Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool


Key images out of time project the jazz man of all times. The realest deal on a trendsetter, baaad black man on the horn reflected via his voice as delivered by actor Carl Lumbly, women in his life, his misogyny, and the intellectuals essential to getting the story right—uncut visual and aural truth. The film is packed with reflections and analysis from musicians Quincy Jones, Mulgrew Miller, Jimmy Heath, Mtume, Wayne Shorter, and others, along with clips from French filmmaker Louis Malle’s Elevator to the Gallows, for which Miles made the soundtrack. The masterstroke is hearing from former loves in his life Frances Taylor Davis and Juliette Gréco and scholars Jasmine Griffith and Greg Tate. It gets on the inside of why the recording Kind of Blue is an all-time great and should be spinning on your turntable.  DS

Filmmaker Q&A following screening


Stanley Nelson


Stanley Nelson, Nicole London


Lewis Erskine

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United States

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115 minutes