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49. alligator: a non-playing swing devotee. 1937 This Thing Called Swing, p. 3. Y. , p. 15. " 1946 Duke Ellington, p. 178. He talked of "jitterbugs" and instrument. "alligators" enthusiasts. — — more conservatively known as swing music — 1955 Hear Me Talking to Ya, We'd p. 97. because they were the guys who them alligators came up to swallow everything we had to learn. call . . [refers to the practice in traditional jazz of all all-in, adj. the instruments coming back in after the individual solo choruses have been played; current except since TUB, and chorus : see historical; (let's) go home] c.

You bombershay bombs, n. pi. [so called because of the volume and suddenness with which they erupt; current since c. 1944] Unexpected bass drum accents, made an integral part of drumming by Kenny Clarke in the first years of bop (c. 1944), though occasional accidental or humorous use of them predate Clarke. 1955 Hear Me Talkin to Ya, . — 29 [ p. 289. call BOOGIE ] He taught me how Dodds . . p, 34. underscores the work of the hornmen with 'Tbombs" and off-beat rolls. — 1961 The Sound, Life, p.

2. c. 1935-c. , and c. 1937-c. 1943 the term was usually pejorative; obs. since c. 1943] A unsuccessful or unhappy state or condition; impoverishment. 1942 American Mercury, July, p. 96. the bear: confes- [from the rhyming slang vogue — sion of poverty. — 1944 Dan Burleys Original Handbook of Harlem, Jive, p. 60. " — 1959 The Jazz Scene, nowhere [jazz sense] cat's playing the bear's p. 292. Jack the Bear: beat, n. [see 1958 quot. for semantic development; current since c. 1900; see also time] 1956 quots.

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