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  • 'Round About Midnight: A Portrait of Miles Davis (Updated Edition)

    By Eric Nisenson

    Our Price: $17.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780306806841
    • Publisher: Da Capo Press
    • Published: March 1996
    From 1975 to 1981 the jazz giant Miles Davis temporarily retired from music. Almost completely reclusive, nobody outside of a very close circle knew what was happening to him. Rumors abounded: he was sick, he was dying, he was healthy; he was playing the trumpet, the organ, nothing at all. Only one jazz writer was able to get close to him during this time: Eric Nisenson. From 1978 to 1981 Nisenson conducted dozens of interviews with Miles Davis and his associates. The result was 'Round About Midnight, an engaging firsthand account of Miles's fascinating and difficult career.From his recordings with Charlie Parker and the Birth of the Cool nonet, through the Coltrane quintet, the Gil Evans-arranged masterpieces of the sixties, the landmark Kind of Blue album, the Shorter/Hancock/Carter/Williams group, and the success of his fusion recordings of the seventies, Miles's personality - contemplative, abruptly defiant, strong, elegant - meshed with his art to form one of the most compelling legends in the history of American music. While actively disdaining his audience, he sought to broaden it by incorporating elements of other musics - classical, flamenco, rock, funk - into his uncompromising jazz. This contradictory combination of contempt and a desire for recognition fueled controversy in both his public and private lives, and resulted in Miles's lengthy self-imposed isolation.Nisenson broke through that isolation, and his biographical portrait is vivid and telling. This updated edition features a new preface, new material covering Miles in the eighties, and a new recommended listening section.
  • Ascension: John Coltrane and His Quest

    By Eric Nisenson

    Our Price: $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780306806445
    • Publisher: Da Capo Press
    • Published: September 1995
    It is the summer of 1976 and Salvo Ursari, a man of retirement age, is walking on a taut wire strung between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center, almost fourteen hundred feet above the city. Far below him in the gaping crowd stands his wife, Anna, to whom he has made a solemn promise: This wire walk will end his career. In this daring moment, Steven Galloway opens his riveting novel about Salvo Ursari, whose life begins in 1919 amid a Transylvanian boyhood inhabited by gypsy folklore and inspired by the bravery of his persecuted people. Salvo's story moves irresistibly from a tragic fire that envelops his family, to street life in Budapest, where he learns the skills of a wire walker, to the carnivals of Europe and the competitive world of the American circus. Most fulfilled when living with paradox, Salvo feels safest while performing startling feats of balance on a wire high above the dangerous world; and most endangered if performing above a net. With compassion, warmth, and blazing originality, Ascension combines jaw-dropping storytelling, and fantastical symbolism with mesmerizing detail of Romany and circus culture, and an unforgettable walk with the amazing Salvo Ursari.
  • Blue: The Murder of Jazz

    By Eric Nisenson

    Our Price: $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780306809255
    • Publisher: Da Capo Press
    • Published: February 2000
    Explores the modern era of jazz and presents the factors that are hurting this special art form in relation to its original style of the past. Reprint.
  • Making of Kind of Blue: Miles Davis and His Masterpiece

    By Eric Nisenson

    Our Price: $19.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312284084
    • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
    • Published: October 2001
    A chronicle and analysis of the recording of "Kind of Blue," the influential jazz masterpiece of Miles Davis, draws from interviews and recordings to trace the birth of the unique musical genre.
  • Open Sky: Sonny Rollins and His World of Improvisation

    By Eric Nisenson

    Our Price: $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780306809880
    • Publisher: Da Capo Press
    • Published: December 2000
    The first in-depth biography of the great jazz tenor saxophonist, whose career began at age eleven; within five years he'd be playing with Thelonius Monk. 216p. Pap.

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