Review: “Birth of the Cool” on ExileFM
Jazz Radio Program Review
“Birth of the Cool” on ExileFM
Birth of the Cool is part of an on-line, independent radio station, ExileFM (www.exilefm.com), which embraces a whole group of extremely enthusiastic music lovers who do just that – love music and love sharing their eclectic and universal tastes with one and all. Its name is a tribute to the eponymous Miles Davis album of 1957.
Birth of the Cool’s actual birth was enabled through an international invitation from an old school friend, Dave Gurman, aka Whispering DG, a fellow DJ and co-founder of ExileFM. My passion for Jazz has been lifelong, fanned by my Grandad’s love of Satchmo and my Dad’s for Tony Bennet and Ella Fitzgerald, not to mention my Mum’s penchant for Gershwin and Berlin tunes.
The two-hour show is broadcast live very early on Sunday mornings from Melbourne Australia, which translates to 10.00 pm to midnight in the UK. Smattered with (hopefully) interesting titbits of background information and personal recollections or opinions, the tracks are, ideally, live recordings. Most shows are themed. Titles such as “Jazz at the Village Vanguard”, “Cuba”, and “Blues” speak for themselves; “Fresh” was a show dedicated to new Jazz and featured artists who are currently performing. All shows are available for about a week after live broadcasting as Podcasts via the ExileFM website (“Media” tab”), and you can also give us a holler on the Shoutbox.
Take a listen – it’s all very, very cool.