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Cool jazzlocked

  • Barry Kernfeld

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From the late 1940s, a jazz style derived largely from Bop, but advocating a moderation of those musical, emotional or ritualistic qualities associated with the parent style. Most of its musicians pursued a soft level of dynamics, for example favouring drum brushes rather than sticks, and many avoided a pronounced use of vibrato. Beyond this the pursuit of moderation was diverse and inconsistent. Possibilities included the meticulously restrained lyricism of Stan Getz’s solo on ...

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