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The Rough Guide to Jazz 2 (Rough Guide Music Guides) Paperback – March 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Rough Guide Music Guides
  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 2 Sub edition (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858285283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858285283
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...the best collection of snapshot career summaries currently available. -- Jazzwise, June 2000

Pithy insights make the rough guide to jazz a good read. -- Jazz FM, London, UK

Probably the best single-volume jazz encyclopaedia around. -- Straight No Chaser, UK

Reflects both the changing nature of jazz and the personal engagement of the contributors... -- BBC Music Magazine, London, UK

Written by musicians rather than musicologists - and it shows! -- Jazz FM, London, UK

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By N. Dorward on September 4, 2002
This volume has been around under various titles & editions for several decades; essentially what it does is serve as a continuation of Leonard Feather's essential encyclopedias of jazz in the 1960s and 1970s, since the format & aims are roughly the same. Like Feather's books, this book is an alphabetical listing of musicians, both well-known leaders and underrecognized sidemen who rarely get more than passing references in other books on jazz. The text is peppered with often excellent photos. There is also a useful appendix of a glossary of terms--really, these are highly idiosyncratic & polemical miniessays on terms like "blues", "swing", "fusion" &c--they're usually very entertaining though sometimes a little dubious or debatably accurate.
It's probably not coincidence that two of the most useful companions to jazz are by British authors--besides this volume I'm thinking of course of the Cook/Morton _Penguin Guide_. The nonAmerican perspective permits some distance from stylistic wars (between mainstream and avantgarde jazz, between jazz and fusion, &c) & also means that both books pay a lot more attention to jazz from Europe and other continents.
That said, just like Cook/Morton, this book does have its quirks, & while I mostly find Cook & Morton's quirks charming, the oddities here get on my nerves a bit more. The principal authors here are an odd lot. Trumpeter Digby Fairweather handles early jazz & swing, & British trad--these are some of the most enjoyable entries in the book, as he communicates his enthusiasm for even half-forgotten figures via pithy character-sketches & anecdotes.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chris on November 19, 2003
The Rough guide doesn't compete with the Penguin jazz guide for the sheer number of reviews, but it does make for a great comparison. I usually go to the Penguin guide first and then cross check against the Rough guide. There is certainly a different feel between the two books and what they list as important. The rough guide is more contemporary in my opinion, with fewer hang-ups about what jazz is and which albums are worthwhile. Having both books is a good way to go and a good way to learn.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 26, 2000
The Rough Guide has been an essential component to anyone's jazz library, but the rapidly evolving face of the music had made the previous edition seem dated in just a few short years. Fortunately, the editors have given this superb revision, which gives space to some current jazz innovators, such as Chris Potter and Dave Douglas. They've also made successful attempts to cover figures not granted attention in the previous version, namely Bela Fleck, Al Di Meola, and Marcus Miller. Other entries get beefed up a little. For instance, Dave Holland's discography is expanded to include his current "Prime Directive."
Already important, this revised version is much more concise and current--highly recommended.
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8 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Larry on November 21, 2000
Once again it seems another jazz books of regurgitated titdbits has forgotten most of the woman in jazz. True Ella, Sarah, Billie, Carmen and the likes are here -- but for the most part this is a good ol' boys jazz review book. Was also VERY disappointed to note that their selected discography hasn't changed much since the last edition
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