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Cool Jazz and Hard Bop, 1945-1960

In his simply titled book Jazz, John Fordham remarks, "If swing was jazz that went to the public with open arms, bebop was jazz that turned its back on its audience." The period 1945-1960 in the history of jazz opens with the birth of bebop, and concludes with styles so rich and varied that categorization itself defies their musical purpose.

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