Birth Of The Cool (compilation album) by Miles Davis

Birth Of The Cool by Miles Davis
(Compilation album)
Year: 1957
Overall rank: 764th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 424 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1957 (6th)
Award Top 20 albums of the 1950s (17th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (764th)

Miles Davis bestography

Birth Of The Cool is ranked 5th best out of 113 albums by Miles Davis on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Miles Davis is Kind Of Blue which is ranked number 40 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 27,916.

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Birth Of The Cool track list

  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 77 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 424 votes)
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05/11/2022 12:54 Untitled  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 43476/100
 
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.7/100, a mean average of 79.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.2.

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65/100
From 05/11/2022 12:57
A relaxing listen that flows beautifully and is led by the trumpet of the great Miles Davis. His playing is phenomenal and the way he exchanges with other members of the ensemble is genius. One of the best examples of this is on Jeru which is my favourite cut on the record. There are more great songs as well such as Move, Moon Dreams and Boplicity. However, it is lacking a little bit of flare we get on later releases and some of the instrumentals aren't fantastic. This is a great starting point for Davis and for people who are just starting to listen to him but he will go on to do far better things. Overall, this is such a chill album and really lives up to the brand of being cool.
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80/100
From 11/11/2021 13:38
When I was a budding Sax player in High School, I was handed sheet music to Boplicity and it opened my world musically to so many things I wasn't ready for at the time. Not Miles' best work, by a mile, but still a necessary listen when following the history of Jazz.
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From 02/03/2021 00:59
yeah well I'm the second coming
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From 09/23/2020 20:55
'Move' and 'Moon Dreams' are some favorites here, but this record is far from his best. Still a good album, but much of his other work is deserving of more praise.
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From 07/25/2020 05:41
Miles Davis's cool jazz pinnacle. Everything feels so slick and groovy.
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70/100
From 04/14/2019 15:15
Sure it's cool... maybe a little too cool... as in sedate. Miles was always good at bringing out his unique voice in defiance of tradition, but I dont find this voice as interesting as others he would bring out.
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From 07/26/2018 04:55
Not enough o's in smooth....
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80/100
From 07/09/2018 13:32
A solid compilation of cool jazz, love the short briefness of each track and is very easy to listen to. However, at its time it already kinda sounded outdated compared to the hard bop and modal jazz he was working on and definitely doesn't have that edge that his later work does.
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From 01/21/2018 19:14
Absolutely nothing to complain about here. Listened to it twice, just to make sure.
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From 06/15/2016 04:27
Miles changed the face of music many times, the first of which was Birth of the Cool. This album is cool as can be, featuring unusual arrangements for jazz music at the time. The album didn't come out for many years after it was recorded, but the music from these recordings had already spread through jazz.
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