Recorded by Miles Davis
Composed and Arranged by Gerry Mulligan, Edited by Jeffrey Sultanof
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Edition: Jazz Nonet Arrangement [6 Horn with Rhythm Section]

Description: Swing - Medium

Publisher: Jazz Lines Publications

Gil Evans set up shop in his small New York apartment above a Chinese laundry acting as an adviser to a group of jazz musicians. Evans was already well-known as an adventurous arranger who took inspiration from classical composers of the day. The emphasis of this group was the arrangements and the re-definition of the current jazz scene. Gerry Mulligan was the main arranger and composer with John Lewis.  In 1947 Evans and Gerry Mulligan organized a group of musicians into a working nonet and began to rehearse some new material. Miles Davis was trying to separate himself from the bebop club scene, of which he was a part in Charlie Parker's groups. He heard the music being played at Gil Evans' place and joined them.

In 1949 Davis organized the recording of twelve arrangements, nine by Gerry Mulligan. They were recorded by Capitol Records, during three recording sessions, over the next year. These sessions yielded the famous Birth of the Cool record. The musicians that were in the group included: Miles Davis (trumpet), Mike Zwerin (trombone), Bill Barber (tuba), Junior Collins (French horn), Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone), Lee Konitz (alto saxophone), John Lewis (piano), Al McKibbon (bass), and Max Roach (drums).

Gerry Mulligan with Gil Evans, John Lewis, Miles Davis, and the others invented what came to be known as the Cool School.

Here is another great arrangement from the famous 'Birth of the Cool' session. Gerry Mulligan's arrangement features solo space for trumpet, alto sax, and baritone sax. This chart has been produced directly from the original manuscripts. The solos have been transcribed and are presented as-played. But, chord changed are also included in the event that your players wish to improvise. An alternate B flat part for the French horn is included that may be played by a second trumpet or a tenor sax. And, the tuba part may be played by a bass trombone. This Jeffrey Sultanof Master Edition comes with complete performance and historical notes.

NOTE: This is part of our BIRTH OF THE COOL series of charts.

Full Score
Alto Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Horn in F (or Trumpet 2 or Tenor Sax)
Tuba (or Bass Trombone)