"Music is always there, it comes before everything," Miles Davis says early in director Stanley Nelson's (The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution) documentary Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. This thesis comes in all forms during the film. It is an explanation, a direction and an excuse at various times. But after an hour into the film, it becomes apparent Miles Davis, the quintessential cool jazz cat, wasn't so aloof as it would seem. Everything went into his music. His loves, his torments, his early family's inner turmoil, the entire racial divide of America came out of his horn. And he encouraged the musicians who played with him to do the same.
Miles Davis: Birth Of the Cool is comprehensive and revelatory, even if it is a