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 West Coast jazz (WCJ) developed in Los Angeles and San Francisco during the 1950s with iconic musicians and American ambassadors  influencing its direction: Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Stan Kenton, Bill Evans, Bud Shank, Clare Fischer, Cal Tjader, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck. 

The music relies  relatively more on composition and arrangement than on the individually  improvised playing.  

The sound is identified by the use of counterpoint, the emphasis on relaxed tempos, the restrained drum sound, the experimentation with different combinations of instruments, the heavy reliance on composition structures, the openness to new sounds are all its trademarks.   

Among the notable musicians of the last five decades who have contributed to the WCJ movement are: Henry Mancini,   Lalo Schifrin, Stevie Wonder,  Joe Henderson, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Herb Alpert (founder of A&M Records), George Duke, Sheila E,  Gregg Field, Poncho Sanchez, Chic Corea,  David Benoit, Dave Koz (Rendez Vous Records), Billy Vera, Danny Elfman, Mark Isham, and  Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar (To Pimp a Butterfly), Kamasi Washington (The Epic and West Coast Get Down),  bassist Thundercat, producer and  Brainfeeder Records founder,
Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison) ,  composer/performer Terrace Martin,  SF Jazz Collective, Terence Blanchard ( Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Spike Lee),  and Robert Glasper,  to name a few.   Father and son duo Clare and Brent Fischer began working with giant pop stars like Michael Jackson, Prince, Usher, D'Angelo injecting timeless orchestration into R&B and pop repertoire and award-winning recordings ( 2016 Grammy® Record of The Year for D'Angelo's "Really Love" from his album "Black Messiah").  Brent's big band arrangement aesthetic of popular classic Pictures At An Exhibition by Mussorgsky is worth a mention.
" ....we presumably imagine modern  art when strolling through the imaginary exhibition with a Big Band  today."

West Coast Jazz has its fingerprint in Hollywood Films, TV and today's popular  music -- Funk, Latin Jazz, New Age, Pop, Hip-Hop, EDM.   Its unique sound continues to evolve  with a new generation of artists  reflecting California's diverse  landscape and communities. 

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 "Exciting younger artists with grand ambitions are revitalizing the  idiom; a robust support structure, from festivals to conservatories, is  providing stability and a future-oriented confidence ...the third great wave of  West Coast jazz. "

2018 Related Article by Ted Gioia   
The Revival of West Coast Jazz

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What do Andy Warhol and Peter Max have in  common? Yes, they did artwork for

jazz album covers.      Many jazz labels and their designers cultivated a particular look for  their albums, whether it be Reid Miles’ cool graphics and typography for  Blue Note in the ’50s, photographer Lee Friedlander’s distinctive  portraits for Atlantic in the ’60s to the  aesthetic that Barbara Wojirsch has developed with ECM for much of the last five decades.  

The Moods of Chet & Claxton

 PACIFIC JAZZ  was started in 1952 in Los Angeles by Richard Bock. It was the very  first release, a 10" LP, that really  kicked off the new jazz label. The cover is shown on top to the right:  Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Chet Baker became a worldwide  success.

 The recording took place in the summer of 1952. A month before, Mulligan had opened at The Haig Club in Los Angeles. The sounds from The Haig were far from the blowing sessions on Central Avenue in the same town. It was lyrical but swinging at low decibel level. It came to be labeled as "cool" or West Coast Jazz.  Enjoy Pacific Jazz album art here

"Blue Note captured the refined sophistication of jazz during the  early 60s, giving it its signature look in the process, writes Estelle  Caswell for Vox.  When asked to visualize what jazz looks like, you  might picture bold typography, two tone photography,  and minimal graphic design. If you did, you’re recalling the work of a  jazz label that single-handedly defined the “look” of jazz music in the  1950s and1960s: Blue Note. Inspired by the ever present Swiss lettering  style that defined 20th century graphic design  (think Paul Rand), Blue Note captured the refined sophistication of  jazz during the early 60s, particularly during the hard bop era, and  gave it a definitive visual identity through album covers,"  says Estelle Caswell who takes us on a  musical journey to discover the stories  behind your favorite songs. Check out the entire Vox Earworm playlist  here:  http://bit.ly/2QCwhMH     Watch  full video catalog:  http://goo.gl/IZONyE  



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