Birth of the Cool

Birth of the Cool

by Miles Davis


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Although Miles Davis initially came to fame as the trumpet foil for bop giant Charlie Parker, the first recordings to gain him wide attention were the 1949 and 1950 sessions that were later dubbed “The Birth of the Cool.” These highly influential sides brought Davis together with such important collaborators as arranger Gil Evans, saxophonists Gerry Mulligan and Lee Konitz, and pianist John Lewis. The music itself, inspired by such forerunners as the saxophone playing of Lester Young and the impressionistic big-band sounds of Claude Thornhill, certainly drew on a “cooler” palette than the more frenetic modern jazz of the period. Still, this new attitude coaxed superb improvisations from the featured players, whose concise passages flowed beautifully through the highly crafted arrangements. The arresting tonal colors and more restrained atmosphere drew in a new generation of players -- mainly on the West Coast -- who, during the early 1950s, brought the popular “Cool School” of jazz into being. By that time, Davis himself had moved on to contemplate different musical vistas.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/09/2001
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724353011727
catalogNumber: 30117

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Leader
Haig   Piano
Lee Konitz   Alto Saxophone
John Lewis   Piano
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone
Max Roach   Drums
McKibbon   Bass
Billy Barber   Tuba
John Barber   Tuba
Nelson Boyd   Bass
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Junior Collins   French Horn
Kenny "Pancho" Hagood   Vocals
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Gunther Schuller   French Horn
Joe Shulman   Bass
Sandy Siegelstein   French Horn
Kai Winding   Trombone

Technical Credits

Miles Davis   Arranger
John Lewis   Arranger
Gerry Mulligan   Arranger,Liner Notes
Pete Rugolo   Producer
Johnny Carisi   Arranger
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Gil Evans   Arranger
Pete Welding   Liner Notes
Franko Caligiuri   Reissue Producer,Reissue Art
Aram Avakian   Cover Photo
Walter Rivers   Producer
Cleo Henry   Composer

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Birth of the Cool 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have few words to define this very delicious album. Extraordinary. Powerful. Melodic. Joyous. Terrific. Magnificent. Glorious. Precious. Exciting. And truly...undefinitive. All these words also are the words that express the one and only Miles Louis Armstrong and many jazz artists and legends before him, he was truly the empire of jazz.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is legendary music played by very accomplished musicians and still sounds fresh and interesting, even though recorded over 50 years ago. If you're a jazz fan: get this disc and also Gerry Mulligan's ''Re-Birth of The Cool'' from 1991. (Mulligan was a writer/arranger and member of this 1949 Miles Davis group).
Guest More than 1 year ago
cool cd
Anonymous More than 1 year ago