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by Stanley Nelson


Using words from Miles Davis’s autobiography, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool offers an incisive insight into our understanding of the legendary musician. Newly released archival material, alongside interviews with pre-eminent historians and personal friends like Quincy Jones, illustrate a man of intensity and devotion to his craft. Despite the indignities of America during the time of segregation, nothing was going to stop Davis from realizing his dream: to create a new form of musical expression. Davis worked like a physicist with his collaborators to push musical experimentation and widen the tones and lyricism of jazz—the effects of which are felt to this day.

international title: Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
original title: Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
country: United States, United Kingdom
sales agent: Firelight Films, Inc. (US)
year: 2019
genre: documentary
directed by: Stanley Nelson
film run: 115'
film editing: Lewis Erskine
producer: Stanley Nelson, Nicole London
executive producer: Terry Shand, Geoff Kempin, Michael Kantor
associate producer: Lauren Wimbush
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