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3 Shades of Blue: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans & The Lost Empire of Cool (Hardback)
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3 Shades of Blue: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans & The Lost Empire of Cool (Hardback)

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Hardback 496 Pages
Published: 07/03/2024
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The esteemed music writer chronicles the lives of three jazz legends who all came together to play on Miles Davis' seminal Kind of Blue album and the creative genius that unleashed a musical golden age.

1959 saw Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, and the other members of Miles's sextet come together to record the seminal jazz album of all time Kind of Blue.

3 Shades of Blue is a magnificent, blended biography on the meandering paths which led Miles, Coltrane and Evans to the mountaintop of 1959 and the aftermath. It's a book about music, business, race, addiction and the cities that gave jazz its home; from New York and LA to Philadelphia, Chicago and Kansas City. Kaplan meditates on creativity and the great forebears of this golden age who would take the music down strange new paths.

Above all, this is a book about three very different men - their struggles, their choices, their tragedies, their greatness. The tapestry of their lives is, in Kaplan's hands, an American Odyssey, with no direction home.

Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9781805302001
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 737 g
Dimensions: 240 x 161 x 44 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

[Kaplan] has written the definitive book on how that decade came to be and the three men . . . vital, marshalling with a light touch countless snippets of material - Sunday Times

Kaplan evokes a pivotal moment in modern music . . . Entertaining - Financial Times

A compelling read . . . [Kaplan] knows how to tell a story, and in 3 Shades of Blue he has a good one to tell. Or, rather, three good ones. . . . Kaplan has framed 3 Shades of Blue as both a chronicle of a golden age and a lament for its decline and fall. One doesn't have to accept the decline-and-fall part to acknowledge that he has done a lovely job of evoking the golden age - New York Times Book Review

A superb book . . . [Kaplan is] a master biographer, a dogged researcher and shaper of narrative, and this is his most ambitious book to date - Los Angeles Times

3 Shades of Blue, raises the bar . . . At a time when jazz is re-emergent and viral, seeping into virtually every musical genre (and vice versa), we are fortunate that the author has conjured this hothouse flower of a book - as rarified, intricate and haunting as an orchid - Vanity Fair

A conventionally readable portrait of jazz musicians - RICHARD WILLIAMS, Literary Review

Kaplan does a wonderful job synthesising sources to produce a compelling narrative history . . . His technical descriptions of the music are accessible and useful - Wall Street Journal

Writing with acumen and lyricism, Kaplan conjures the moods and milieus, breakthroughs and performances, temperaments and drama that generated this endlessly enthralling music - Booklist (starred review)

Throughout this vibrant text, the author captures the time and atmosphere perfectly - the music, the personalities, the fragrant aroma of weed in the air - and he brings us right into the performances . . . A marvelous must-read for jazz fans and anyone interested in this dynamic period of American music - Kirkus (starred review)

James Kaplan once more combines his formidable skill as an electrifying storyteller of the history of American music with a true depth of understanding of the art form itself - this time through the eyes of three jazz legends. This book reads like music. Don't miss it - SETH MacFARLANE, creator of FAMILY GUY

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