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All Music Guide to Jazz: The Definitive Guide to Jazz Music [Paperback]

Vladimir Bogdanov , Chris Woodstra , Stephen Thomas Erlewine , Ron Wynn
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5 Dec 2002 All Music Guide to Jazz
Now in its fourth edition, the All Music Guide to Jazz has been fully updated to cover the latest new releases, plus notable reissues and compilations. This entertaining, easy-to-use reference reviews and rates more than 18,000 top recordings by over 1,700 musicians in all jazz styles and eras - from New Orleans jazz to swing, bebop, cool, hard bop, Latin jazz, fusion, and beyond. Colorful profiles sketch out the artists' lives and careers, while anecdotal histories portray selected jazz legends in depth. Fifty "music maps" chart the evolution of jazz instruments, plus the influence of significant players, vocalists, and sidemen. Providing historical essays on styles plus details on record labels, producers, venues, and more, the definitive All Music Guide to Jazz helps readers start or fine-tune a first-rate jazz collection.

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  • Paperback: 1400 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books; 4th Revised edition edition (5 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087930717X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879307172
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.7 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 841,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vladimir Bogdanov is president of All Media Guide (AMG); Chris Woodstra is AMG vice president of content development; Stephen Thomas Erlewine is AMG director of content, popular music.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Guide Available 8 May 2006
This book covers the whole range of styles in Jazz, with specialist essays on individual areas, and 'family trees' of the key players in Jazz history.

It is more comprehensive than any other volume I have found. The only area I have any critisism of it is in its coverage of European and British Jazz where (as I assume its an American publication) it is a little poor. For this reason it only gets 4 stars. In all other respects this book will keep you entertained for hours and hours. An essential Jazz reference volume to own.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far and away the best guide to Jazz in print. 8 Jan 2004
Massive, comprehensive, and thankfully not blinkered to CD-only releases unlike the now poor-relation Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. An absolute goldmine of reviews, essays and charts, I find myself continually revelling in reading up on the albums and artists as I listen to the music. This book will enhance your listening pleasure enourmously - the cheapest upgrade you can get for your HiFi!
Only the Rough Guide scores over it on one area: artists' biographies. The AMG is weak only here, whereas the others are simply weak in comparison.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 29 April 2010
A very good book for everyone who enjoys Jazz or wants to start to ear some.
Unfortunately is very hard to find it at a reasonable price... but it's possible.
I think that all of the potential buyers of this book are waiting for the 5th Edition, so it's just about time for that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book but Penguin's is better 21 Nov 2003
By James D. Hasitngs - Published on
This is a well done book that fulfills most of what you would buy it for: Exhaustive inventories of Jazz albums with relative ratings and many reviews.
However, a few things would make me suggest the Penguin Guide over it (I own both):
1-ARTIST INDEX / Personell listing: the single greatest reason to get Penguin instead of the AMG is that every listing contains a complete personell listing at the top of the entry. Then the index in the back refers to the personell on albums. The AMG may list personell in the review, and indexes artists by any mention of them whether they are on an album or not. Penguin's version is much better for Jazz, where an artist's best work may be on someone else's album. Using the Penguin, you can look up every album Jack DeJohnette has played on as a sideman, just by flipping to the page numbers listed. In the AMG you have to wade through reviews (and many albums don't have reviews) which may just compare Jack's style with whoever is drumming on the record being reviewed.
2- Not every album is reviewed. Many albums are left only with ratings and no commentary whatsoever, which can be frustrating if you are wondering whether to buy a specific album. WHY did something get the rating it did is more important than the rating itself.
3- Consistency: The Penguin guide is written and judged by 2 men. As you go through it, you learn their biases and can glean more information about whether you'd like an album even if they give it a low score.
4- Mistakes. There are several mistakes in the AMG. For example, calling Speak Like A Child Herbie Hancock's last album for Bluenote a paragraph after reviewing the Prisoner.
To be fair though, there are advantages to the AMG:
1- The Penguin Guide limits itself to CDs out at the time it is published. This means you are SOL if you buy vinyl or used cds that have since gone out of print or if an album is rereleased after the Penguin Guide date. I think the AMG lists all albums whether they are currently in print as CD or not.
2- Tutorials. The AMG has essays in the back describing the many genres and time periods of jazz. In the body of the text are nice charts of the evolution of individual of instruments, from Saxophone to Bagpipes. Interesting though not vital if you are already into the music enough to need a definitive listing of albums.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this one first 5 Feb 2004
By Chris - Published on
In addition to this great book, I own the Penguin guide and the Rough guide and all three are very worthwhile (see my other reviews). In my opinion this is the one you should buy first as it includes numerous essays and lists about jazz music styles, instrument types and musicians that the other two guides do not. These features are a really useful guide to knowing where to start with jazz. This guide also appears to have the largest number of reviews. The reviews in the AMG seem a bit more generous and open-minded than those in the more conservative Penguin guide. I suspect that this is because you are getting the opinions of a larger number of reviewers, with a wider range of tastes. In summary, this is probably the most useful of all of the three guides that I have.
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AMG All Music Guide to Jazz 4th ed. 6 Dec 2002
By Robert Ehrlich - Published on
The AMG guide is a major resource for anyone interested in jazz at any level. They claim that over 20,000 recordings are reviewed and I believe them! The reviews and articles are excellent. However to publish this new edition and keep the page-count constant with the 3rd, they have reduced the size of the type. It can be read if one has normal sight--but with difficulty. Older readers might well need a magnifying glass.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best 13 Aug 2004
By Indiana - Published on
I never go into a jazz store without the book or notes from the book in hand. It has rarely steered me wrong in ten years of use. Don't believe me. Just look up an artist you have several selections by already and see how close their observations are to your own. The book is in plain english but with smart reviews that do not seem preachy yet make the point. The whole AMG series is fine but the jazz one is great especially if you are building your tastes or collection.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beats Penquin Hands Down 24 Nov 2003
By "sprachnroll" - Published on
This is THE resource for jazz record buying as it is far more comprehensive than any alternative. I take it with me to used vinyl stores because unlike any other guide, it attempts to include all major releases by an artist, not the ones that happen to be in print. On top of that, each artist and each release is considered in context, unlike the Penquin Guide, which attempts to apply a pecking order to artists based on their perceived "significance."
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