Birth of the Cool

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Birth of the Cool is an album which compiles twelve songs recorded by the Miles Davis nonet for Capitol Records in 1949 and 1950. Featuring unusual instrumentation and several notable musicians, the music consisted of innovative arrangements strongly inspired by classical music, and marked a major development in post-bebop jazz. As the title implies, these recordings are considered seminal in the history of cool jazz. The majority of the recordings on the record are under three minutes.

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  • Jazz historian Lincoln Collier estimates that as many as 75 percent of bebop musicians in the 1940s and ’50s experimented with heroin. Billie Holiday spent the war years on Fifty-second Street, she said, wearing white gowns with white shoes, “and every night they’d bring me the white gardenias and the white junk.” Miles Davis got hooked when he came back from Paris in 1949 after he and Juliette Greco fell out of love. Junk destroyed the great trumpet player Fats Navarro. Denzil Best, the drummer on Birth of the Cool, overdosed and died. The list goes on and on. “In the end,” says Gerry Mulligan, who got hooked while he was playing saxophone on Birth of the Cool, “the carnage was immense.”

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