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CD-Miles Davis: A Film by Stanley Nelson-The Birth of Cool
Miles Davis – A Film By Stanley Nelson: Birth of the Cool CD

For a sustaining donation of $5 per month or a one-time donation of $60, you'll receive a limited copy of the CD Miles Davis – A Film By Stanley Nelson: Birth of the Cool.

The audio companion to the critically-acclaimed new documentary directed and produced by Stanley Nelson, the soundtrack is was curated by the director and is 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 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 1950s 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 Kind of Blue). The album also highlights Miles's evolution in the 1960s with tracks from Sketches of Spain and Someday My Prince Will Come to his invention of electric jazz/fusion (exemplified in a 45rpm single edit of "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" from Bitches Brew). Finally it documents his mid 1980s 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 and featuring an all-star collection of artists.

Track listing:

Commentary: Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath


Commentary: Greg Tate

Donna Lee

Commentary: Ashley Kahn, Symphony Sid Introduction

Moon Dreams

Commentary: George Wein

'Round Midnight

Commentary: Carlos Santana

It Never Entered My Mind

Commentary: Vincent Bessieres

Générique (Mono Version)

Commentary: Jimmy Cobb

So What

Commentary: Gil Evans

New Rhumba

Commentary: Frances Taylor Davis

The Pan Piper

Commentary: Jack Chambers

Someday My Prince Will Come

Commentary: Wayne Shorter


Commentary: Carlos Santana, Quincy Troupe

Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (45-rpm Single Edit)

Commentary: Marcus Miller


Commentary: Erin Davis

Hail To The Real Chief