- Series: New Grove Dictionary of Jazz
- Hardcover: 1358 pages
- Publisher: St Martins Pr; Reprint edition (October 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312113579
- ISBN-13: 978-0312113575
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 9 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,892,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I liked especially about the dictionary, is its comprehensiveness. Artists from all continents are covered - although musicians from far-flung places (as in not-in-the-USA)are more likely to be missing. On the negative side, you'll find that the book is now out of date when it comes to contemporary musicians.
I have for example compiled a list of all artists born in African, Australia and New Zealand from the book. While a number of well-known musicians are missing, the youngest person on my list was born in 1947 - 55 years ago - not good for a book that was reviewed in 1994. One would suspect that the contemporary jazz renaissance of the 1990s is totally absent.
So in summary, this is a well-written, well edited, good reference source, but badly in need of an update. I would also enjoy more personal details about artists in the next edition.
Also recommended: PENTATONIC SCALES FOR THE JAZZ-ROCK KEYBOARDIST by Jeff Burns