Straight-ahead Jazz
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Straight-ahead Jazz

Straight-ahead jazz is a jazz music style from the period between bebop and the 1960s' styles of Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. It is considered the lingua franca of jam sessions, and can usually be contrasted with smooth jazz.

It has the following characteristics:

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


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