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.