Definition of free jazz in US English:

free jazz


  • An improvised style of jazz characterized by the absence of set chord patterns or time patterns.

    • ‘He plays a variety of keyboard instruments with his big bands that range from 1920's style swing to the wilder free jazz of Coltrane and others.’
    • ‘Like free jazz, minimal techno is defined by an inaccessibility that borders on divisiveness.’
    • ‘These days in fact, there are probably more books on free jazz than there are free jazz groups - a serious growth industry.’
    • ‘He has also published a book on the dialogue between his own sculpture and jazz, seeing in free jazz an analogue of his own rapid, direct and improvisational working processes.’
    • ‘A free jazz structure tempered by pop urges, it does nothing more nor less than show off how well the bands spark off each other, in a setting that's more open than you may ever get from these guys again.’
    • ‘I'm tempted to say the album would be a good starting place for newcomers to free jazz because of its relatively restrained mood, but I don't want to imply that this is a gentle breeze.’
    • ‘His book does not deal with the offshoots of bebop, such as cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, free jazz and fusion.’
    • ‘Songs occasionally break out into well-placed free jazz trances, which offer welcome relief from the sometimes cloying vocals.’
    • ‘By the time they came here, they had successfully balanced township dance music, swing and an Ornette Coleman-influenced free jazz to produce a raucous, jubilant music you couldn't keep still to.’
    • ‘When John Coltrane succumbed to cancer in 1967, free jazz / fire music was sucked into a giant vacuum along with him.’
    • ‘The stuff that I do probably lends itself to free jazz, musique actuelle and '70s electronic music as much as it does to hip hop.’
    • ‘Additionally, the site covers more genres of music than other sites, from hip hop to free jazz to country to metal.’
    • ‘It is a wonderful jazz suite that combines written out themes, free jazz, and empathetic communication between the musicians.’
    • ‘He has made many recordings since 1960, and his style is called free jazz, but it isn't entirely free.’
    • ‘Their unique style, in many ways, is actually closer to free jazz or classical than metal.’
    • ‘In one sprawling hour long piece, huge, glacial blocks of organ droning are melted by the fire of free jazz horn playing, massed trombone action and the implacable motorik pulse of prime 70's Krautrock.’
    • ‘During this time he has played bebop with Charlie Parker, free jazz with Ornette Coleman and Jimmy Giuffre, and fusion with Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorius.’
    • ‘The resulting mix avoids the wilder extremes of both free jazz and abstract electronica, and instead takes a more moderate scoop from the middle of each.’
    • ‘It also stops you, in a sense, from communicating with your audience, and it won't do anything to change a skeptic's notion that free jazz is entirely self-indulgent.’
    • ‘From funk to free jazz, the line-up has something for everyone.’