The Rough Guide to Jazz Paperback – 30 Mar 2000
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Written by musicians, Jazz: The Rough Guide contains more than 1,600 biographies, from Ahmed Abdul-Malik to Axel Zwingenberger. In addition to profiling a broad spectrum of jazz musicians (both famous and lesser-known composers and performers), it clarifies crucial jazz issues, gives historical perspective, and also serves as a buyer's guide, with discographies and pithy reviews of representative recordings. The Guide's alphabetical, encyclopaedic organisation makes it useful as a dependable jazz reference, and it's wonderfully browsable too, illustrated with fine classic black-and-white photographs (of performers such as Jelly Roll Morton and his Red Hot Peppers)and beautifully written. A good starter text for jazz neophytes, the CD suggestions are a great help toward custom-building your jazz library. There's also a fine glossary that explains a cappella and acid jazz, Afro-Latin, airshot, and atonality. It's a safe source of education if you're ignorant about ballads, bebop, or B-flat. It's useful for learning about major jazz styles (Chicago, Dixieland, and dirty, Kansas City, ragtime, and scat), plus musical concepts such as harmony, improvisation, and tempo. Concise, accessible, and addictive and readable, Jazz: The Rough Guide is a great introduction to the world of jazz. --Stephanie Gold. This text refers to an earlier edition of this title.
If you want to talk knowledgeably, this is the book for you. -- Jazz FM, London, UK
Pithy insights make the rough guide to jazz a good read. -- Jazz FM, London, UK
Reflects both the changing nature of jazz and the personal engagement of the contributors, enhancing the book's undoubted vigour and authority. -- BBC Music Magazine, London, UK
The book most of us will turn to first...the long-established market-leading single volume...handsomely updated...No other book combines well-researched background, clear prose and musicianly update in quite such a readable and reliable way...the best collection of snapshot career summaries currently available. -- Jazzwise, June 2000
Written by musicians rather than musicologists - and it shows! -- Jazz FM, London, UK
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Definitive, indispensable. Have had a copy for years and have never tired of reading it.
Includes really good recommendations for albums.
if you wish to dig deep into 2,000 jazz musicians (with many so obscure - as a fan i've not heard of many) , printed in small hard to read text with few markers as to a top 100 recordings might be - feel free..
for me this admittedly extensive guide is fine for total jazz heads but first timers or even part time jazz fans - AVOID . Similarly - the Penguin gude to jazz is fine if you konow ecatly what musician you're looking for but again not if you want a wider overview of the key players. there;s simply not enough wider information to give the reader any help . i'd recommend the Jazz Handbook (longman publishing) from 1987 which gives excellent broad overview of both the history as well as key cd recordings from its origins through swing ,big band thru 60 free jazz up to '87.
i know my jazz in the wider historical context, but the "rough guide to jazz" is simply a hard read. the 2000 edition is also sparse on the contemporary horn men i feel such as Brotzmann, David s Ware, Steve Coleman et al get barely 3 cd reviews each. even Coltrane is sparsely reviewed, compared to Miles..
ok but not an essential buy.