We are happy to present you the first two oeuvres that originated from the collaboration of Miles Davis with Gil Evans. We are equally happy to have Matthieu Michel joining us again on the trumpet again after last year’s performance of «Porgy & Bess».
Those two tunes that were recorded in 1949 and 1950 and were later issued as the long-player «Birth of the Cool», are considered a pioneering transitional work between bebop and cool jazz. The soloists are trumpet players from the band. Some ten years later, a new format was required in addition to his many quintet recordings for Miles Davis who had become a household name in the meantime. Miles assigned Gil Evans who combined instruments such as the tuba, the French horn, or the bass clarinet with classical big band music. The outcome are amazing arrangements of tunes such as «My Ship», «The Duke», and «Meaning of the Blues».
Matthieu Michel is the perfect choice for Miller’s part. The trumpet player from Fribourg grew up in a musical family and is considered an exceptional improvisatory talent with his own sound language and a brilliant technician. Thanks to his international reputation, he has toured in more than 40 countries.