The Penguin Guide to Jazz

The Penguin Guide to Jazz

by Richard Cook, Brian Morton
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The Penguin Guide to Jazz by Richard Cook, Brian Morton

What was the line-up at John Coltrane's Village Vanguard sessions? What is John Zorn's most important contribution to contemporary jazz? When was Jelly Roll Morton recorded for the Library of Congress? Where can you find a complete set of Ella Fitzgerald's many songbook recordings? Leading critics Richard Cook and Brian Morton answer these and a myriad other questions in The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD—the most comprehensive critical guide to jazz recordings available. Updated with revised artists' entries and thousands of additional CDs, the fourth edition includes:

* listings for over 10,000 discs
* musical and biographical details
* full line-ups
* accurate label and number details
* authoritative critical ratings

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140515213
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/29/2003
Edition description: 6TH
Pages: 1744
Product dimensions: 6.72(w) x 8.98(h) x 2.52(d)

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The Penguin Guide to Jazz 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Using this guide I built a Jazz on CD collection which I started in 1992 and numbers over 300. From Miles to Monk every CD was rated correctly. 5 star CDs were every bit 5 stars; 3 were 3s. This is the best tool available today. Far better than the AMG to Jazz (which I also own).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply a must have - this guide is an endless supply of wonderful information for both people new to jazz and for intense hobbyists. I've rarely been grossly misled by the evaluations, but face it: the review aspect of this book is built on the opinions of the authors, and as such any buyer must ultimately take responsibility for any CD purchase he or she makes. In other words, this book is what it says it is: a guide. Use it to stimulate your curiousity - there is no better book of it's kind on the market.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has served as a faithful companion for me, both as teacher and expert guide. I bought the first edition years ago and have continued to faithfully add each edition to my collection. Despite what the review below states, I have never found a more thorough or knowledgeable guide to jazz. It is heavily relied upon by some of the best jazz shops in the country. You will NEVER find a better jazz guide than this.