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Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece cover
  • ISBN: 9780306809866
  • ISBN10: 0306809869

Kind of Blue: the Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece

by Kahn, Ashley

  • List Price: $23.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publish date: 01/01/2004
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Jazz musicians call it The Bible. Critics call it the one jazz album every fan must own. Forty-one years since its recording in 1959, it has sold millions worldwide and sits near the top of any list of most important records of the century. How did two impromptu sessions produce such a timeless acknowledged masterpiece?

Now, for the first time, Ashley Kahn takes us into the studio to witness the creation of an album that still thrills jazz musicians, enthusiasts, and newcomers alike with its deceptively simple tunes. Using eyewitness accounts and newly discovered documents, Kahn traces Miles's move from bop to modal jazz, re-creates the sessions using master tapes (weighing in on fragmentary takes and the dispute about composers), and follows the rise of the album from its contemporary reception to its transformation into a cultural landmark through conversations with those who were there. Extensively researched and copiously illustrated, Kind of Blue recovers an invaluable piece of musical history and heightens fans' appreciation of the album they know and love.

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