This post is the twenty third post of my new series based on the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery.
In this series I’m going to be looking through the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and commenting on the albums featured, telling you about albums I think should have been featured, artists that should have been featured too and just anything else I feel like commenting on!
This isn’t a sponsored series but if you’d like to read the book with me I’ll put a link at the bottom of this post to where you can buy it. This series is just something I wanted to do because I’d been reading the book and found that I had a lot of opinions!
Every Tuesday and Thursday I’m going to take one album from the front of the book starting in 1950s and one album from the back of the book starting in 2000’s, I’ll give you a bit of the albums history, the track list and of course my thoughts on the album!
In this post we’re going to be talking about Miles Davis – Birth of the Cool!
As this album is available on Spotify I’ll put a player below this paragraph so that if you’d like to listen along whilst you read the rest of this post you can!
Birth of the Cool was released in 1957 on Capitol, it was produced by Pete Rogolo, the art director is uncredited and the runtime is 37:56!
Miles Davis was an American Jazz Trumpeter, Band Leader and Composer, he is considered to be one of the most influential Jazz musicians to have ever graced this planet with his presence.
Birth Of The Cool was an innovative album that was at its time ahead of its time, it became a cornerstone for Jazz and Bebop musicians going forward and was an inspiration to so many.
I read an article that I’ve been trying to find so I could link to you but I can’t for the life of me remember where I read it that referred to this album as being aural poetry and it really is!
Let’s take a look at the track list!
Track One: Move
Track Two: Jeru
Track Three: Moon Dreams
Track Four: Venus De Milo
Track Five: Budo
Track Six: Deception
Track Seven: Godchild
Track Eight: Boplicity
Track Nine: Rocker
Track Ten: Israel
Track Eleven: Rouge
Track Twelve: Darn That Dream
My favourite track from this album is Moon Dreams but honestly as I think I say for pretty much every album that I like the entire album is fantastic and well worth a listen.
I definitely think this album deserves its place on the list of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, not only is it a truly fantastic album by one of the greatest Jazz people ever but it has also been an album that has influenced future Jazz musicians and also almost completely changed the Jazz / Bebop scene forever!
That’s it for this post from my new series based on the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die! As I said at the beginning of this post this isn’t in anyway a sponsored series but if you’d like to buy the book so you can read along with me then click here for the link to purchase from Waterstones if you live in the UK and click here for the Amazon link if you’re in the rest of the world.
Those aren’t affiliate links; I just want to make sure you guys know where to buy the book if you want to read along too!
Thanks for reading,