Jazz guide book

allmusic guide to jazz

Thirty-six albums are reviewed and the recommended albums make both jazz and consumer sense. If, on the other hand, you're already acquainted with the main artists and their classic albums, you'll probably find The Penguin Guide to Jazz a better source and hours of fascinating reading.

Music is constantly being issued and re-issued in various configurations, and that makes "best buys" hard to pin down.

Penguin jazz guide

Parker in fact died within a year of these sides. TL;DR: An essential although maybe not definitive read for anyone with more than a passing interest in the genre. The right size for the number of pages nearly eight hundred , it rests in the hand comfortably and lies open at any page. A former NME journalist whose wit and honesty made him one of the most reliable assessors of jazz music's many transitions and tributaries, Cook wrote much of the core of the book, which the legendary American jazz writer Nat Hentoff called his "bible". For all the Guide's erudition, though, there's none of the snootiness or secretive elitism of the jazz buff who thinks that if you don't somehow know it all by osmosis you're a musical heathen. If, however, you would like to read a black American critic on a black American art form, then the All Music Guide to Jazz is the only choice. The entire available output of any given artist was listed, from the masterpieces to the outright stinkers. Always evolving! Two extra features, author's picks crowns and "core collections", were added to succeeding editions.

Two other albums listed here are very weak and should be avoided. Richard Cook's collaborator Brian Morton had to take on this gargantuan task on his own afterand says that he often finds himself still "listening on Richard's behalf … I've tried to continue reviewing in his spirit and to preserve the Guide's unique sense of a single voice, arguing with itself.

guide to jazz albums

Previous editions indexed every musician featured in the book, right down to the humblest of sidemen. Often a number of discs were reviewed together. If, however, you would like to read a black American critic on a black American art form, then the All Music Guide to Jazz is the only choice.

The entire available output of any given artist was listed, from the masterpieces to the outright stinkers. Each disc was given a rating of up to four stars and details of its label and catalogue number, musicians featured on the disc, month and year of the recording or the span of time in which the tracks were recorded and finally a review of varying length.

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