Miles Davis ‎– Birth Of The Cool

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Birth of the Cool is a compilation album by American jazz musician Miles Davis, released in 1957 on Capitol Records. It compiles eleven songs recorded by Davis's nonet for the label over the course of three sessions during 1949 and 1950. Featuring unusual instrumentation and several notable musicians, the music consisted of innovative arrangements strongly inspired by classical music, and marked a major development in post-bebop jazz. As the title implies, these recordings are considered seminal in the history of cool jazz. The majority of the recordings on the record are under three minutes. The album has since been reissued many times. Blue Note recently released a version using the original tapes from Rudy Van Gelder, who produced the album.

Gil Evans contributed some charts to the sessions, acting as an advisor to a group of musicians who had met in his small New York apartment above a Chinese laundry. Evans had gained a reputation in the jazz world for his orchestration of bebop tunes for the Claude Thornhill orchestra, including Davis's "Donna Lee". Davis was seeking an alternative to the small groups typical of contemporary jazz (he was a member of Charlie Parker's quintet at the time), and in 1947 started to organize the loose circle of musicians into a working group. Rehearsals and experiments took place over the next year.

The nonet performed live only briefly—initially for a two week engagement in late August and early September 1948 at the Royal Roost Club in New York. Billed as the "Miles Davis Band", the group at this time consisted of Davis (trumpet), Mike Zwerin (trombone), Bill Barber (tuba), Junior Collins (French horn), Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone), Lee Konitz (alto saxophone), John Lewis (piano), Al McKibbon (bass), and Max Roach (drums). Former Dizzy Gillespie vocalist Kenny Hagood was featured on a few songs. Unusually, the arrangers (Mulligan, Evans and Lewis) were given credit. The group returned to the Royal Roost later in September, and recordings from 4 September and 18 September 1948 were included on the 1998 Complete Birth of the Cool CD, alongside the later studio sides. There was a further short residency the following year at the Clique Club, but the nonet was not a financial success, and disbanded. In 1949 Davis had a contract with Capitol to record twelve sides for 78 rpm singles. He thus reformed the nonet to record three sessions in January and April 1949 and March 1950. Davis, Konitz, Mulligan and Barber were the only musicians who played on all three sessions, though the instrumental lineup was constant (excepting the omission of piano on a few songs). Originally released as singles, eight of the tracks were compiled in 1953 on a 10" vinyl record in Capitol's "Classics In Jazz" series (H-459), and Birth of the Cool was released in 1957 as a 12" LP that added the remaining three unreleased instrumental pieces ("Move", "Budo" and "Boplicity"). The final track, "Darn That Dream" (the only song with vocals, by Hagood), was included with the other eleven on a 1971 LP. Subsequent releases have been based on this last arrangement.

Musically, the songs on Birth of the Cool stand as an important reaction to the prominent bebop form in contemporary jazz. Though the break can be exaggerated—Charlie Parker participated in the discussions Evans led, most of the musicians were drawn from the bebop scene, and many continued to play in that style for years afterward—it inspired a whole school of jazz musicians, particularly in California in what is usually referred to as "West Coast jazz" or the "cool school".

Tracklist

Move
Jeru
Moon Dreams
Venus De Milo
Budo
Deception
Godchild
Boplicity
Rocker
Israel
Rouge

Versions (75)

