A one-off collaboration set up by producer Ron Miller, Medium Cool was Miller on stand-up acoustic bass; Robert Arron on piano and tenor saxophone; Richard Dworkin on drums; and A.J. Mantas on vibes and piano; with vocals by Alex Chilton (well into the jazz and blues vibe that characterized his solo career in the '90s), Adele Bertei (the Contortions, Thomas Dolby), Angel Torsen, and post-punk New York scene fixture James White. (White also doubled on alto saxophone on his tracks.) Medium Cool -- named of course after the cult favorite film by Haskell Wexler -- released one album, a 1991 tribute to the late cool jazz singer/trumpeter Chet Baker called Imagination, on which each vocalist essays two or three jazz and pop standards associated with Baker.
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