The Penguin Jazz Guide

The Penguin Jazz Guide

The History of the Music in the 1,001 Best Albums

Book - 2011
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Offers a chronologically arranged survey of jazz recordings, including biographical details and lineups.
Publisher: London : Penguin, c2011.
ISBN: 9780141048314
014104831X
Call Number: 781.65 MORTON
Characteristics: xxxii, 730 p. ; 24 cm
Subjects: Jazz -- History and criticism.
Jazz -- Discography.
Additional Contributors: Cook, Richard 1957-2007.
Alternative Title: Jazz guide

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RainbowRabbit
Feb 17, 2013

The new format of the Penguin Jazz Guide is a bit of a disappointment. They have cut half of the length of the book, and reformatted it mostly chronologically. Skillful one-page essays herald each decade of music. What this gives up is the attempt to give thorough overviews of the top jazz musicians. Major artists are represented by two to three albums, as if Sgt. Pepper was all you needed to know about the Beatles. The reviews themselves are mostly identical to content that has existed before -what they kept anyway, with some updates for albums released since the prior volume. Nor are these the 'best' albums of the individual musicians. Sometimes they include an album which they had previously allotted three stars, but ignore another by the same artist which they had previously allotted four stars or even four crowns, their ultimate accolade. Thus, for anyonew with a fairly recent Penguin Guide, I say Keep your old guide. Maybe new aficionados will get something out of this.

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