Monday, June 17, 2013

The Birth of the Cool, vol. 2

Taking its name from Davis’ legendary 1950 recording, this welcome, if belated, compilation scoops up all of the Capitol cuts from the early ’50s by two of the nonet’s most important disciples, Shorty Rogers and his Giants and the Gerry Mulligan Tentette.
Mulligan, one of the original members of Davis Nonet, played with Rogers years before in the Stan Kenton Orchestra, so collecting the threesome here is foot-stampingly apropos. They’re notable, too, in that the eight Mulligan tracks are the only ones recorded with a 10-piece he organized in 1952, with Chet Baker taking a brilliant turn on trumpet.
The album’s topper comes late, and doesn’t hang around for long: Miles Davis and the Metronome All-Stars only appear on the final two tracks. Davis is joined by a constellation of jazz greats, including Stan Getz on the tenor, George Shearing at piano, Max Roach on drums and Terry Gibbs on vibes.
Shearing’s “Local 802 Blues,” which closes the album, gets everybody in on the act, with a series of thrilling, paired-off solos.
That makes it more than a nice companion piece to the original “Birth of the Cool” masterpiece. The result, in fact, is a primer on the West Coast sound that’s wider and deeper in scope.
Now, some say Rogers’ group invented that jazz sub genre with the six songs collected here. (They also appeared in 1952 on a record called “Modern Sounds.”) But, again, these are all guys on loan from the Kenton band, and Davis’ record with producer Gil Evans came first — so I think they need to be part of the conversation, too.
Nick DeRiso

Source :

Gerry Mulligan
Shorty Rogers
Miles Davis
The Birth of the Cool
Vol. 2


1 Four Mothers (Giuffre) 2:51
2 Didi (Rogers) 2:29
3 Sam and The Lady (Rogers) 3:09
4 Popo (Rogers) 3:03
5 Over the Rainbow (Arlen, Harburg) 3:03
6 Apropos (Rogers) 2:40
7 Westwood Walk (Mulligan) 2:37
8 Simbah (Mulligan) 3:00
9 Walking Shoes (Mulligan) 3:39
10 Rocker (Mulligan) 2:30
11 A Ballad (Mulligan) 2:55
12 Taking a Chance on Love (Duke, LaTouche, Fetter) 2:52
13 Flash (Mulligan) 3:05
14 Ontet (Mulligan) 3:16
15 Ealy Spring (Burns) 2:47
16 Local 802 Blues (Shearing) 2:38

[# 1-6]
Shorty Rogers - tp
Gene Englund - tb
Art Pepper - as
John Graas - fr hrn
Jimmy Giuffre - ts
Hampton Hawes - p
Don Bagley - b
Shelly Manne - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; October 8, 1951
[# 7, 9-11]
Chet Baker, Conte Candoli - tp
Gerry Mulligan - bs & p
Bob Enevoldsen - vb
John Graas - fr hrn
Ray Siegel - tb
Bud Shank - as
Don Davidson - bs
Joe Mondragon - b
Chico Hamilton - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; January 29, 1953
[# 8, 12 & 14]
Same as previous except Larry Bunker - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; January 31, 1953
[# 15 & 16]
Miles Davis - tp
Kai Winding - tb
John LaPorta - cl
Lee Konitz - as
Stan Getz - ts
Serge Chaloff - bs
George Shearing - p
Billy Bauer - g
Eddie Safranski - b
Max Roach - dr
Terry Gibbs - vb
Recorded in New York City ; January 23, 1951


deGallo said...

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estravagario said...

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Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you. A great gathering for some fantastic cool jazz.

Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks Melanchthon for all!

stringbender said...

Thanks as always for your amazing blog!!

adakun said...

Gracias Mel, grandes músicos.

estravagario said...

Thank you !!!

greenishthing said...

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jose luis said...

Thank you.

duck said...

Thank you again , Mel, it's amazing you find all this interesting music and the time to make it available.
As always it it greatly appreciated and enjoyed.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you

glinka21 said...

21 hours at 3.7 kbs/sec? That's as well as to say it doesn't exist. Too bad.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!