Music

Columbia Records Set to Release Miles Davis ‘Birth of the Cool’ Compilation Album

The soundtrack features commentary from musical legends like Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock.

The Miles Davis documentary Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool will make its television debut on PBS on February 25. On the preceding Friday, Columbia Records will release the film’s official soundtrack. The label calls the collection an “essential playlist for seasoned fans and new listeners alike.”

The film was recently nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Film. Its director, Stanley Nelson, is the recipient of three Primetime Emmy Awards and a MacArthur Fellowship grant. In addition to known Davis classics, the soundtrack also premieres a previously-unheard Davis track, “Hail to the Real Chief.”

Birth of the Cool premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Subsequently, the film appeared in select theaters throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

“I remember stealing my father’s copy of Kind of Blue to take with me to college,” Nelson said. “He was to me a singular force of nature; the very embodiment of cool…curating the soundtrack gave me a chance to delve even deeper into his archive so that both diehard fans and his new listeners could discover something new.”

The documentary and soundtrack highlight Davis’ evolution throughout his career. The tracklist includes songs from three different decades. “Hail to the Real Chief” features an unreleased Davis studio performance, combined with music written by Lenny White. The track features a collection of Miles’ former band members.

Find “Hail to the Real Chief” on Davis’ website and on major streaming platforms.

Torry Threadcraft

Torry Threadcraft is a writer who covers music, sports, and culture. You can find his daily ramblings and culinary takes at @dreadcraft.

Share
Published by
Torry Threadcraft
Tags: Miles Davis

Recent Posts

Questlove Will Co-Curate a Hip-Hop 50 Performance During the 2023 Grammys

In partnership with Mass Appeal, Questlove will co-curate the Hip-Hop 50 tribute during the 65th… Read More

January 31, 2023

This AI Generator Will Allow You to Turn Mundane Topics Into a Drake Song

Drake fans are using website AI generator website Drayk.it to make automatic versions of songs… Read More

January 31, 2023

Will Smith & Martin Lawrence Announce Fourth ‘Bad Boys’ Movie

On Tuesday, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence went to social media to announce the fourth… Read More

January 31, 2023

Lil Wayne Is Hitting the the Road for ‘Welcome to Tha Carter Tour’

Rap icon Lil Wayne will embark on the 'Welcome to Tha Carter Tour' in April,… Read More

January 31, 2023

This ’70s Song is Seeing a Huge Boost in Streams Thanks to ‘The Last of Us’

The 1970 Linda Ronstadt song "Long Long Time" was used in the third episode of… Read More

January 31, 2023

Donald Glover Gives First Look At Forthcoming Show ‘Swarm’

In a Vanity Fair exclusive, Donald Glover and Janine Nabers shared first look images and… Read More

January 31, 2023