Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool



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Film Info
Program:MSPIFF Encore
New Releases
Culture & Society
Release Year:2019
Runtime:115 min
Country/Region:2019 Sundance Film Festival
Festivals & Awards:USA
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Abramorama
Director:Stanley Nelson
Executive Producer:Terry Shand
Geoff Kempin
Michael Kantor
Producer:Stanley Nelson
Nicole London
Editor:Lewis Erskine
Natasha Mottola
Yusef Kapadia
Principal Cast:Featuring: Wayne Shorter
Carlos Santana
Herbie Hancock
Frances Taylor
Quincy Jones
Ron Carter
Jimmy Cobb
Filmography:The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015)
Freedom Riders (2010)


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Miles Davis: Horn player, bandleader, innovator. Elegant, intellectual, vain. Callous, conflicted, controversial. Magnificent, mercurial. Genius. The very embodiment of cool. The man with a sound so beautiful it could break your heart.

The central theme of Miles Davis's life was his restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. It made him a star—it also made him incredibly difficult to live with, for the people who loved him most. Again and again, in music and in life, Miles broke with convention—and when he thought his work came to represent a new convention, he changed it again. Miles's bold disregard for tradition, his clarity of vision, his relentless drive, and constant thirst for new experiences made him an inspiring collaborator to fellow musicians and a cultural icon to generations of listeners. It made him an innovator in music—from bebop to “cool jazz,” modern quintets, orchestral music, jazz fusion, rock ‘n’ roll, and even hip-hop.

Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, studio outtakes, and rare photos, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool tells the story of a truly singular talent and unpacks the man behind the horn.


"Stanley Nelson’s essential Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool lays out the complicated personal history and gamechanging musical revolutions of the jazz legend, and admirably tries to cover it all into a two-hour feature." - Rolling Stone

"Stanley Nelson's superbly crafted documentary taps deep into the mystique of Miles Davis: his sound, stardom, and cult of personality." - Variety

"Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool paints Davis in this light—a moody, tortured artist who had a knack for picking out the best, musicians for his ensembles and pushing the boundaries of jazz and bebop with a groundbreaking, evocative sound." - Slug Magazine


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