There are just certain times after midnight that nothing else will do but a Miles and Coltrane mixer. Like scotch and soda, gin and tonic, vodka and cranberry, these two just glide together. Put some ice in the glass, mix yourself a cocktail, sit back with a companion, or by your lonesome and let the chords and groove chase your early morning blues out the door! (a review on Amazon)Two informative books on these albums by Ashley Kahn are Kind of Blue & A Love Supreme.
Coltrane on Constraint and Contingency - Human Freedom Through the Eyes of a Jazz Musician by Mark Robinson (Download MP3 Audio)
Ken Burn has did a nice job documenting the history of Jazz in his series on this topic, which is provided below.
Jazz: A History of America's Music (dvd)
Jazz: A History of America's Music (book)
Jazz: A History of America's Music (audiobook cd)
Ken Burns's Jazz (cd box set)
The Best of Ken Burns Jazz (cd)