The Making of Kind of Blue: Miles Davis and His Masterpiece
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The Making of Kind of Blue: 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 Making of Kind of Blue is an exhaustively researched examination of how this masterpiece was born. Recorded with pianist Bill Evans, tenor saxophonist John...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 192 pages
Published November 7th 2000 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2000)
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Doug Bright
If you are a fan of Jazz this will be a fun read of the pivotal time and players of when Jazz made the transition from the Bop of the forties to the smooth jazz sound of the sixties. Great sketches of the players on " Kind of Blue" the transcendent work of the transition. For the casual jazz fan the book gets a little too " inside baseball" and a little self- indulgent and verbose. As Miles Davis himself said: " You don't have to play all the notes, just the pretty ones."
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Jon
I'm giving it four stars, but that may be partly because I love the music so much. Is there a more evocative and important sonic footprint than Miles' muted trumpet on "Blue in Green?" I haven't come across a sound that pensive and soulful ever, anywhere. The author knows the music, and seems to have been a friend of Miles. He may get a bit over-serious, especially in linking the music with the young civil rights movement - was every black jazz musician trying to channel 400 years of oppression...more
Robyn
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").
Eben
This is the most amazing album ever. This book gives insight into this recording. Read while sipping hot coffee, listening to the record (vinyl) on a cold, rainy Sunday morning. Then you will hear the note between the note!
milton
another good book on the greatest album in the world. not as good as ashley kahn's but still worth the read.
Solor
Amazing analysis of a masterpiece rich of information and trivial.
Hugh Carson
Incredible book about one of my incredible heroes.
G Miller
This book is a must have for every jazz lover!
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