990: Miles Davis – Birth of The Cool (1957)

I love this book because it gives you some great facts, for example Miles Davis playd with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie before he put his own group together of other “side” players. This record is great. The horn lines are at times insane in speed and pizazz. On other tracks though they lead us through a calm exploration of jazz.

Is this where cool was born? Maybe. From the albums I’ve listened to so far, this is one that is much ‘cooler’ than most (looking at you In The Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra). This belongs on a playlist with Ellington at Newport and the Atomic Mr. Basie.

Bottom Line: The title is intimidating, and sets a high bar. I don’t think any real fan of music would skip checking out where the cool was born…

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