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Not quite as expected,
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This book is a great disappointment. I had seen glowing reviews, in particular about the section devoted to European Jazz, a much neglected area in jazz reference works. Although the section was well written, there were far too many generalistions for my taste.
The book would probably do well in the coffee table market, but I can not see it being much help to the enthusiast.
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Initial post: 5 Jul 2011 09:26:34 BDT
William Burn says:
The book runs to a pretty weighty 846 pages and includes sixty chapters that cover jazz from pretty much every conceivable angle. Hence there is necessarily a limit on how much detail can be included. If you want a detailed analysis of European Jazz, buy a book about European Jazz. Don't criticise this volume for not being something it never pretended to be.
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