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Sound Ideas #20 - Cool School
Welcome to an hour of the best of the "cool school". Thanks for stopping by.
Artist Track Album
Dave Brubeck Octet Let's Fall in Love Distinctive Rhythm Instrumentals
Miles Davis Rocker Birth of the Cool
Annie Ross and Gerry Mulligan How About You? Annie Ross Sings a Song with Mulligan
Cannonball Adderley One for Daddy-O Somethin' Else
Zoot Sims Doggin' Around Down Home
Vince Guaraldi Linus and Lucy A Charlie Brown Christmas
Ray Charles and Milt Jackson X-Ray Blues Blues + Jazz
Joe Lovano Quiet Lady Joyous Encounter
Herb Ellis and Ray Brown Inka Dinka Do Soft Shoe
Dave Brubeck Like Someone in Love The Great Concerts

The cool school began in earnest in the late 1940s in part as a response to the rise of bebop but also a reflection of the different feel that various cities exuded at the time. While New York was the king of high energy and at times frantic sounds, the West Coast, San Francisco and Los Angeles in particular, enjoyed a more laid back sensibility. In this hour we will hear from the cool school, which ultimately was not strictly a West Coast genre, not a sleepy time musical parade, but rather one that borrowed from European classical form while at the same time maintaining swinging improvisation at its core.