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cool jazz

noun
1.
a restrained, fluid modern-jazz style of the 1950s, marked by intricate harmonic structures, de-emphasized dynamics, and carefully controlled phrasing and ensemble playing, often with a slight lagging behind the beat.
Also called West Coast jazz.
Origin of cool jazz
1945-1950
First recorded in 1945-50
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