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All Music Guide to Jazz: Fourth Edition Fully Updated

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San Francisco: Now in its fourth edition, the All Music Guide to Jazz: The Definitive Guide to Jazz has been fully updated to cover the latest new releases and reissues, making it a must-have reference for anyone interested in the world of recorded jazz past and present.

Described as extraordinarily valuable for scholars, devotees, and casual listeners alike, by Jazz Notes, the fully updated and expanded All Music Guide to Jazz covers new releases and hundreds of additional recordings and performers. This fourth edition reviews and rates more than 20,000 top recordings by 1,700 musicians, and features expanded listings for important international and experimental musicians.

An easy and enjoyable way to explore this widely varied music genre, the All Music Guide to Jazz helps devotees as well as newcomers distinguish between the many sounds of jazz, understand their origins, and isolate the very best recordings in each style and era.

To assist readers and listeners in that search, the fourth edition of the All Music Guide to Jazz provides incisive reviews of the selected 20,000 top CDs and LPs. Written by respected critics from such publications as JazzTimes and Coda, these reviews help define each recordings position and its artists importance in the world of jazz.

Concise and colorful profiles describe each performers life and career, noting jazz style, principal instrument(s), and top recording in chronological order. Anecdotal histories plus complete discographies explore jazz musicians from legends like Duke Ellington and John Coltrane to such contemporary artists as Cassandra Wilson and Dave Douglas. Readers get a close-up view of the artists who helped share the sound of jazz and its unique culture.

Dozens of music maps chart the development of jazz instruments, influential players, vocalists, and lesser-known sidemen. The All Music Guide to Jazz also includes brief biographies of important jazz producers, recording recommendations for each jazz style, an updated jazz resource directory including labels and mail order sources for rare releases, and more.

Vladimir Bogdanov is president of the All Music Guide (AMG) series; Chris Woodstra is AMG vice president of content development; Stephen Thomas Erlewine is AMG director of content, popular music.

Backbeat Books publishes books for people who are passionate about music, whether as performers or avid fans. Based in San Francisco, Backbeat Books is an imprint of the Music Player Group, which includes Guitar Player, Bass Player, Keyboard, Gig, EQ, MC, and other magazines. The Music Player Group is part of United Entertainment Media, Inc., a CMP Information company.

All Music Guide to Jazz: The Definitive Guide to Jazz
Fourth Edition
Edited by Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, and Stephen Thomas Erlewine.
Price: $32.95
Format: 1,400 pp, softcover, 50 charts, 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
ISBN: 0-87930-717-X
Publication date: November 27, 2002
Distributed to bookstores by Publishers Group West. Bookstores call (800) 788-3123 to order.
Distributed to music stores by Hal Leonard Corp. Music stores call (800) 554-0626 to order.
web: www.backbeatbooks.com

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