Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool Reviews

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April 6, 2020
The documentary Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, by the African-American director Stanley Nelson, offers an amalgamation of good cinema and formidable music. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 18, 2020
Excellent. [Full review in Spanish]
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February 24, 2020
Davis is demystified and deconstructed in this corrective - and excellent - portrait.
February 6, 2020
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.
December 6, 2019
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.
October 28, 2019
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 23, 2019
A well-made account of both the man's achievements and his jerkiness.
October 18, 2019
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 17, 2019
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 6, 2019
This exceptional two-hour take covers a whole lot of ground and gives the music center stage, as it should.
October 4, 2019
A perfectly polished work that will serve as a solid introductory primer for those unfamiliar with his history while offering up enough juicy bits of performance footage to satisfy fans.
September 28, 2019
Nelson tells Davis' warts and all story with plenty of room for remarkable bits of information, scholarly comments from an assortment of names and faces, and historical rhythms of Bebop that simply might drive jazz devotees to the brink in a good way.
September 28, 2019
The result, for the most part, is pleasant and informative, if not particularly inspiring or revelatory. But now and then, the music and images can't help but break through.
September 27, 2019
Miles Davis is a constantly evolving musical genius in Stanley Nelson's "Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. "
September 26, 2019
Stanley Nelson's film shoves entire generations of content into its runtime.
September 26, 2019
Stanley Nelson's film shoves entire generations of content into its runtime.
September 25, 2019
A primer...proves most valuable by gathering a number of Miles' friends, lovers, musical collaborators, admirers, and musicologists...to share their recollections and perspectives on Davis, his musicality, and his personality.
September 20, 2019
There's ample dramatic character flourishes and reflections to let both hardcore fans and newcomers recognize both Davis' brilliance and his hair-trigger temper.
September 19, 2019
The montage-heavy doc is reasonably comprehensive, but even at two hours, much is excised...
September 17, 2019
This is a wonderful, insightful introduction to the man and his music, both complicated but worthwhile subjects.
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