“Venus de Milo” is one of several pieces written and arranged by a young Gerry Mulligan for Miles Davis’ nonet in the late 1940s, a band whose recordings were eventually collected under the album title Birth of the Cool. Mulligan displays surprising maturity with his forward thinking voicings in the ensembles, while Davis’ confident solo (followed by Mulligan’s mellow but potent offering) make up the centerpiece of the arrangement. Mulligan later scored it for an octet he led in the 1950s and also revisited it as a part of his CD tribute to Miles (Re-Birth of the Cool), while also making a guest appearance on a live album by Mel Torme to play it. Other excellent interpretations include versions by Jimmy Rowles and Latin bandleader Tito Puente. Like many of Gerry Mulligan’s compositions, “Venus de Milo” is deserving of wider recognition.