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Dixieland

Also "Dixie." A term popularly applied to players (especially from the North) who continued in the New Orleans' jazz tradition.


Humphey Lyttelton, "Tin Roof Blues"

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danzon

Also danzón. A 19th century Cuban dance derived from European contredances; a musical form usually played by a charanga (Latin).

descarga

A Latin jam session.

dirty tone

A description used in the in the 1920s and 1930s for horn players with a rough, noisy tone quality.

double

The ability to play more than one instrument.

double-time

A doubling of tempo in the melody while the accompanying instruments remain at the slower tempo; or all the instruments doubling the tempo together. This is a common rhythm device in ballad playing.

All Of You (1963)
Miles Davis

down-home

Music that is honest, folk-like, and possibly funky.

downbeat

The first beat of a measure.

drone

Another name for pedal point.

drum set

Also "drum kit." A collection of drums, cymbals, and various other percussion instruments played by a single drummer; includes a bass drum, tom-toms, snare drum, hi-hat cymbal, ride cymbal, etc.

Virtual drum set

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dub

A copy of another recording.

dynamics

Different degrees of volume and intensity.

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