All Music Guide to Jazz: The Experts' Guide to the Best Jazz Recording

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Now in its second edition, the All Music Guide to jazz has become the definitive reference on jazz recordings and performers. Designed for serious jazz fans and newcomers alike, this easy-to-use, comprehensive guide profiles the lives and work of 1,440 key jazz artists, reviewing and rating each one's best albums - more than 13,200 top recordings in all. This edition has been fully updated and expanded throughout, featuring thousands of reviews new to this edition, written by noted jazz critics and seasoned music...
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Overview

Now in its second edition, the All Music Guide to jazz has become the definitive reference on jazz recordings and performers. Designed for serious jazz fans and newcomers alike, this easy-to-use, comprehensive guide profiles the lives and work of 1,440 key jazz artists, reviewing and rating each one's best albums - more than 13,200 top recordings in all. This edition has been fully updated and expanded throughout, featuring thousands of reviews new to this edition, written by noted jazz critics and seasoned music journalists. The reviewers also rate the recordings by best-of-genre, best-of-artist, and first pick. Enlightening biographies and anecdotal career histories of major artists paint a complete portrait of each one's evolution and importance in the world of jazz. Other special features include: an overview of jazz history; jazz styles; influential producers; important record labels; music maps charting the evolution of key instruments; and resources for further exploration.
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Library Journal
An updated version of the All Music Guide to Jazz (LJ 4/1/95), this greatly expanded edition is an improvement upon what was already a first-rate publication. The number of artists included is up from 1150 to 1440, and the number of recordings listed has increased from 9000 to 13,200. The artist biographies are arranged alphabetically, with the best recordings of each artist listed after his or her citation. These recordings are scored on a scale of one to five. In addition, certain recordings are designated "landmark," "essential," or "first purchase." Other features include a brief history of jazz, an overview of jazz styles (shorter, alas, than that in the previous edition), a "beginner's guide" to jazz recordings, and several charts showing the historical development of the instruments most common to jazz. Highly recommended for all libraries, even those with other guides or the previous edition.David Moran, Carrollton Libs., Tex.
Booknews
It seems like every new jazz guide claims to be the "indispensable" resource, but in the case of this second edition it looks like the publicists are telling the truth. This volume covers 4,200 more recordings than the last, each highlighted by a review from the likes of Cadence, Down Beat, Jazz Times or Coda. The introduction defines 17 styles right down to Post Bop, and the biographical profiles snapshoot the best of the best in jazz: Armstrong, Ellington, Parker, Davis, and Coltrane. But perhaps the niftiest of all features are the "maps" that salt the book, charting the development of individual jazz instruments, players, and vocalists from jazz's origins to the contemporary scene. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879304072
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 7/1/1996
  • Series: AMG All Music Guide Ser.
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 900
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.93 (d)

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