Miles Davis – Birth of the cool

Birth of the Cool is an album which collects twelve songs recorded by the Miles Davis nonet for Capitol Records in 1949 and 1950. Featuring unusual instrumentation and several notable musicians, the music featured innovative arrangements strongly inspired by classical music, and mark a major development in post-bebop jazz. As the title implies, these recordings are considered seminal in the history of cool ."

Track listing
Arrangements by the composer unless otherwise noted.
1. "Move" (Denzil Best, arranged by John Lewis) – 2:32
2. "Jeru" (Gerry Mulligan) – 3:10
3. "Moon Dreams" (Chummy MacGregor, Johnny Mercer, arranged by Gil Evans) – 3:17
4. "Venus de Milo" (Mulligan) – 3:10
5. "Budo" (Miles Davis, Bud Powell, arranged by Lewis) – 2:32
6. "Deception" (Davis, arranged by Mulligan) – 2:45
7. "Godchild" (George Wallington, arranged by Mulligan) – 3:07
8. "Boplicity" (Cleo Henry, i.e. Davis and Gil Evans, arranged by Evans) – 2:59
9. "Rocker" (Mulligan) – 3:03
10. "Israel" (Johnny Carisi) – 2:15
11. "Rouge" (John Lewis) – 3:13
12. "Darn That Dream" (Eddie DeLange, James Van Heusen, arranged by Mulligan) – 3:26

Recording dates
• Tracks 1, 2, 5, 7 – 21 January 1949
• Tracks 4, 8, 10, 11 – 22 April 1949
• Tracks 3, 6, 9, 12 – 9 March 1950
Recordings exist of radio shows broadcast from the Royal Roost in 1948: "Birth of the Cool Theme" (Gil Evans), "Move", "Why Do I Love You?" (DeSylva, Gershwin and Gershwin, vocals by Hagood), "Godchild", "S'il Vous Plait" (John Lewis), "Moon Dreams" and "Budo", recorded on 4 September; and "Darn That Dream" (vocals by Hagood), "Move", "Moon Dreams" and "Budo" recorded on 18 September.

• Miles Davis – trumpet (all)
• Kai Winding – trombone (January 1949)
• J. J. Johnson – trombone (April 1949, March 1950)
• Junior Collins – French horn (January 1949)
• Sandy Siegelstein – French horn (April 1949)
• Gunther Schuller – French horn (March 1950)
• Bill Barber – tuba (all)
• Lee Konitz – alto saxophone (all)
• Gerry Mulligan – baritone saxophone (all)
• Al Haig – piano (January 1949)
• John Lewis – piano (April 1949, March 1950)
• Joe Shulman – bass (January 1949)
• Nelson Boyd – bass (April 1949)
• Al McKibbon – bass (March 1950)
• Max Roach – drums (January 1949, March 1950)
• Kenny Clarke – drums (April 1949)
• Kenny Hagood – vocal ("Darn That Dream" only)

Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birth_of_the_Cool"

Link: Birth of the cool


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