I came to jazz as an outsider and primarily a listener, so it's inevitable that I will have a different perspective than reviewers closer to the music. But here I also detect the recurrence of widespread biases present in so much other jazz writing. Sometimes I feel jazz writing is like a bad group improvisation where everyone jumps in line behind the first guy to find something. Whatever you do, don't fall prey to the notion that it is wise to make your purchasing or listening decisions based on what you read in the Penguin guide or anywhere else.
Follow your ears, follow your heart, and draw your own conclusions. It's best to listen to the stuff cold and let it speak for itself. That being said, there are some good insights here, and the sheer volume of material that is listed makes it an attractive item, indeed. The Penguin Jazz Guide series is an indespensible reference for anyone who is interested in Jazz.
Throughout the editions I own most of them the editors have kept up the strong review process for most in print jazz albums. A few reasons I really enjoy the PJG -- 1. They list the date the album was issued 2. They list complete personnel for each album 3. They give essential ratings and review information for each album 4.
Over the editions the editors views on certain albums change albums fall in The Penguin Jazz Guide series is an indespensible reference for anyone who is interested in Jazz. Over the editions the editors views on certain albums change albums fall in and out of favor 5.
Non-American jazz is well represented 6. Covers all genres, although smooth jazz does not get much coverage thank goodness Pick up any edition and be prepared to spend hours flipping through the thousands of pages and discovering new music. This book is a monster! This 8th Edition contains over 14, reviews, over 2, new discs added and more than new artists added. The 4 star rating system is clever and I love the addition of the "Core Collection" which tells you which one's should be in your "Core Collection".
A great reference before you buy that next jazz disc and something to pour over for hours. However, I couldn't help but notice that they didn't include Carol Welsman, which has released a few vocal CD's and is fairly This book is a monster!
However, I couldn't help but notice that they didn't include Carol Welsman, which has released a few vocal CD's and is fairly popular at present. I haven't read a book of music reviews since Spin's guide to Alternative Music that came out in the early 90's. I still go back to that thing somehow, it maintains relevance and this one will always be the place I go when I want to find a little out about someone I've heard-of but not yet heard.
Cook and Morton write only the most essential-seeming information. It works, makes me want to listen to more music. It's not the end-all in Jazz music review guides but one of the best and certainly one to include along with Down Beat reviews, and the handy AMG. An essential book for all lovers and prospective lovers of Jazz. I would strongly recommend avoiding any of the most recent editions and instead going for one published the Sixth Edition or earlier, as the later editions have been made into a "Top or fewer Jazz Recordings" format, sacrificing value as a comprehensive guide to the vast majority of noteworthy Jazz artists' recordings in favor of being something that will appeal to more mainstream audiences.
The edition I've selected An essential book for all lovers and prospective lovers of Jazz. The edition I've selected for my review, the Fifth Edition, is my personal favorite I've owned the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth editions at one point or another , containing an incredible number of reviews and amount of information, with the releases grouped together by recording session, giving the reader and, presumably, listener a better understanding of the context of the works.
Richard Cook R. These books--the earlier editions--are becoming more and more expensive as time passes, so I'd suggest picking one up at your earliest convenience. It's unlikely something like this will ever be published again, and this really is one of the best utilities available for anyone with any interest in Jazz.
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