“Birth of the Cool is a compilation album by American jazz musician Miles Davis, released in 1957 on Capitol Records. It compiles eleven songs recorded by Davis’s nonet for the label over the course of three sessions during 1949 and 1950. Featuring unusual instrumentation and several notable musicians, the music consisted of innovative arrangements strongly inspired by classical music and marked a major development in post-bebop jazz. As the title implies, these recordings are considered seminal in the history of cool jazz.”
“Musically, the songs on Birth of the Cool stand as an important reaction to the prominent bebop form in contemporary jazz inspiring a whole school of jazz musicians, particularly in California in what is usually referred to as “West Coast jazz” or the “cool school.”
Byron Colborn has performed this compilation of music, previously using his quintet. Following in the style of Davis, this time Byron has arranged his nonet (9 -piece) featuring some of Sacramento’s finest musicians with: Aaron Smith on trumpet, Levi Saelua on Alto sax, Brandon Au on trombone, Byron Colborn on Bari sax, Stephen Binger Jr. on French Horn, Benwar Shepard on tuba, Sterling Cozza on piano; Benjamin Kopf on bass, and Jim Frink on drums.