GMN
GMNYour Arts Network
Home Classical Jazz Opera Ballet Theater World Shop Contests Forums

 Websites
GMN Premium
ClassicalPlus
JazzPlus

CD SHOP
 Special Offers
 Best Sellers
 GMN CDs
 Classical
 Jazz
 Opera
 World
 Ballet
 Theater
 Gift Subscriptions

 Forums
Visit our NEW! Discussion Forums
(Registration Required)

SUBSCRIBE
 
FREE Newsletter
'

SEARCH
The GMN Shop
Content Archive
The MediaPlayer
Free Music
Grove Dictionary
All Searches



MEMBERS
 Sign In
 New User Sign Up
 Select a Player


Expressions
Expressions Ax - An instrument or horn: Charlie Parker’s axe was his alto saxophone. Extended to mean any line of work: Ernest Hemingway’s axe was his typewriter.

Blowing Room - Sufficient improvisational time allowed a musician in which to develop his musical ideas: Each soloist has plenty of blowing room.

Brushes - A pair of thin, wire drumsticks used to give the drums a soft, muted sound: Jo Jones’ brushwork was impeccable.

Burnin' - Used to describe a particularly emotional or technically excellent solo: Hey, man, did you hear that burnin' solo by Lee Morgan?

Cat - Any person, usually male: All Jazz musicians from New Orleans called each other "cats" and still do.

Changes - The harmonic progression of a composition, i.e., the chord changes for whatever melody is being used for improvisation: Jackie McLean has a uniquely ingenious way of making the changes with breathtaking ease and subtlety.

Chops - A musician’s lips, and by extension, the use a musician makes of his embouchure or of his natural equipment, i.e., technique: Charlie Parker’s chops were almost superhuman.

Chorus - One or more thirty-two bar choruses played by an instrumentalist, usually with rhythmic support: John Coltrane played chorus after chorus of intense, mind bending saxophone.

Clam - A clinker or misplayed note: The trumpeter just didn’t sound right, he kept hitting clam after clam.

Comp - Shortened form of accompany, wherein a pianist or guitarist comp while a soloist plays, filling in rhythmic punctuations and syncopation: Most soloists believe John Hicks is one of the best compers in town.

Cook - To play with rhythmic inspiration: Big Nick’s band absolutely cooked.

Cutting Contest - A form of musical competition joined in by bands or individual musicians, in essence a battle of the bands or musicians: Coleman Hawkins was the king of cutting contests; when he walked in, every other tenor player just packed up his horn.

Dig - To understand, often to penetrate a hidden meaning, introduced into Jazz speech by Louis Armstrong: I dig good Jazz when I hear it.

Flagwaver - A spectacular piece of music or part of a musical performance intended to excite listeners and win their applause: The things that people liked about Benny Goodman’s band were Gene Krupa’s drum solos and Harry James' screaming, high note trumpet, the flagwaving.

Fours - A musical chase in which the soloists play four bars or measures of music, each: When Zoot Sims and Al Cohn traded fours, the excitement level always went up a notch or two.

Gig - A job, such as club appearance or concert: He picked up the bass fiddle after a long layoff and began working nightclub gigs.

Head or Head Arrangement - An arrangement of a song that is not written, but remembered by the band members (the tune and progression to improvise on): Count Basie's band uses a lot of heads, not those written arrangements and that's why his band really cooks.

Hip - Wise, knowing: I know all about the blues, I’m hip to it.

In the Pocket - Refers to the rhythm section being really together: Those guys are really in the pocket, tonight.

Jam Session - A gathering in a nightclub or studio in which a group of musicians gather informally and improvise at length on a few numbers. These gatherings are usually held after work hours, with an audience consisting of other musicians and devotees.

Lick - A musical phrase: His licks are original, even though he sounds just like Dizzy Gillespie.

Line – A melody or bit of melodic continuity used in the building of an improvised chorus: Bird’s line on ‘The Song Is You’ is a database of licks still played by musicians striving to be hip.

Mainstream – Of music or a musician, characteristic of or belonging to a school or style of Jazz that has roots in the Swing period: Mainstream Jazz really swings.

