free jazz

noun
spontaneously experimental, free-form jazz, popularized as an avant-garde phenomenon in the 1960s by various soloists and characterized by random expression and disregard for traditional structures, tonalities, and rhythms.
Also called new thing.
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free jazz

an approach to jazz improvisation that emerged during the late 1950s, reached its height in the '60s, and remained a major development in jazz thereafter.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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The dishwasher drone of domesticity has turned into free jazz.
He played within a tradition that's usually called free jazz, and it's worth noting that it is-and already was-a tradition.
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