cool-jazz

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. Also called West Coast jazz. Compare bop1, hard bop, modern jazz, progressive jazz.

Origin:
1945–50

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cool jazz

noun
jazz that is restrained and fluid and marked by intricate harmonic structures often lagging slightly behind the beat 
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