classics – packaged together in a nicely priced 3CD set! Birth Of The Cool is legendary work from Miles Davis
– large group sessions that virtually define the "cool" in cool jazz! The work's quite different from Davis
' earlier bop sides with Charlie Parker – and show a distinct influence from modernists like Gerry Mulligan (who is on the recordings) and from the experiments of the Tristano school. Miles
is less the leader than the creative visionary – as all players come together in a perfect blend of sound, perfectly polished, and with a very dark edge. Titles include "Jeru", "Move", "Venus De Milo", "Budo", and "Deception". Miles Davis
Vols 1 & 2 feature xcellent early hardbop work by Miles
– recorded in 1952 and 1954, and some of his best early sides as a leader! The CDs feature remastered versions of the material, sparkling with the talents of Rudy Van Gelder – and the sessions feature JJ Johnson, Gil Coggins, Art Blakey, Kenny Clarke, Jackie McLean, and Oscar Pettiford. Titles include "Weirdo", "Woody N You", "Dear Old Stockholm", "Chance It", "Donna", "Yesterdays", "Kelo", "Enigma", "Ray's Idea", "CTA", and "The Leap" – and also include a fair number of alternate takes!
(Out of print, slipcover has some light wear.)