Cool And West Coast Jazz
57 artists, 1649 songs
Cool jazz was born when a group of musicians led by trumpet player Miles Davis and composer/arranger Gil Evans decided to leave the technical improvisations of bebop behind to create a laid back, melodic style of jazz that emphasized composition and arrangement. This group's influential 1949 and 1950 sessions helped establish the foundation for modern jazz and were later compiled onto an album called The Birth of the Cool. Cool jazz flourished on the west coast where the Dave Brubeck Quartet, the Modern Jazz Quartet and Gerry Mulligan, who formed a quartet featuring trumpet player Chet Baker, performed almost nightly in local clubs and recorded some of the genre's most popular albums.