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

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

by Michael Erlewine
     
 
The definitive reference on jazz recordings and performers, All Music Guide to Jazz is designed for devoted fans and newcomers alike, identifying thousands of topnotch CDs, albums, and tapes in all jazz styles. Alphabetized biographical profiles introduce readers to 1,300 jazz artists and their key recordings selected and reviewed by top critics. 30 charts.

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The definitive reference on jazz recordings and performers, All Music Guide to Jazz is designed for devoted fans and newcomers alike, identifying thousands of topnotch CDs, albums, and tapes in all jazz styles. Alphabetized biographical profiles introduce readers to 1,300 jazz artists and their key recordings selected and reviewed by top critics. 30 charts.

Editorial Reviews

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879304072
Publisher:
Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date:
07/01/1996
Series:
AMG All Music Guide Ser.
Pages:
900
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.27(h) x 1.93(d)

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