One of the most interesting aspects to me in playing Jazz (Jass) music is the playing of the above types of additions to the tune arrangements as these additions bring new excitement and anticipation both to listeners and dancers which is not heard in any other form of Dance Music.
In my case and in bands I have played with I have used the “Break” in one of my solos independently of the established “Break point” by calling “Break” to the rest of the Rhythm section at a point of my own choice and this can change from performance to performance. Sometimes other members of the front line do the same with a direct signal during their solo. This can be risky on occasion and we all have to be on our toes, but the unexpected act can create a thrilling spontaneous effect.
Now to explain each term used becomes somewhat more difficult as these “terms” are used mostly in jazz music and so far I have not found a book which deals with this in any way whatsoever. The “AB Guide To Music Theory" by Eric Taylor which I have used on past occasions makes no mention of the terms “Breaks”, “Stops” or “Riffs” and anyway I suspect that these terms are more likely covered by books on Musical Arrangement (which I do not own). So the following are my interpretation of these terms:-
Chris Reilley. (February, 2015)