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West Coast Cool Genius,
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I am a somewhat late convert to Paul Desmond and the draw of West Coast Cool Jazz, always preferring the more challenging syncopation of bebop and hard bop and the freer jazz of Coltrane. Desmond was Dave Brubeck's saxophonist, but he is well worth a listen to as an artist in his own right. It's not "mellow", it's not "smooth", it's Cool - a different attitude that reflects the more laid-back lifestyle of the West Coast and less of the edgy, although technically brilliant styles of the East Coast. I will be buying many more of Mr. Desmond's recordings and expanding my collection to include more of this sub genre. Open your minds, your hearts and ears to the sound of the West Coast.