Birth of the Cool

Revolver Records
Release date
9 May 2013
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Move (feat. Denzil Best) 2:34 14
2 Jeru (feat. Gerry Mulligan) 3:12 20
3 Moon Dreams (feat. Johnny Mercer/chummy Macgregor) 3:20 9
4 Venus De Milo (feat. Gerry Mulligan) 3:11 12
5 Budo (feat. Bud Powell) 2:34 13
6 Deception 2:50 103,586
7 Godchild (feat. George Wallington) 3:09 11
8 Boplicity (feat. Cleo Henry) 3:01 13
9 Rocker (feat. Gerry Mulligan) 3:06 12
10 Israel (feat. Johnny Carisi) 2:18 11
11 Rouge (feat. John Lewis) 3:14 14
12 Darn That Dream (feat. Jimmy Van Heusen/eddie De Lange) 3:24 8

About this album

Birth of the Cool is a compilation album by American jazz musician Miles Davis, released in 1957 on Capitol Records. It compiles twelve 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-bebop jazz. As the title implies, 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.

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