Miles Davis’ ‘Birth of the Cool’

Miles Davis’ ‘Birth of the Cool’ is an album recorded on January 21 & April 22, 1949 and March 9, 1950 with a nonet at WOR Studios in New York City and released In February 1957 by Capitol.

Track Listing : 1.Move (Denzil Best) – 02:32 . 2.Jeru (Gerry Mulligan) – 03:10 . 3.Moon Dreams (Chummy Macgregor, Johnny Mercer) – 03:17 . 4.Venus De Milo (Gerry Mulligan) – 03:10 . 5.Budo (Miles Davis, Bud Powell) – 02:32 . 6.Deception (Davis) – 02:45 . 7.Godchild (George Wallington) – 03:07 . 8.Boplicity (Cleo Henry, Miles Davis, Gil Evans) – 02:59 . 9.Rocker (Gerry Mulligan) – 03:03 . 10.Israel (Johnny Carisi) – 02:15 . 11.Rouge (John Lewis) – 03:13 . 12.Darn That Dream (Eddie Delange, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 03:26

Musicians : Miles Davis – Trumpet . Kai Winding – Trombone On (1 – 2 – 5 – 7) . J. J. Johnson – Trombone On (4 – 8 – 10 – 11 – 3 – 6 – 9 – 12) . Junior Collins – French Horn On (1 – 2 – 5 – 7) . Sandy Siegelstein – French Horn On (4 – 8 – 10 – 11) . Gunther Schuller – French Horn On (3 – 6 – 9 – 12) . Bill Barber – Tuba . Lee Konitz – Alto Saxophone . Gerry Mulligan – Baritone Saxophone . Al Haig – Piano On (1 – 2 – 5 – 7) . John Lewis – Piano (4 – 8 – 10 – 11 – 3 – 6 – 9 – 12) . Joe Shulman – Bass On (1 – 2 – 5 – 7) . Nelson Boyd – Bass On (4 – 8 – 10 – 11) . Al Mckibbon – Bass On (3 – 6 – 9 – 12) . Max Roach – Drums (1 – 2 – 5 – 7 – 3 – 6 – 9 – 12) . Kenny Clarke – Drums On (4 – 8 – 10 – 11) . Kenny Hagood – Vocal On (12)

Production : Produced By Walter Rivers, Pete Rugolo . John Lewis, Gerry Mulligan, Gil Evans

Arrangements : John Lewis, Gerry Mulligan, Gil Evans

Package : Aram Avakian – Cover Photo . Pete Welding – Liner Notes . Gerry Mulligan – Liner Notes

Recorded January 21 & April 22, 1949 And March 9, 1950 At Wor Studios, New York, New York.

Released In February 1957 By Capitol.

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jazz.com
This was a nine-piece all-star ensemble with arrangements by some of the top young writers on the scene. Its instrumentation was a bit unusual, and the musicians had to work hard to make the music sound right. They did, and it did. […]

The Guardian
50 great moments in jazz: Birth of the CoolThis new approach would place jazz improvisation against slow-shifting and ambiguous harmonies that could gradually change like light and shade within a room. […]

Sputnikmusic.com
“Birth Of The Cool” is a truly groundbreaking album. It’s seminal in the fact that this is the album bebop was really first noticed on. Miles sets an atmosphere like none other, creating a cool yet daring environment. […]

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Miles Davis’ ‘Birth of the Cool’

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