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Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece by Ashley Kahn / The Making of Kind of Blue: Miles Davis and His Masterpiece by Eric Nisenson

A review of two books on Miles Davis' epochal Kind of Blue album

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These books on the making of Kind of Blue were published about a month apart, but they are similar in topic only: Compared to Ashley Kahn’s detailed, professional text, Eric Nisenson’s volume reads like a half-baked term paper.

Kahn is a working journalist and the primary contributor to the Rolling Stone Jazz & Blues Album Guide and his book, Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece, brims with intelligent investigative reportage. Complete access to the Columbia vaults, which included master tapes with studio chatter and outtakes, rare documents and session photography, allowed Kahn to recreate the recording of and spirit behind Kind of Blue.

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