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The ClueJazz bit (4 letter answer)
NotesThe answer RIFF is uncommon, appearing about once every 575 puzzles.
Related CluesBit of jazz
Take off (on)
Jazz player's phrase
Jazzman's repeated phrase
Repeated musical phrase
Jazzman's repeated melodic phrase
Songwriter's starting point, maybe
DefinitionRIFF as a noun:
1. (Riff, Riffian) = a Berber living in northern Morocco
2. a jazz ostinato; usually provides a background for a solo improvisation
RIFF as a verb:
1. (flick, flip, thumb, riffle, leaf, riff) = look through a book or other written material; "He thumbed through the report"; "She leafed through the volume"
2. play riffs