This style developed in the 1940s, emphasizing chordal improvisation in place of the melodic improvisation associated with traditional and swing jazz. Practitioners played without regard for dancers, finding hostility from many swing musicians but attracting fans excited over the new direction. Bebop essentially replaced swing as the default jazz style.

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Bebop & Beyond
Article discusses the concepts that led to and developed the bebop sound. Special focus on jazz lineage.
Genres: Bebop
Seven audio recordings of Billy Taylor discussing historical aspects of bebop at the Kennedy Center. [Quicktime format]
The Hard Bop Homepage
Dedicated to the jazz style of the late 1950's and early 1960's known as hardbop. Includes a list of notable musicians and a chronological listing of bop albums.
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