The Re-Birth Octet

“Chris Coull and the Rebirth Octet’s rendition of Miles Davis’ 1957 album ‘Birth of the Cool’ is far from just a note-for-note recreation.” Ivan Hewett – Daily Telegraph.

Reproducing and reinterpreting the music of Miles Davis’ now classic album “Birth Of The Cool”, the group features some unusual instrumentation rarely seen in modern jazz (French horn, Tuba). The music consists of innovative arrangements influenced by classical music techniques such as polyphony, which at the time marked a major development in post-bebop jazz. As the title suggests, these recordings are considered seminal in the history of cool jazz. Given the group’s size and unusual line up, the music is rarely, if ever heard live. The original arrangements have been carefully transcribed and arranged for this project, lengthening the original 3-4 minute tunes (for the 78rpm records of the day) into extended pieces of music that showcase the group’s broad array of Sussex’s jazz talent. The original recordings exclusively featured the trumpet of Miles Davis, but in this reimagining we have used the pieces as vehicles for improvisation, focusing in turn on each member.

Some of Sussex’s most well-known jazz players including award winning saxophonists Andy Panayi (alto) and Bob McKay (baritone), a rhythm section of George Trebar (Double Bass) and Joe Edwards, (drums) and Gil Evan’s unconventional brass section; the renowned Jim Rattigan (French horn), Mike Pilley (trombone), Gabriel Garrick (sousaphone) and of course Chris Coull (trumpet); also the arranger and musical director.

  • Mike, Bob, Gabriel and George
  • Andy, Chris, Jim and Mike
  • Mike Pilley trombone
  • Jim and Chris
  • Chris Coull
  • Jim, Chris and Andy
  • George and Joe
  • Gabriel and George
  • Mike and Bob
  • Gabriel and George
  • Mike and Bob
  • Bob, Gabriel and George
  • Jim Rattigan horn
  • Re-Birth Octet
  • Jim and Chris
  • Chris Coull trumpet
  • Andy Panayi sax
  • Chris, Bob and Gabriel
  • Andy, Chris and Jim
  • Re-Birth Octet

The Rebirth Octet play the music of Miles Davis’ “The Birth Of The Cool”

Oct132022
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Wagner Hall, Brighton

Doors at 7.30pm, music from 8pm. “Chris Coull and the Rebirth Octet’s rendition of Miles Davis’ 1957 album ‘Birth of the Cool’ is far from just a note-for-note recreation.” Ivan Hewett – Daily Telegraph. The Rebirth Octet was formed in 2021 by Brighton based musician Chris Coull. Taking the original 78rpm compositions by Miles, Gill… Read More »The Rebirth Octet play the music of Miles Davis’ “The Birth Of The Cool”

SWING DINNER DANCE SPECIAL WITH THE BRIGHTON JAZZ MAFIA BIG BAND

Nov102022
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Wagner Hall, Brighton

Doors at 7.30pm, music from 8pm This fantastic big band, based in Sussex, UK, performs works by the masters of big band music, (Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Kenton and even some Glenn Miller). They also play the finest jazz, swing, funk and latin arrangements by contemporary writers living in Sussex and beyond. Brighton Jazz… Read More »SWING DINNER DANCE SPECIAL WITH THE BRIGHTON JAZZ MAFIA BIG BAND

The Chris Coull Big Band’s tribute to Duke Ellington at Ropetackle Arts Centre.

Apr62023
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea

Trumpeter and band leader Chris Coull leads his octet full of inspired be-bopper shining in every position. From UK horn stars Andy Panayi (reeds) and Gabriel Garrick (trumpet) to the hard swinging rhythm section of Peter Cater (drums) Terry Seabrook (piano) and Dan Sheppard on bass the swash buckling style let’s fly with aplomb. The… Read More »The Chris Coull Big Band’s tribute to Duke Ellington at Ropetackle Arts Centre.