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This review is from: The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1001 Best Albums (Paperback)
The low rating is not for the book itself which is not bad, maybe two and a half stars, but for the fact that it replaces the eagerly awaited 10th Edition of The Penguin Guide To Jazz Recordings, by far the best jazz guide out there. I use the 9th Edition continuously - if I hear a track by, say, Simon Nabotov and I want authoritative recommendations as to which of his CDs to buy (and not buy) there's nowhere better. Please Penguin, publish the 10th Edition asap. The book under review falls between two stools - too much obscure music for the neophyte and nowhere near enough detail for the seasoned jazz fan. And as has been said elsewhere, the lack of an index is completely insane. Arghh!
Here's what we need:
Every year or maybe every two years a new edition of the Guide with reviews of what's been issued recently, plus "core collection" reviews, and an online archive with ALL reviews from all editions of the Guide. Access to the online archive would be provided with purchase of the book. Wouldn't that be nice?
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Initial post: 30 Dec 2010, 23:14:41 GMT
WT Mitchell says:
not only the lack of an index but also an indication of running times is almost essential,I'm fed up with 45 minutes on re-issues when there is 79 minutes space available on cd's..wtm
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