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In the late 1940's and 1950's cool jazz evolved directly from bop. Essentially it was a mixture of bop with certain aspects of swing that had been overlooked or temporarily discarded. Dissonances were smoothed out, tones were softened, arrangements became important again and the rhythm section's accents were less jarring. Because some of the key pacesetters of the style (many of whom were studio musicians) were centered in Los Angeles, it was nicknamed "West Coast Jazz." Some of the recordings were experimental in nature (hinting at classical music) while some overarranged sessions were bland but in general this was a viable and popular style. By the late 1950's hard bop from the East Coast had succeeded cool jazz although many of the style's top players had long and productive careers. Among the many top artists who were important in the development of Cool Jazz were Lester Young, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Shorty Rogers and Howard Rumsey (leader of the Lighthouse All-Stars).

(Scott Yanow)


Miles Davis - Birth Of The Cool

Listen to: Jeru

Davis, Miles (tp); Winding, Kai (tb); Collins, Junior (frh); Barber, John (tu); Konitz, Lee (as); Mulligan, Gerry (bs); Haig, Al (p); Shulman, Joe (b); Roach, Max (dr)

Recorded: 21-01-1949

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coola02Lennie Tristano - Lennie Tristano

Listen to: These Foolish Things

Tristano, Lennie (p); Konitz, Lee (as); Ramey, Gene (b); Taylor, Art (dr)

Recorded: 1955

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Gerry Mulligan - Gerry Mulligan Quartet

Listen to: Turnstile

Baker, Chet (tp); Mulligan, Gerry (bs); Smith, Carson (b); Bunker, Larry (dr)

Recorded: 07-05-1953

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coola04Lee Konitz - Subconscious Lee

Listen to: Subconscious Lee

Konitz, Lee (as); Tristano, Lennie (p); Bauer, Billy (g); Fishkin, Arnold (b); Manne, Shelly (dr)

Recorded: 11-01-1949

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