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What are two similarities and two differences between Cool Jazz and Afro Cuban Jazz?

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While both technically fall under the banner of jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz and cool jazz tend to be pretty different. Afro-Cuban jazz can often be characterized by the use of extra percussion. Bongos, congas, and other percussive instruments were present in a way they had not been before. In fact, one of the major collaborations of Afro-Cuban jazz was between trumpet player Dizzie Gillespie and Chano Pozo, a percussionist. Cool jazz, on the other hand, tended to utilize a more strictly traditional jazz instrumentation, without any extra...

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The two styles of jazz are quite different. Afro Cuban Jazz incorporates a lot of percussion instruments, and puts the emphasis on the rhythm. Cool jazz is known for its softer percussion, and a more subdued feeling.You might turn on Afro Cuban Jazz when you want to dance, and Cool Jazz when you want to contemplate or reflect.

They also originated in different areas and at different times. Cool Jazz emerged in the United States in the late 1940s. Afro Cuban Jazz came from Cuba and other Spanish Caribbean countries in the early 1900s.

Still, the paths of the two styles overlapped. Both Cool Jazz and Afro Cuban Jazz were popular in the U.S. in the 1950s and being recorded by several different artists. Cool Jazz influenced a later form of Afro Cuban Jazz known as Bossa Nova, which kept the emphasis on rhythm, and incorporated more of a cool feeling.