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4.0 out of 5 stars large colourful informative guide to jazz etc, 8 Jan. 2014
This review is from: A Century of Jazz (Paperback)
a recent charity shop (rather than my usual amazon direct purchases) bargain buy as a 20 years plus big fan of arguably the USA's most enduring musical export - ie jazz. this chunky pretty large (approx.10"x8") colour as well as b+w, illustrated softback book offers a visually rathter than textually appealing guide to both newcomers as well as established fans of all of the various strands of what we call jazz, but also blues, funk, acid-jazz.

this version published by Hamlyn and written by Roy Carr (not the trumpeter / jazz fanatic Ian Carr alas) is an informative initial starter guide to jazz since its origins in 1900s to late 1990s fusion/m-base jazz strains. vocal , big bands, bee bop, new thing and also euro free also , are also covered with large colourful pages heavy on excellent album cover artworks and illustrartions of most of jazz's main players and figure heads through the years. short on in depth analysis or essential recordings it may be (try the Penguin guides for that perhaps) BUT a real eye-candy treat for those looking for an attractive fairly good history of this most vibrant of musical forms.

recommended - particularly for the many excellent photos and quality colour repros of album artworks. at less than £10 to your door - highly recommended.
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