Blue by Eric Nisenson
The Murder of Jazz

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According to jazz researcher and writer Eric Nisenson, true jazz music is being choked to death by corrupt marketing. Claiming that the inspiration of jazz has evaporated, leaving listeners with little more than sepia-tinted memories of a bygone era, Nisenson offers a controversial and disturbing look at what may be a dying art form.
 

About Eric Nisenson

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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.
 
Published November 1, 1997 by St. Martin's Press. 224 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Kind of Blue, the biggest-selling jazz album ever (and the only jazz recording ever to go double-platinum) featured Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

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He jumps into the fray with both feet, accusing the ``revivalists,'' as he calls Marsalis and his coterie, of ``smothering the heart and soul of jazz with their love.'' He repeats the often-made accusations against Marsalis, his primary mouthpiece, Stanley Crouch, and their mentor Albert Murray, ...

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A masterpiece in its own right, this work comprehensively covers Miles Davis's 1959 landmark album, Kind of Blue.

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To discredit their attempts to create a jazz canon that includes only pieces that fit their narrow definition of jazz, based on concepts such as ""swing"" and, more controversially, race, Nisenson develops his own narrow definition that ""real"" jazz is based on the principles of improvisation an...

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