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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Read "Birth of the Cool" reviewed by Michael Fortuna

As jazz's bebop movement flourished during the late 1940s with its fast-paced rhythms from virtuosos like trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and saxophonist Charlie Parker, trumpeter Miles Davis headed off in a new direction.

Taking cues from the innovations learned in Parker's group, Davis, along with his nonet, recorded 12 songs in a two-year span that, ...

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Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool

Read "Birth Of The Cool" reviewed by Jim Santella

The improved sound quality of this classic recording is immediately perceptible. Without that clear tuba and baritone saxophone bottom, Miles Davis' open trumpet would seem to be wandering in a different phase of his career. A valuable asset such as the first half of “Moon Dreams," which blends Gunther Schuller's French horn harmony and two distinct ...

Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool

Read "Birth Of The Cool" reviewed by Jim Santella

As Miles Davis has indicated in his autobiography, he was breaking away from Bird and bebop, and finding his own voice, when he formed the nonet. Davis was attempting to take the sound of an orchestra (such as Duke Ellington's or Claude Thornhill's) and produce the same sound with only nine instruments: trumpet, alto sax, baritone ...