Mean – Statement of quality; earthy and primitive: That cat plays some mean tenor sax.

Mellow – Pleasing, excellent: His girlfriend is really mellow.

Moldy Fig -- During the Bop era, fans and players of the new music used this term to describe fans and players of the earlier New Orleans Jazz: The Moldy Figs are certain the best Jazz was played in New Orleans before 1915.

Noodlin' - To just play music in a tentative, exploratory and sometimes desultory manner: Quit noodlin’ and play some real music!

Out to Lunch -- Same as lame: That guy is out to lunch, I can't stand the way he plays the trombone.

Pad - One’s home be it a house, apartment or bed: Why don’t you come by my pad and listen to the new Miles Davis record.

Pots Are On – The music is exciting, thrilling: As soon as I walked in the club, I could hear that the pots were really on.

Pull One’s Coat – To bring to someone’s attention: It was Brother Mark who first pulled my coat to Dexter Gordon.

Quit The Scene – To leave, and by extension, to die: Bird had a troubled life and quit the scene much, much too early.

Release - The third group of four measures in a common form of sixteen-bar chorus, which supplies a bridge between repetitions of the melody; the phrase “B” in themes of the A, A, B, A sequence: Check out the release of Monk’s tune, "‘Round Midnight."

Riff - Short, ostinato melodic figures, sometimes against which one instrument improvises: The repeated phrases which the Basie band’s brass and reed sections threw back and forth became known as riffs.

Scat - Improvised lyrics as nonsense syllables; reportedly originated on the "Hot Five" song "Heebie Jeebies" when Louis Armstrong dropped his lyrics and had to keep singing, so he improvised a wordless vocal: I really dig the way Dizzy sings scat.

Scene - A place or atmosphere; center of activity for musicians: In the late twenties, the real Jazz scene was in Chicago.

Sharp - Fashionable: He loved to dress sharp.

Smokin' - Playing with great skill and intensity: Last night at the Village Vanguard, Coltrane was absolutely smokin’.

Solid - A swing-era superlative which is little used today: Little Jazz can blow up a storm, he's really "solid."

Square - An un-hip person: When it came to his choice in music, Richard Nixon was really square.

Stretch Out – To play music over a period of time sufficiently long enough to permit a thorough exploration of one’s theme: Some of these tunes are so short that nobody has a chance to stretch out and blow on it.

Stroll – To refrain from playing: No piano on that song because the pianist decided to stroll.

Tag - Used to end the tune, repeating the last phrase three times: Check out the tag that Dizzy put on "‘Round Midnight.”

Take five - A way of telling someone to take a five minute break: After we finish this tune, let’s all take five.

Take it out – Move into the final chorus, conclude the piece: After soloists, the vocalist will take it out.

Tell a story – To communicate significantly, i.e. what one most profoundly feels: Lots of other cats can play the trumpet but when Lee Morgan picks up the horn, he always tells a story.

Too much – Very good: When she sings, it’s just too much.

Wail - To play a tune extremely well; burn, cook: Basie's band can really "wail."

Walking bass or walking rhythm - an energetic four-beat rhythm pattern: I really dig the way Errol Garner plays, working the melody with his left hand and a "walking bass" with his right.

Woodshed (or Shed) - To practice: Duke was up all night shedin' that untouchable lick.


 Printer Friendly version

 Jazz Download
2 Miles
Performers: Jean Toussaint... Download Now

More Jazz Downloads

 Jazz Webcast
0

Fri Oct 15 - Sat Oct 16
More Webcasts

 Featured Item


Read more


gmnyour arts network
 GMN.com 
 GMN ClassicalPlus   GMN JazzPlus 
Become an Affiliate · Contact Us · Advertising · News · Links
Home · Register · Terms of Use · Privacy Policy · Information Center · Help

Copyright © 1999 - 2001 Global Music Network Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Music downloads, audio and video provided for personal, non-commercial use only and may not be re-distributed.

Sat, Oct 16, 2021 2:41:17 PM US EST
back to top
0.140625 Seconds
v4.0b - gmn.com - True
Easynet