Re-Birth of the Cool

Re-Birth of the Cool

by Gerry Mulligan
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/09/1992
Label:
Polygram Mod Afw
UPC:
0011105967921
catalogNumber:
9679
Rank:
142550

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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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