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free jazz

noun
1.
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 form

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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