parker’s contributions as a soloist
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