The Making of Kind of Blue: Miles Davis and His Masterpiece

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Macmillan, Oct 5, 2001 - Music - 236 pages
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From the moment it was recorded, more than forty years ago, Miles Davis's Kind of Blue was hailed as a jazz classic. To this day, it remains the bestselling jazz album of all time, embraced by fans of all music genres. The album represented a true watershed moment in jazz history, and helped to usher in the first great jazz revolution since bebop.

The Making of Kind of Blue is an exhaustively researched examination of how this masterpiece was born. Recorded with pianist Bill Evans; tenor saxophonist John Coltrane; composer/theorist George Russell; and Miles himself, the album represented a fortuitous conflation of some of the real giants of the jazz world, at a time when they were at the top of their musical game. The end result was a recording that would forever change the face of American music
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Through extensive interview and access to rare recordings, Eric Nisenson pieced together the whole story of this miraculous session, laying bare the genius of Miles Davis, other musicians, and the heart of jazz itself.
  

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Review: The Making of Kind of Blue: Miles Davis and His Masterpiece

User Review  - Stuart Elliott - Goodreads

Kind of Blue is not only Miles Davis' masterpiece, it is the best selling jazz album ever. It is the one jazz album most likely to be a favorite of non-jazz fans and one of the best to give to ... Read full review

Review: The Making of Kind of Blue: Miles Davis and His Masterpiece

User Review  - Robyn - Goodreads

Great background story to a wonderful album, and definitely worth a read for lovers of the music, but I'm not a fan of Nisenson's writing style (particularly his incessant reference to "jazzmen"). Read full review

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Contents

End of an Era
1
Miless Mode Part One
18
Miless Mode Part Two
33
The Lydian Odyssey of George Russell
50
Tranes Passionate Journey
74
The Lonely Road of Bill Evans
88
Cannonballs Run
112
The Sessions
134
Blues Legacy
160
So What?
195
Appendix
219
Notes
223
Index
227
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Eric Nisenson is the author of Round About Midnight: Portrait of Miles Davis, Ascension: John Coltrane and His Quest, Blue: The Murder of Jazz, and Open Sky, a biography of Sonny Rollins. He lives in Massachusetts.

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