MUSICAL CONCEPTS AND TERMINOLOGY

The following are places on the Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz where examples of specific musical concepts and terms can be found.

The roman numeral refers to the CD disc, the arabic numeral to the track on the disc: e.g., II/1;7 means "CD disc #2, track #17."

atonal (or "outside") backbeat
numerous examples, but see: block chord texture (a subset of homophonic texture)
numerous examples (especially in big-band style), but see: breaks (monophonic texture) chromatic harmony comping
numerous examples, but see: double-time dropping bombs
numerous examples, but see: free rhythm modulation
numerous examples, but see: monophonic texture: see breaks
obbligato pedal point polyphony (polyphonic texture)
numerous examples (especially in New Orleans jazz), but see: riffs
numerous examples, but see: rubato "send-off riffs": stop-time
three beats to the bar: one beat to a bar (or every other bar): timbral variation
numerous examples, but see especially: trading fours vamp (ostinato) variable intonation
numerous examples, but see: walking bass
numerous examples, but see especially:

INSTRUMENTS

Some of the more unfamiliar instruments--or familiar instruments in unfamiliar roles--are highlighted in the following examples.

banjo (in rhythm section) baritone saxophone (as soloist) bass (as soloist): guitar (acoustic)
in rhythm section: as soloist: guitar (electric) tuba soprano saxophone vibraharp ("vibes") (as soloist) Info and Materials page
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