Cool - Four Brothers After Woody Herman (1946 - 1961)

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Bandleader Woody Herman created a distinctive sound around The Four Brothers -the three tenor plus baritone sax front line of Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Herbie Stewart (later Al Cohn) and Serge Chaloff—and the writing of clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre. In time, Getz, Sims, Chaloff, Cohn and Giuffre would all become distinctive soloists and all had a role in defining West Coast Jazz in the 1950s.


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Stan Getz Quartet. "Opus De Bop" from Bebop Story: Vol. 077, White Bebop Boys Vol. 1 (1945-47) (Encyclopedia of Jazz) 4:14
  • Host speaks 6:43
  • Woody Herman and his Orchestra. "Early Autumn" from Big Band: Vol. 086, Woody Herman (1947-54) (Encyclopedia of Jazz) 7:35
  • Host speaks 10:45
  • Stan Getz Quintet. "Mosquito Knees" from Stan Getz at Storyville (Roost) 12:46
  • Johnny Smith Quintet. "Moonlight In Vermont" from Moonlight In Vermont (Roost) 18:06
  • Stan Getz Quintet. "The Way You Look Tonight" from Stan Getz Plays (Clef) 21:20
  • Host speaks 24:21
  • Serge Chaloff Quartet. "Thanks For The Memory" from Blue Serge (Capitol) 27:41
  • Serge Chaloff Quartet. "Stairway To The Stars" from Blue Serge (Capitol) 31:28
  • Host speaks 36:17
  • Al Cohn -Zoot Sims Duo. "Improvisation For Unaccompanied Saxophones" from You 'N Me (Mercury) 38:13
  • Al Cohn -Zoot Sims Quintet. "Love For Sale" from You 'N Me (Mercury) 40:37
  • Host speaks 45:28
  • Jimmy Giuffre Trio. "The Train And The River" from Jimmy Giuffre 3 (Atlantic) 48:30
  • Host speaks 52:00
  • Jimmy Giuffre Trio. "Emphasis" from Fusion. (Verve) 52:37
  • Host Outro 56:49

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