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A complete set of Miles Davis' 'Birth of the Cool' recordings are being released on vinyl


Miles Davis’ seminal album Birth of the Cool was released in 1957 and was painted as a modern Jazz classic. Recorded in 1949 with Miles just 22 years old, he was clearly showcasing the undeniable inherent talent as a trumpeter and musical visionary. The recordings were complete with the Miles Davis Nonet.

The Miles Davis Nonet, a constantly changing roster of musicians that included Max Roach, Lee Konitz, Joe Shulman, and Gerry Mulligan, among others, played the backdrop to one of the greatest albums of all time with Davis in full flourishing flow.

Now, for the first time, Blue Note/UMe have announced The Complete Birth of the Cool, a compilation of every studio and live recording of the Nonet between 1949 and 1950. Remastered for vinyl for the first time since the first release of the album, the new 2xLP and digital release arrives May 17th and is accompanied by an essay from music historian Ashley Kahn.