Our november playlist is full of smooth jazzy sounds. Jazz is for sure one of the most elegant styles and West Coast Jazz rocks our monthly playlist this time. This sound was developed around Los Angeles and San Francisco during the 1950s. It is often seen as a sub-genre of cool jazz, which featured a less frenetic, calmer style than bebop or hard bop.

The music tended to be more heavily arranged and more often composition-based. While this style was prominent for a while, it was by no means the only style of jazz played on the West Coast, which exhibited more variety than could be conveyed by a simple name.

The West coast sound perhaps didn’t reach the gravitas that the East coast had, but, after all, these were Californians enjoying the sun and the surf and the extent that celebrity offered itself through the studio work that the entertainment industry was offering.

Some of the main performers playing West Coast Jazz are Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Chico Hamilton or Zoot Sims.


01. Love Is Here To Stay. Stan Getz
02. Perhaps/ Cool Blues. Roy Ayers
03. Take Five – Studio Rio Version. Dave Brubeck & Carmen McRae
04. Manha De Carnaval. Dexter Gordon
05. Jazz Me Blues. Art Pepper
06. Twisted Blues. Wes Montgomery
07. Mr. Jo Jones. Chico Hamilton
08. Spooky. Cal Tjader
09. Be My Guest. Quincy Jones
10. Love Makes The World Go’ Round. Zoot Sims
11. Volare. Barney Kessel
12. I’m An Old Cowhand. Sonny Rollins
13. Inquietaçao. Laurindo Almeida
14. Five Brothers. Gerry Mulligan Quartet
15. Blue Moon. Carmen McRae
16. Watermelon Man. Mongo Santamaría
17. Fever. Quincy Jones
18. Round Trip. Eddie Costa & Sal Salvador
19. 5 ½ Weeks. The Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra
20. Easy Living. Hampton Hawes Trio

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Dexter Gordon
Sarah Vaughan, Bobby Shad and Quincy Jones
Carmen McRae
Chico Hamilton



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