New York: De Capo Press, W.W. Norton & Company, 2000, 2006. First Edition. Two volumes. Octavo. (22 cm., 24 cm.) 223 pp., 338 pp. Book 1, Half-black paper boards, titles in silver on spine, photo-illustrated dust jacket of trumpeter, Miles Davis. Book 2, Half-orange paper boards, Impulse logo blindstamped on front board, spine in black with titles in metallic orange, photo-illustrated dust jacket of saxophonist, John Coltrane. Both Fine. Item #60
Two books by music historian and journalist, Ashley Kahn. Kahn's music journalism, specifically jazz, is showcased here, in two of his most popular and accessible books. Both books are loving biographies, not of people, but of events leading to the creation of, respecitvely, the recording of the masterpiece, "Kind of Blue" and the evolution of the groundbreaking record label, Impulse. For those lovers of jazz and its enduring and gigantic shadow over American culture. Both books resplendent with candid photographs of jazz greats.