The Essential Jazz Records: From Ragtime to Swingby Max Harrison, Charles Fox, Eric Thacker
Three distinguished jazz critics have chosen 250 records that best document the music at its peak in various periods- from the Savannah syncopators and Scott Joplin, to Armstrong and Hines and Bechet, to the swing of Benny Carter, Artie Shaw, Basie, Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, and Lester Young. All the major figures and their top recordings are discussed with historical and musical analyses. Authoritative and readable, here is a book for every jazz library.
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