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T-762 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, Comp, Mono) Capitol Records T-762 US 1956 Sell This Version
T-762 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, Comp, Mono) Capitol Records T-762 Netherlands 1956 Sell This Version
T-762 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, Comp, Mono) Capitol Records T-762 US 1956 Sell This Version
T-762 Miles Davis Nacimiento Del Cool Jazz(LP, Album, Comp, Mono) Capitol Records T-762 Argentina 1956 Sell This Version
T-762, T.762 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, Mono) Capitol Records, Capitol Records T-762, T.762 France 1957 Sell This Version
T 762, T. 762 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, Mono) Capitol Records, Capitol Records T 762, T. 762 UK 1957 Sell This Version
T-762 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album) Capitol Records T-762 US 1958 Sell This Version
T-762 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album) Capitol Records T-762 France 1958 Sell This Version
T-762 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, Mono) Capitol Records T-762 Canada 1958 Sell This Version
T762 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, Mono) Capitol Records T762 Italy 1958 Sell This Version
T-762, T762 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, RP, Mono) Capitol Records, Capitol Records T-762, T762 France 1958 Sell This Version
T-762, T762 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, RP, Mono) Capitol Records, Capitol Records T-762, T762 France 1958 Sell This Version
T 1974 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album) Capitol Records T 1974 UK 1963 Sell This Version
T 1974 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, Mono) Capitol Records T 1974 US 1963 Sell This Version
DT-8-1974, DT 8-1974 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Comp, Club, RE, Duo) Capitol Records, Capitol Records DT-8-1974, DT 8-1974 US 1969 Sell This Version
SNIR-CP 25.001 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, RE) Ricordi International SNIR-CP 25.001 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
8E07480798 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, RE, Mono) Capitol Records 8E07480798 Portugal 1972 Sell This Version
2M056-80798, 2M 056 80.798 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, RE, Mono, Gat) The Jazz Club, The Jazz Club 2M056-80798, 2M 056 80.798 France 1972 Sell This Version
S-21.454 Miles Davis El Nacimiento Del Cool(LP, Album, Comp, RE) Movieplay S-21.454 Spain 1972 Sell This Version
CR-8035 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, Mono) Capitol Records CR-8035 Japan 1974 Sell This Version
CR-8035 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, Mono, Red) Capitol Records CR-8035 Japan 1974 Sell This Version
ECJ-70056 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, RE) Capitol Records ECJ-70056 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
1C 056-80 798 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, RE, Mono) Capitol Records, EMI Electrola 1C 056-80 798 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
CAPS 1024 Miles Davis The Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Capitol Records CAPS 1024 UK 1978 Sell This Version
SGD-83, T-762 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, Mono) Capitol Records, Capitol Records SGD-83, T-762 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
ECJ-50050 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, Mono, RE, 180) Capitol Records ECJ-50050 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
CP32-5181 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(CD, Album, RE, Mono) Capitol Records CP32-5181 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
JW 77031 Miles Davis Moon Dreams(CD, Album, RE) Jazz World JW 77031 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
D154138 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(CD, Album, Club, RE) Capitol Jazz D154138 US 1989 Sell This Version
CDP 7 92862 2 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(CD, Album, RE) Capitol Jazz CDP 7 92862 2 US 1989 Sell This Version
C2-92862 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(CD, Album, RE) Capitol Jazz C2-92862 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
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CDP 592862 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(CD, Album, RE, Club) Capitol Jazz CDP 592862 US 1989 Sell This Version
CDP-592862 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(CD, Album, RE, Club) Capitol Jazz CDP-592862 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
0777 7 92862 2 5 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(CD, Comp) Capitol Jazz 0777 7 92862 2 5 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
TOCJ-5953, T-762 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(CD, Album, RE, Mono) Capitol Records, Capitol Records TOCJ-5953, T-762 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
514342Z Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(CD, Album) Jazz Heritage 514342Z US 1996 Sell This Version
T-762, 7 92862 2 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(CD, Album) Capitol Records, The Blue Note Collection T-762, 7 92862 2 Spain 1997 Sell This Version
TOCJ-9252 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Mono, Min) Capitol Records TOCJ-9252 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
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7243 5 30117 2 7 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(CD, Album, RE, RM) Capitol Jazz 7243 5 30117 2 7 Argentina 2001 Sell This Version
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TOCJ-6805 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(CD, Album, RE) Capitol Records TOCJ-6805 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
50999 505385 2 2 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(CD, Album, RE) EMI 50999 505385 2 2 France 2007 Sell This Version
JT 941 LP Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, RE, 180) Jazz Track JT 941 LP Europe 2008 Sell This Version
5099902688022 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(CD, Album, Boo) EMI Music Netherlands 5099902688022 Netherlands 2011 Sell This Version
T-762 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, RE) Capitol Records T-762 France 2011 Sell This Version
9152237 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Pan-Am Records 9152237 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
VNL 12203 LP Miles Davis The Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, RE, 180) Studio Media VNL 12203 LP Italy 2011 Sell This Version
T-762 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, Mono) Capitol Records T-762 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
NOTLP141 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Blu) Not Now Music NOTLP141 France 2014 Sell This Version
771992 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, 180) WaxTime 771992 Spain 2014 Sell This Version
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elektr0bi

elektr0bi

December 16, 2015
referencing Birth Of The Cool, CD, Album, RE, RM, 7243 5 30117 2 7
ripped wav's tags state Date as 1989-09
paideuma

paideuma

May 30, 2015
referencing Birth Of The Cool, LP, Album, RM, Duo, DT 1974
B5 title should be 'Rouge' instead of 'Rogue'
MarquisSmith

MarquisSmith

February 14, 2012
referencing Birth Of The Cool, LP, Album, RM, Duo, DT 1974
There is no way this was as late as 1974. Mine has a lime green label ca. 1968.