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

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, Sep 10, 2013 - Music - 192 pages

From the moment it was recorded more than 40 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 musical 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.

Through extensive interviews and access to rare recordings 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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I 've always loved "Kind of Blue", but my appreciation of the album, the artists involved, and Jazz in general, has grown exponentially since reading this book. As a bonus, Nisenson clearly explains ... Read full review

THE MAKING OF KIND OF BLUE: Miles Davis and His Masterpiece

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Jazz biographer Nisenson (Blue, 1997) traces the history of a pivotal jazz recording.Kind of Blue, the biggest-selling jazz album ever (and the only jazz recording ever to go double-platinum) featured ... Read full review


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The Lydian Odyssey of George Russell
Tranes Passionate Journey
The Lonely Road of Bill Evans

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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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