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With: Flea, Juliette Gréco, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Carl Lumbly, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Ashley Kahn, Lee Konitz, Betty Mabry, Archie Shepp, Greg Tate, Frances Taylor
Written by: n/a
Directed by: Stanley Nelson
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 115
Date: 09/06/2019

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Directed by Stanley Nelson (The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords), Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool is long overdue, and most welcome. It's an official look at a man whom some consider to be the greatest musician of the 20th century, filled with data from the Miles Davis estate. Some may consider it to be a bit too "official" and others will consider it to be a bit too short — it has quite a bit of ground to cover, and only two hours to do it — but it nonetheless delivers a highly satisfying portrait of a complex and brilliant artist. I was already a fan and I came away tingling with new information, and a new appreciation, even if a few of my favorite records had been ignored or glossed over. Carl Lumbly narrates in Miles's "voice."

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