Shades of Blue
Bill Moody

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Narrated By: Grover Gardner

Duration: 8 hours and 24 minutes

What to expect

After months of successful work in Europe, musician Evan Horne returns to settle in the San Francisco Bay area, where he makes inroads into the jazz scene. Life is good until he gets a phone call from a Los Angeles attorney. Evan’s old friend and former mentor, pianist Calvin Hughes, has died and left Evan all of his possessions.

When Evan begins to play through some of Calvin’s handwritten sheet music, he recognizes a song from the landmark Miles Davis recording Birth of the Cool and another from Kind of Blue. Evan is soon on a whirlwind journey across the country to confront his family. Was Calvin Hughes the uncredited composer of one or both of these tunes? Or was it simply Hughes’ transcriptions from the recordings? Just what was his mother’s relationship with Calvin Hughes? And how did jazz come into the equation?


Crime and mystery fiction

Listen to a sample

“Evan’s sixth case offers an infectiously mellow first-person narrative, a nostalgic undertone, and a nicely drawn combo of sidemen (and women).”

Kirkus Reviews

“Gardner’s strengths help listeners to enjoy the production.”


“Moody effectively combines Horne’s investigations into Hughes’ and his own background with the always fascinating story of how those great Miles albums came to be.”


“Moody works story lines like a clever arranger setting two familiar melodies in unexpected counterpoint.”