Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece
Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece by Ashley Kahn (Da Capo Press, 2000).
A fascinating perspective on the jazz classic -- well researched through interviews and archive material. The author was given unprecedented access to listen to Sony's original session tapes, so each (mis)take is described here along with transcriptions of insightful "studio chatter." This book is also filled with historic photographs -- for example, a Columbia memo detailing the union pay received by Miles' sidemen (John Coltrane: $64.67).
A worthy companion to the essential recording.