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A classic West Coast jazz quartet: saxophonist Paul Desmond, drummer Joe Dodge, pianist Dave Brubeck, bassist Bob Bates.
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October 14, 2008 As opposed to the hard-bop sound dominant on the East Coast during the '50s, the West Coast sound was a bit mellower and more lyrical, with blended harmonies and more interest in composition and arrangement than improvisation. In these five songs, you'll hear all the definitive aspects of the West Coast jazz sound.
April 28, 2008 Composer and jazz clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre, who died April 24, was an early pioneer of both the cool jazz and avant-garde jazz movements of the '50s and '60s. In Giuffre's honor, WGBH presents an audio documentary recorded in 1994. The program features Giuffre telling his story in his own words.
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