THE BIRTH OF THE COOL ON CAPITOL RECORDS
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT
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Andre Hodeir’s Jazz: Its Evolution and Essence was translated from the French and published in English by Grove Press in 1956. It stands as the first extensive critical appraisal of Miles Davis’ Birth of the Cool sessions.
Andre Hodeir, the French critic and musician, devoted part of a chapter of his 1956 book, Jazz: Its Evolution and Essence, to this Davis band. He was greatly impressed by the arrangements, and in his summation of the band's importance he wrote, "Men like Evans and Mulligan seem to have understood that the principal objective of the arranger should be to respect the personality of each performer while at the same time giving the group a feeling of unity."
Hoefer, George. “The Hot Box - The Birth of the Cool.” Down Beat, 7 October 1965, 13, 40.
(© Down Beat, 1965, Maher Publications)
© 1956, Andre Hodeir, Grove Press, N.Y.