Outstanding. Just that. This is probably the best book on music I've ever read. It is a collection of very consistently good essays on all aspects of jazz guitar: key players, key movements like bebop, deconstructionism, European jazz...the book more than delivers what it's subtitle promises - the story of the players and their music. There is so much here on the development of jazz and how the guitar as an instrument contributed to it. And you will find essays on Charlie Christian as well as extended and really interesting accounts of artists like Marc Ribot. For me this book is indispensible.
Excellent book, well written and prepared with great chapters about each major guitarist as well as those who are not so well known. Charles Alexander has done an outstanding job constructing, editing, as well as making excellent contributions to this book. The accompanying CD is okay but does not feature the leading guitarists unlike his excellent series for BBC Radio.
I really enjoyed this book. If you want an overview of jazz guitar styles, when they developed and a who's who of jazz guitarists, this is the book to buy. No playing tips in it, just a very good history of jazz guitar and the player that defined new styles as the music developed.