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April 17, 2019

bebop album cover


Vintage album cover/poster with Dizzy Gillespie;



Of all of the Jazz styles, Bebop remains as one of the most sophisticated both in its structure and intricate improvisational forms.



It has had lasting effect on modern Jazz since its early development in the 1940s and there haven’t been very many Jazz performances since that haven’t included elements of Bebop in one way or another. Its impact was profound.  It revolutionized Jazz for the ensuing decades – up until the present day.



The development of Bebop was a major turning point in Jazz. It emerged as younger musicians were breaking away from the popular, dance driven, Big Band music, which had dominated Jazz since the late 1920’s.






It signaled the dawn of modern Jazz – influencing new directions in Jazz and non-Jazz styles that emerged during the second half of the 20th century and even into the 21st century from Jump Music and Rock and Roll to Post-Bop, Avant-garde, Hip hop and more.



Miles Davis once said, “You can tell the history of Jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker”. Armstrong was a foundational figure who influenced the seminal styles of Jazz during its first 50 years and Parker took it from there.






Bebop’s star players and creators not only include Charlie Parker, but Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke, Max Roach and others. Listen to any recordings from the 40s or 50s from these artists for an authentic Bebop experience.



The music is also known for group interaction through complex forms of improvisation while exploring rhythmic accents, manipulating scales with dense phrasing. It’s harmonically daring with band members weaving intricate patterns of notes at break neck speeds, many times in unison, while keeping the music accessible on most levels.



Bebop was still the hippest and most intellectual music of its time and a favorite of the beat generation. Looking back, and into the future, we can only respect the genre for its historical significance, fearless attitude, brilliant artists and sophisticated content.



“Bebop was a label that certain journalists later gave it, but we never labeled the music. It was just modern music, we would call it. We wouldn’t call it anything, really, just music.” A statement by drummer Kenny Clarke.



Bebop’s lasting effect can still be heard in much of the Jazz being performed around the world today. Musicians who play the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe often play the genre straight up or use Bebop related elements and improvisation techniques in their performance.   Listen for it the next time you are there.





Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM. She made her mark at WDET 101.9FM where she was program director and daily on-air music host for more than 30 years.



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