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From the "Cool" Jazz Period

Back in the day, Miles transitioned from the Bop second banana to Charlie Parker to a headliner as one of the foremost artists in the "Cool" movement of West Coast Jazz as
can also be heard on "The Birth of the Cool". It was a period of Jazz in which a large group (usually around nine) played tightly-arranged standards (& some originals) with
touches of Bop and Big Band. This collection features some of the best players in the sub-genre like Sonny Rollins, John Lewis, Al Cohn & Zoot Sims (at the time one of
the biggest pairings in Jazz) and Kenny Clarke. While the sound is rather thin compared to Miles' Columbia recordings, this is a pretty tight and swinging album. If one
likes Gerry Mulligan and/or Shorty Rogers, this would be a fine addition to their collection. Plus, "Miles and Horns" features cover art by Mad Magazine's Don Martin. How
cool is that?


Born: May 26, 1926 in Alton, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Throughout a professional career lasting 50 years, Miles Davis played the trumpet in a lyrical, introspective, and melodic style, often employing a stemless Harmon mute to make his sound more personal and intimate. But if his approach to his instrument was constant, his approach to jazz was dazzlingly protean. To examine his career is to examine the history of jazz from the mid-'40s to the early '90s, since he was in the thick of almost every important innovation and stylistic development in the...
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