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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool 

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Musicians, scholars, family and friends reflect on the life of jazzer Miles Davis to reveal the man behind the legend. Full access to Davis' estate provides rare footage and photos, outtakes from recording sessions and new interviews.

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Stanley Nelson
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carl Lumbly ... Miles Davis (voice)
Miles Davis ... Self (archive footage)
Reginald Petty Reginald Petty ... Self
Quincy Troupe Quincy Troupe ... Self
Farah Griffin Farah Griffin ... Self - co-author of 'Clawing at the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever'
Lee Annie Bonner Lee Annie Bonner ... Self - Miles Davis' childhood friend
Ashley Kahn Ashley Kahn ... Self
Benjamin Cawthra Benjamin Cawthra ... Self
Billy Eckstine Billy Eckstine ... Self (archive footage)
Walter Cronkite ... Self (archive footage)
Jimmy Heath Jimmy Heath ... Self
Jimmy Cobb ... Self
Dan Morgenstern Dan Morgenstern ... Self
Charlie Parker ... Self (archive footage)
Greg Tate Greg Tate ... Self
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Musicians, scholars, family and friends reflect on the life of jazzer Miles Davis to reveal the man behind the legend. Full access to Davis' estate provides rare footage and photos, outtakes from recording sessions and new interviews.

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A Fine and Aesthetic Tribute To One of the Titans of the Genre
28 May 2020 | by Screen_O_GenicSee all my reviews

A neat and classy entry in the ongoing "American Masters" series, "Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool" is a smooth and laidback chronicle on the life and legacy of Miles Davis. Jazz's greatest chameleon and one of its groundbreakers, Davis was the innovator and progressive who took Jazz beyond tradition and trends with his boldness and skill elevating the music to new heights while taking it to new worlds that would prove influential. The documentary charts Davis' life from his privileged upbringing to the start of his music career from being a protege of luminaries like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillepsie to being a trendsetting visionary as bandleader where he made some of the most distinguished music of the genre and became a mentor to some of the greatest names in Jazz. His personal life is also highlighted and his character is touched on, warts and all: the drugs, women, violence and the highs and lows of his tempestuous relation with his muse and the world around him. The film features interviews with fellow musicians and people who knew Davis while attractive images and films complement and they're a beaut with the fine strains and stirring melodies of the music as soundtrack. While nothing revealing or outstanding the documentary is a well-done showcase of one of Jazz's most important and talented figures. Hip, suave, complicated and talented, Miles Davis was the personification of Jazz at its most complex and compelling.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 2020 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$18,258, 25 August 2019

Gross USA:

$614,201

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$984,499
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16:9 HD
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