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Miles Davis - Birth Of The Cool

Miles Davis

Miles Davis - Birth Of The Cool


Birth of the Cool is a compilation album by American jazz musician Miles Davis, released in 1957 on Capitol Records.

It compiles eleven tracks 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 influenced by classical music techniques such as polyphony, and marked a major development in post-bebopjazz. As the title suggests, these recordings are considered seminal in the history of cool jazz. Most of them were originally released in the 10-inch 78-rpm format and are all approximately three minutes long. As of 2018, Lee Konitz is the only surviving member of the Birth of the Cool sessions.


1 "Move" (Denzil Best)

2 "Jeru" (Gerry Mulligan, arranged by John Lewis)

3 "Moon Dreams" (Chummy MacGregor, Johnny Mercer, arranged by Gil Evans)

4 "Venus De Milo" (Mulligan)

5 "Budo" (Bud Powell - Miles Davis)

6 "Deception" (Davis)

Side B

7 "Godchild" (George Wallington)

8 "Boplicity" (Cleo Henry)

9 "Rocker" (Mulligan)

10 "Israel" (Johnny Carisi)

11 "Rouge" (John Lewis)

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