Album Title

Miles Davis
Birth of the Cool
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First Released

1957

Genre

Jazz

Mood

Good Natured

Style

Jazz

Theme

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Release Format

Album

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Album Description
The Rudy Van Gelder Edition;
All tracks 24-bit remastered from the original tapes by Rudy Van Gelder;
Original tapes recorded by Rudy Van Gelder;
Liner notes by Pete Welding (for the original 1989 CD issue), Gerry Mulligan, 1971 (liner notes, first LP edition with all 12 tracks), notes concerning 24-remastering by Michael Cuscuna, 2000;
Original sessions produced by Walter Rivers, Pete Rugolo
Reissue produced by Michael Cuscuna
Cover photograph by Aram Avakian
Booklet photographs from the Frank Driggs Collection
Creative director for RVG series: Gordon H. Jee
Design for RVG series: Michael Boland, Watts Design?, NYC
(p) & (c) 2001, Capitol Jazz, Capitol Records, Inc.
From the downside near the centre hole: IFPI 9709 (in plastic on bottom side), ifpi L573 (on readable layer), 5301172, A850673-01, manufactured by optimal media GmbH


Album Review
So dubbed because these three sessions -- two from early 1949, one from March 1950 -- are where the sound known as cool jazz essentially formed, Birth of the Cool remains one of the defining, pivotal moments in jazz. This is where the elasticity of bop was married with skillful, big-band arrangements and a relaxed, subdued mood that made it all seem easy, even at its most intricate. After all, there's a reason why this music was called cool; it has a hip, detached elegance, never getting too hot, even as the rhythms skip and jump. Indeed, the most remarkable thing about these sessions -- arranged by Gil Evans and featuring such heavy-hitters as Kai Winding, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, and Max Roach -- is that they sound intimate, as the nonet never pushes too hard, never sounds like the work of nine musicians. Furthermore, the group keeps things short and concise (probably the result of the running time of singles, but the results are the same), which keeps the focus on the tones and tunes. The virtuosity led to relaxing, stylish mood music as the end result -- the very thing that came to define West Coast or "cool" jazz -- but this music is so inventive, it remains alluring even after its influence has been thoroughly absorbed into the mainstream

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