any of various styles of jazz that have evolved since the early 1940s and are marked generally by harmonic and rhythmic complexity, emphasis on chord progressions rather than melody, a tendency to draw on classical forms and styles, and eclectic, allusive melodic tags in improvisation.Also called progressive jazz.Compare bop1, cool jazz, hard bop.
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Origin of modern jazz
First recorded in 1950–55
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British Dictionary definitions for modern jazz
any of the styles of jazz that evolved between the early 1940s and the later emergence of avant-garde jazz, characterized by a greater harmonic and rhythmic complexity than hitherto
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