Stanley Nelson has made the definitive biographical documentary about Miles Davis, one of the most groundbreaking and influential musicians of the twentieth century, a must for all fans and the perfect introduction for newcomers. Featuring unseen archive footage and studio outtakes, Birth of the Cool provides an outline of his long and complex career as trumpeter and bandleader from bebop to cool jazz, orchestral music to jazz fusion. It also tracks his restless determination to live life on his own terms. It made him a star. It also made life difficult for those who loved him most.