Miles Davis

Venus de Milo

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“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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Birth of the Cool 1957 Blue Note 3:14
Miles Davis & John Coltrane 1976 Delta Music Ltd. / Laserlight
The Ballad Artistry of Miles Davis 1992 EMI-Capitol Special Markets 3:11
The Blue Note and Capitol Recordings 1993 Blue Note 3:10
The Complete Birth of the Cool [Blue Note] 1998 Capitol / Blue Note 3:12
Milestones in Jazz 1999 Drive (import) 3:12
From Be-Bop to Cool 2000
Various Artists
Giants Of Jazz Recordings 3:12
Story of Jazz 2000 EMI Music Distribution 3:11
Young Miles 2001 Proper Box 3:12
Boplicity [Proper] 2001 Proper Sales & Dist. 3:12
52nd Street/Embraceable You/Ornithology 2002 Musicpro 3:10
Boplicity [Recall] 2002 Recall (UK) 3:11
The Early Years, Vol. 2: 1947-1950 2003 Body & Soul 3:12
Miles Stones 2004 Trilogie 3:11
Jazz Biography Series 2004 United Multimedia / United Multi Consign 3:11
Great Sessions 2006 Angel Records 3:14
Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die 2008
Various Artists
Golden Stars 3:14
Complete Birth of the Cool [Jazz Track] 2008 Jazz Track 3:10
Jazz Obowiązkowy 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / MyMusic 3:16
Blue Note TSF 2010 New Release 3:10
Jazz Legend 2011 United Audio Entertainment 3:13
Ornithology 3:10
Triple Best Of Miles Davis Blue Note / New Release 3:10