Whether a hardbop fan or a student uncovering the ropes like myself this book is a fascinating and informative choice. It employs the easy to digest form of dipping in and out, this enables the knowledge to seep in. It covers the crutial events and poeple, everything I've needed to know and more enjoyably than most other reading I've come accross. The contributions are well structed. On the down side, not much but it doesn't venture in to deep or toward any of the lesser known fields, but that may well be speicalist reading anyway.