“Birth Of The Cool” by Miles Davis - album review

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TJR says

Compiles 11 tunes from his critically acclaimed 1949-1950 sessions, 8 of which had previously featured on his 1954 10" LP, “Classics in Jazz”. Of that set, four of the tunes had never been released previously – “Moon Dreams” (the album’s best track), “Deception”, “Rocker” and “Rouge”. “Jeru”, “Venus de Milo”, “Godchild”, and “Israel” had been issued previously on 78 singles, although “Birth Of The Cool” would prove to be the most celebrated platform for the recordings. Although the arrangements are complex, the tempo is relaxed and the tone light. It’s the style which would soon come to be known commonly as “cool jazz”. Whether that’s an apt description is, of course, is a matter of opinion…

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A1 [02:33] 3.4.png Miles Davis - Move (Denzil Best) Jazz
A2 [03:11] 4.2.png Miles Davis - Jeru (Gerry Mulligan) Jazz
A3 [03:18] 5.5.png Miles Davis - Moon Dreams (Chummy MacGregor, Johnny Mercer) Jazz
A4 [03:11] 3.5.png Miles Davis - Venus De Milo (Gerry Mulligan) Jazz
A5 [02:33] 2.7.png Miles Davis - Budo (Bud Powell, Miles Davis) Jazz
A6 [02:46] 3.0.png Miles Davis - Deception (Miles Davis) Jazz
B1 [03:08] 3.2.png Miles Davis - Godchild (George Wallington) Jazz
B2 [03:00] 2.4.png Miles Davis - Boplicity (Cleo Henry) Jazz
B3 [03:04] 3.5.png Miles Davis - Rocker (Gerry Mulligan) Jazz
B4 [02:15] 3.2.png Miles Davis - Israel (Johnny Carisi) Jazz
B5 [03:13] 2.5.png Miles Davis - Rouge (John Lewis) Jazz

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