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1.Rhythm operates within the framework of metre. Metre without rhythm is a bit like going to book shop and saying "Can I have a book that's seven centimetres thick please?" Even though we often talk about "rhythmic accuracy" or "keeping rhythm", rhythm is usually everything that happens apart from the main beats of the metre. Thus, a really expressive jazz singer will be usually ahead of the beat (i.e. earlier - which is why it's sometimes called backphrasing), using subtle microtimings that give an illusion of being totally free of constraint, while remaining within a metric framework.
2. Backphrasing----------means: someone will be singing out of time.
From the glossary of Cabaret/Broadway words and phrases that have been translated into standard musician language.