The music conceived by Miles Davis and Gil Evans between 1949 and 1950, and released in 1957 on Capitol records marks an important new step in Jazz. Featuring an unusual line up and innovative classical oriented arrangements, this historical album represents the birth of a new form of Jazz. For the occasion Davis and Evans display a stellar nonet including, among others, Lee Konitz (alto sax), Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax), John Lewis (piano) and Max Roach (drums). The result was an unprecedented and highly sophisticated form of music which would be subsequently called "Cool Jazz".
Eleven tracks recorded by Miles Davis' nonet in 1949 and 1950, The Birth Of The Cool may just be the most accurately titled album ever. The tracks just bleed hipness - cool, smooth, and swinging - and practically define the genre of "cool jazz". Unparalleled recordings required for any fan of mid-century American jazz.
Following the recordings in 1949 and 1950 that would comprise Birth Of The Cool and help create the sub/genre of Cool Jazz, Miles had already moved on to the next thing, because that-s what an innovator does. By 1951 he was recording hard/bop of the highest order on a variety of formats, including 10@ and 7@. This LP compiles a number of those recordings into one 12@ LP, and the fact that the entire record was recorded on one day, October 5, 1951, would be surprising if it weren-t the one and only Miles Davis. Featuring a crack band that included Art Blakey, and Jackie McLean in his very first recording session, this ... + INFO
TracklistSo WhatFreddie FreeloaderBlue In GreenAll BluesFlamenco SketchesOne the most beautiful and essential albums of all times. The 1959 Miles Davis's masterpiece is one of those rare pieces of art beyond ages and genres. A must have for any musically sensitive human being on earth. Miles Davis - trumpet, John Coltrane - tenor sax, Cannonball Adderley - alto sax, Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly - piano, Paul Chambers - bass, Jimmy Cobb - drums.
In 1955, Miles Davis played a beautifully received set at the Newport Jazz Festival and was offered a contract with Columbia Records if he could get a steady group together. In order to record for Columbia, Davis would first have to settle an obligation to Prestige and so he put together the now legendary quintet with John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. It was under these conditions, in a desire to churn out as many records as possible to change labels, that Davis recorded some of the most celebrated music of his entire career. This group, in the span of several months released a half/doze... + INFO