cool jazz


noun

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.

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Also called West Coast jazz.

Origin of cool jazz

First recorded in 1945–50
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