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Eric Nisenson (February 12, 1946 - August 15, 2003) was an American author and jazz historian. The son of inventor Jules Nisenson, he was born in New York City and raised in Rye, New York. He attended New York University (NYU), where he studied English, and then moved to San Francisco where he worked on the staffs of alternative publications including The Berkeley Barb and Heliotrope.

Nisenson became a lifelong lover of jazz at the age of 15, when he listened to trumpeter Miles Davis's 1959 album Kind of Blue. In the early 1970s, after he had moved back to New York, Nisenson was introduced to Davis. Although, as Nisenson recounts, he was "terrified" of Davis the first time he met him, [1] the two men became friends, and Davis asked Nisenson to write his official biography. By the time Round About Midnight: A Portrait of Miles Davis was published in 1982, however, the friendship had ended (Davis was not easy to get along with, though Nisenson wrote in a second revision of the biography, that Miles had deserted him as Cicely Tyson was determined for Miles to start a new lifestyle and cut his ties with the past).

In 1993 Nisenson published a biography of saxophonist John Coltrane entitled Ascension: John Coltrane and his Quest, but by that time he had been diagnosed with a form of leukemia and was struggling with the disease and complications arising from it. The illness largely kept Nisenson confined to his house, but as he fought it he focused increasingly on his work. In 1997 he published Blue: The Murder of Jazz, a critical work arguing that conservative musicians and record labels are stifling the innovation that makes jazz distinctive. The year 2000 saw two new works from Nisenson, The Making of Kind of Blue, which focuses on the inspiration behind the landmark album; and a biography of saxophonist Sonny Rollins called Open Sky: Sonny Rollins and His World of Improvisation.

Nisenson died on August 15, 2003 of kidney failure related to his leukemia. At the time of his death he was working on a biography of pianist Dave Brubeck and a study of Brazilian music and culture.

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Total Books: 14
The Making of Kind of Blue  Miles Davis and His Masterpiece
2001 - The Making of Kind of Blue Miles Davis and His Masterpiece (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780312284084
ISBN-10: 031228408X
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Open Sky Sonny Rollins and His World of Improvisation
The Making of Kind of Blue Miles Davis and His Masterpiece
2000 - The Making of Kind of Blue Miles Davis and His Masterpiece (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780312266172
ISBN-10: 0312266170
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Open Sky Sonny Rollins and His World of Improvisation
2000 - Open Sky Sonny Rollins and His World of Improvisation (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780312253301
ISBN-10: 0312253303
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Blue The Murder of Jazz
2000 - Blue the Murder of Jazz (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780306809255
ISBN-10: 0306809257
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Round about midnight
1999 - Round About Midnight (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782207250174
ISBN-10: 2207250172
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Blue The Murder of Jazz
1997 - Blue the Murder of Jazz (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780312167851
ISBN-10: 0312167857
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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'Round About Midnight A Portrait of Miles Davis
1996 - 'round About Midnight a Portrait of Miles Davis (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780306806841
ISBN-10: 0306806843
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Ascension John Coltrane and His Quest
1995 - Ascension John Coltrane and His Quest (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780306806445
ISBN-10: 0306806444
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Ascension John Coltrane and His Quest
1993 - Ascension John Coltrane and His Quest (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780312098384
ISBN-10: 0312098383
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment
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Round about Midnight A Portrait of Miles Davis
1982 - Round About Midnight a Portrait of Miles Davis (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780385272322
ISBN-10: 0385272324
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Miles Davis Bitches Brew
Miles Davis Bitches Brew (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780312288280
ISBN-10: 031228828X
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