Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

2019

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

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Entertaining for longtime fans as well as casually interested viewers, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool burnishes the legacy of a brilliant artist.

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A visionary, innovator, and originator who defied categorization and embodied the word cool: a foray into the life and career of musical and cultural icon Miles Davis.

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  • Those not familiar with Miles Davis will probably take more away than committed fans, although that will hopefully also open up some ears along the way.

    February 6, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
  • In 'Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool', Director Stanley Nelson frames Davis' return to a reality in which he was not wanted but his music was as the catalyst for his addiction.

    December 6, 2019 | Full Review…

    Jonita Davis

    The Fix
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  • He may have been a difficult, off-putting person in real life - okay, he DEFINITELY was - but when he played, his music touched something deep and elemental inside the listener. As one interviewee puts it, "I want to feel the way Miles sounds."

    October 28, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A well-made account of both the man's achievements and his jerkiness.

    October 23, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • Like Davis' own life, Nelson's film follows a predictable pattern - which seems a little sad given the dynamic style of Davis' music. But that may not matter for those happy to just get lost in the atmosphere of Miles Davis' music.

    October 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Though not as groundbreaking as its subject, the expansive documentary showcases the jazz icon's innovative, ever-changing musical style while at least acknowledging the damage his personal demons wrought...

    October 17, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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