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Kind Of Blue


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ISBN 10: 1862074240 / ISBN 13: 9781862074248
Verlag: Granta London, 2000
Zustand: As New Hardcover
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A brilliant celebration of a great jazz recording. This is an unread perfect first printing of the hardback first edition. No marks, faults, names or stamps. Pristine and unread. Language: eng Language: eng 0.0 Language: eng 0.0 Language: eng 0.0. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-12714604619

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Titel: Kind Of Blue

Verlag: Granta London

Erscheinungsdatum: 2000

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand:As New

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: As New

Auflage: 1st Edition...

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In the early spring of 1959, six musicians went into a studio in New York. Their leader, Miles Davis, was already the most celebrated of the younger jazz musicians in America. Two of the players were ex-junkies; two of the others were still addicts. They spent six hours there that first day. A few weeks later they returned for another three hours. In those nine hours they recorded, in a collaborative effort, one of the finest albums of the 20th century. "Kind of Blue" is haunting, melodic and plaintive, a recreation of the musical roots of jazz. This volume recreates those few hours in New York in words and photographs. Ashley Kahn writes about the careers and struggles of the music makers. He explains, without jargon, what makes the music so unusual. He has listened to all the tapes, and he takes us through the making of each track on the album, and he has interviewed the survivors. He also writes about the album's influential afterlife.


Ashley Khan's Kind of Blue: the Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece is a symptom of a phenomenon it both reports and perpetuates. Miles Davis' 1959 albumKind of Blue) has been a perennial jazz bestseller, but in recent years it has enjoyed even higher sales, perhaps in large part because of the contemporary preoccupation with things past. Khan himself, growing up with punk rock, writing extensively for Rolling Stone magazine and discovering jazz second-hand, is perhaps an example of the new audience for Kind Of Blue as cultural icon. Kind of Blue has long signified much more than just the sounds contained in its 45-odd minutes: Miles Davis was already a symbol of hipness, black pride and cool by the late 1950s, and while that image waned as rock boomed in the 1960s and 1970s, it has become newly ascendant in the recent years, fuelled by 1990s retrospection and a vigorous reissue programme by Davis's old record label, Sony-Columbia. Against this background, Khan's book could have been a celebration of the mythology surrounding Kind of Blue, but while it briefly subscribes to idolatry, it is mostly a mature and serious account of a musical milestone. Drawing on old and new research, Khan traces the genesis of the record's aesthetic in, among other places, Claude Thornhill's 1940s orchestrations, George Russell's harmonic theories, Bill Evans's impressionism and Davis's own lyrical disposition. He discusses the making and selling of the record in exacting detail, but perhaps the most interesting part of the book is his survey of the influence of Kind of Blue on pop music. Duane Allman, Ray Manzarek of The Doors and Andy Summers of The Police all acknowledge their debt to the record's modal style, and Khan draws plausible parallels between the hypnotic broodiness of "So What" and contemporary trance and drum 'n' bass music. Davis himself, publicly scathing about his past and about efforts to describe or analyse his music, would probably have been officially unimpressed by this volume, but even he was susceptible to the charms of his own legend. --Mark Gilbert

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