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A great compendium of early to mid fifties jazz!
on September 7, 2005
This gets three stars due to its lack of material dealing with the current scene. The stuff on the fifties and and earlier is the main focus of this book, with some excellent discussion of particular players. It is Amerocentric, I guess thats understandable as jazz is an American idiom, but there is a lot of great jazz in Europe and Japan too.
Perhaps a better title woudl have been "The Oxford Companion to classic American Jazz."