Birth Of The Cool


Published 2020-01-14 06:00

Columbia/Legacy/Sony will release "Music From And Inspired By Miles Davis' Birth Of The Cool", a film by Stanley Nelson, on February 21st, 2020, right in front of the film’s US broadcast premiere. “American Masters”, the award winning biography series will present the US broadcast premiere of "Miles Davis' Birth Of The Cool" on February 25th, 2020 on PBS channels nationwide.

The film was recently nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Music Film” category and its soundtrack is the definitive audio companion to this critically acclaimed new documentary directed and produced by Stanley Nelson.

An essential Miles Davis playlist for seasoned fans and new listeners alike, the soundtrack was lovingly curated by the director Nelson and paired with short audio excerpts from the film for a unique listening experience. It brings together recordings and performances spanning labels and the artist's musical evolution, from "Donna Lee", a 1947 Savoy master take with legendary alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, to “Moon Dreams” from the groundbreaking 1949 Capitol sessions that were ultimately collected on the album "Birth Of The Cool", through the seminal 1950's pieces for Columbia that revolutionized the worlds of jazz and popular music, including "Generique", Miles' improvised soundtrack to Louis Malle's "Elevator To The Gallows", as well as tracks from "Miles Ahead" and, of course the most popular jazz album of all time, "Kind of Blue".

The album also highlights Miles’ evolution in the 1960's with tracks from "Sketches Of Spain" and "Someday My Prince Will Come", to his iconoclastic invention of electric jazz fusion, exemplified in a single edit of "Miles Runs The Voodoo Down" from Bitches Brew. And it documents his triumphant mid 1980's comeback, 1986’s “Tutu”, while premiering a brand new track, "Hail To The Real Chief". The new track features unreleased Miles Davis studio trumpet performances combined with music written by Lenny White, produced by White and Vince Wilburn Jr and featuring an all star collection of Miles band alumni and acolytes including White, Wilburn, Marcus Miller, Emilio Modeste, Jeremy Pelt, Antoine Roney, John Scofield, Bernard Wright, and Quinton Zoto.