The Making of Kind of Blue by Eric Nisenson
Miles Davis and His Masterpiece

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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.


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 September 10, 2013 by St. Martin's Press. 257 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography. 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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A masterpiece in its own right, this work comprehensively covers Miles Davis's 1959 landmark album, Kind of Blue. Nisenson (Ascension: John Coltrane and His Quest, etc.) leaves no note unexamined and

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