Re-Birth of the Cool

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
In the summer of 1991 Gerry Mulligan decided to revisit Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool recordings. He discussed it with Miles Davis himself who said he might be interested in participating but sadly Davis died a few months later. With Wallace Roney the perfect sound-alike in the trumpeter's place, baritonist Mulligan got the band's original pianist and tuba player John Lewis and Bill Barber, used his own bassist Dean Johnson and drummer Ron Vincent, and found able substitutes in altoist Phil Woods unfortunately Lee Konitz was unavailable to play his old parts, trombonist Dave Bargeron and John Clark on French horn. This GRP CD brings back the dozen Birth of the Cool ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
In the summer of 1991 Gerry Mulligan decided to revisit Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool recordings. He discussed it with Miles Davis himself who said he might be interested in participating but sadly Davis died a few months later. With Wallace Roney the perfect sound-alike in the trumpeter's place, baritonist Mulligan got the band's original pianist and tuba player John Lewis and Bill Barber, used his own bassist Dean Johnson and drummer Ron Vincent, and found able substitutes in altoist Phil Woods unfortunately Lee Konitz was unavailable to play his old parts, trombonist Dave Bargeron and John Clark on French horn. This GRP CD brings back the dozen Birth of the Cool recordings of 1949-50 with Mel Torme taking Pancho Hagood's vocal on "Darn That Dream." Although the charts are the same and it is a particular pleasure to listen to them with the improved recording quality, the solos are all different and in many cases have been lengthened; no need to stick to only three minutes apiece. This fascinating disc is most highly recommended to veteran jazz collectors who know the original Birth of the Cool records.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/1992
  • Label: Polygram Mod Afw
  • UPC: 011105967921
  • Catalog Number: 9679
  • Sales rank: 80,789

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Israel (3:49)
  2. 2 Deception (4:39)
  3. 3 Move (3:53)
  4. 4 Rouge (4:18)
  5. 5 Rocker (3:05)
  6. 6 Godchild (4:09)
  7. 7 Moon Dreams (4:17)
  8. 8 Venus de Milo (4:13)
  9. 9 Budo (3:45)
  10. 10 Boplicity (3:17)
  11. 11 Darn That Dream (5:22)
  12. 12 Jeru (4:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gerry Mulligan Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
John Lewis Piano
Mel Tormé Vocals
Wallace Roney Trumpet
John Clark French Horn
Billy Barber Tuba
Dave Bargeron Trombone
Dean Johnson Bass
Ron Vincent Drums
Phil Woods Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Miles Davis Composer
Leonard Feather Liner Notes
John Lewis Arranger
Gerry Mulligan Arranger, Producer
Adam Producer
Johnny Carisi Arranger
Dave Grusin Producer, Executive Producer
Joseph Doughney Producer
Gil Evans Arranger
Doreen Kalcich Producer
Michael Landy Producer
Joe López Engineer
Jay Newland Engineer
Michael Pollard Producer
Larry Rosen Producer, Executive Producer
John Snyder Producer
Joe Lopes Engineer
Andy Baltimore Director
Scott Johnson Art Direction, Cover Design
Michael Bloom Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gerry Mulligan Re-Visits This Legendary Music

    If you are reading this, you probably already know the story of the Miles Davis Orchestra sessions that produced the music dubbed ''The Birth of the Cool''. Gerry Mulligan was in that group on baritone sax and piano. He also wrote and arranged for Miles' band. Extraordinary effort went into these '90's sessions. If you dig jazz, you should have both 'Birth' and this 'Re-Birth'.

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