straight ahead

Straight-ahead jazz

Straight-ahead jazz is a term used to refer to a widely accepted style of jazz music playing that can be thought of as roughly encompassing the period between bebop and the 1960s styles of Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. This style of jazz can usually be contrasted with smooth jazz.

As imprecise as the term is as used by jazz musicians, it can be loosely characterized by the following:

However, many Latin rhythms are also sufficiently well-established to be considered straight-ahead. See also jazz waltz.

It is the Lingua franca of jazz jam sessions.

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