cool jazz


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.Compare bop1, hard bop, modern jazz, progressive jazz.

Nearby words

  1. cool bag,
  2. cool down,
  3. cool drink,
  4. cool hunter,
  5. cool it,
  6. cool off,
  7. cool one's heels,
  8. cool out,
  9. cool school,
  10. cool, calm, and collected

Origin of cool jazz

First recorded in 1945–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019