‘Birth of the Cool’

(Above source: YouTube video)

American Masters will present Stanley Nelson’ Grammy-nominated film, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, starting tomorrow, February 25, at 9 pm ET, on PBS stations (but check local listings for days/times in your area).

You’ll also be able to stream the documentary simultaneously at pbs.org/americanmasters or via PBS apps.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
(Above source: YouTube video)

Presented in honor of Black History Month, Birth of the Cool mines recording session outtakes, previously unreleased footage, rare photos and new interviews to help explain Miles Davis’ artistry.

Cool spans Davis’ six-decade career, starting with his days as a Juilliard student and the evolution of his unique sound. It then ventures into his collaborations with Gil Evans and his musical reinvention in the 1970s and 80s. The film also explores how Davis’ rocky personal life informed his musical creativity.

The documentary includes interviews with many greats: legendary producer and songwriter Quincy Jones; Latin fusion artist Carlos Santana; music industry executive Clive Davis; saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter; bassist and Davis collaborator Marcus Miller, and jazz double bassist Ron Carter. We also hear from Davis’ son Erin and nephew Vince Wilburn.

“You rarely see a portrait of a man that worked hard at honing his craft, a man who deeply studied all forms of music, from baroque to classical Indian,” said Nelson. “An elegant man who could render ballads with such tenderness yet hold rage in his heart from the racism he faced throughout his life. He could be romantic and pursue women relentlessly yet treat them with cruelty upon winning them over. He could be extremely generous yet rescind that generosity on a whim.”

For more info, visit American Masters.

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