The torrid pace of bebop improvisations reached a point in the late 1940s that prompted a musical reconsideration and Miles Davis was there at the conception. Davis had been with the Charlie Parker Quintet since 1945, when he began to woodshed with composer/arrangers John Lewis, Gerry Mulligan and Gil Evans, all of whom would become major long-time contributors to the music. In three recording sessions starting in January 1949, this arrangers super-group created a body of music which, when rereleased at the beginning of the LP era, was known as the "Birth of the Cool."
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Miles Davis All Stars. "Milestones" from Bebop Story: Vol. 063, Miles Davis Vol. 1 (Encyclopedia of Jazz) 2:25
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Miles Davis Nonet. "Moon Dreams" from Norton Collection of Jazz Recordings (Norton) 8:25
Miles Davis Nonet. "Rocker" from Birth of the Cool (Blue Note) 11:44
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Miles Davis Nonet. "Boplicity" from Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (Smithsonian) 15:02
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Gerry Mulligan Quartet. "Line for Lyons" from The Gerry Mulligan Quartet. (Pacific Jazz) 24:04
Gerry Mulligan Quartet. "Walkin' Shoes" from The Gerry Mulligan Quartet (Pacific Jazz) 26:34
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