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Originally published Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 6:17 AM

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3 jazz classics to cool down summer’s simmer


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By now all true Northwesterners are complaining about the heat, because summer isn’t really summer without a little rainy, cold gray, right? Well, since it doesn’t look as if the weather’s going to cooperate, how about chilling with some classic cool jazz?

‘Birth of the Cool’

This Miles Davis album is actually a compilation of 78 rpm records released by a studio band that existed for only a few weeks, but its lilting melodies and minimalist harmonies, on cuts such as “Boplicity,” “Jeru” and “Godchild,” will probably last forever.

‘Jazz Samba’

With Brazil all up in the news these days, it’s time the current generation rediscovered the album that broke bossa nova to the world, making standards of such tunes as Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Desafinado” and “One Note Samba.” It doesn’t get any cooler than this.

‘Joy Despite Everything’

What a great title, eh? This light and lovely new album by Italian pianist Stefano Bollani (with guitarist Bill Frisell and tenor sax man Mark Tuner) somehow put me in the mind of cool jazz — particularly the West Coast variety — possibly because of its unusual combination of blithe offhandedness and focused intention.

Paul de Barros, Seattle Times jazz critic



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