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Shuffle (jazz)locked


(1) A dance step of indefinite southern African-American origin, perhaps dating from the 18th century, in which the feet are moved rhythmically across the floor without being lifted.

(2) A rhythm derived from the dance step. The term is onomatopoeic, “sh” describing its characteristic smoothness (and especially its sound when played on the snare drum). The alternation of long and short syllables (shuf-fle, shuf-fle, …) evokes its distinguishing rhythm (...

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