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The third edition of the Rough Guide to Jazz has over 2,100 critical biographies, ranging from greats like Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis to rising stars like Stacey Kent and Jamie Cullum. As well as outlining every artist''s career, each entry concludes with recommendations of the best of their recordings on CD. The guide includes many illustrations by top jazz photographers.
Download The Rough Guide to Jazz 3 (Rough Guide Reference) epub
ISBN: 1843532565
ISBN13: 978-1843532569
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Author: Rough Guides
Language: English
Publisher: Rough Guides; Revised, Expanded edition (July 19, 2004)
Pages: 944 pages
ePUB size: 1875 kb
FB2 size: 1772 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 127
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A great guide to the major jazz artists - I only wish that there was one that was more up to date
i bought rough guide to soul for myself last year and couldn't put it down. so i am going out on a limb by glorifying rough guide to jazz so readily. but i feel safe in this.

and i hope my dad really likes it--it was his birthday gift this year!

guess what? he liked it!!!
This is a fine guide indeed - it covers more non-US artists than some other notable editions (European, Azian, African artists...) and it really tries to keep up with recent developments in jazz.

Naturally, all that means that traditionalists might desire larger articles on (mostly American) true jazz giants of the classical era, but that's just a matter of personal taste.

Some of the articles are impressionistic, unneceserily pointing out that an artist didn't play so well when he wisited Europe few years before he died, but failing to say why precisly was he so great, but most of the articles are (in the worst cases) fine, written with real passion for the music, and often relying on serious research.

As a fan (primarily but not exclusively) of older jazz I'd like to point to the articles on Buddy Bolden and ODJB, where the influence of this all-white group's influence on British society is comparable to the influence of later punk musicians (!?).

So, this book is not only interesting and useful, it is also thought-provoking.
I have read this book cover to cover several times by now, so I have a few opinions. Like another reviewer said, the entries for artists of the same caliber are very disproportunate. There is also a shortage of biographical info on some of the people. The mental breakdowns of Bud Powell and Billy Bolden are well documented, but no mention is made of the fact of Jaco Pastorious' breakdown and death (he's even talked about in the present tense). Here's my main gripe: while their choices for essential albums are mostly right on - though they only recommend ONE JOHN ZORN CD - at least 60-70% of the CDs they recommend are out of print and ridiculously expensive, or on import labels. I underlined quite a few that I wanted in the book and went looking on Amazon for them. It's enough to make you cry. And I don't know about you, but I automatically skip the entries on British musicians. I just don't care about British jazz. There's too much good American stuff for me to dig into. So, all in all - the book is good if you're dipping your toe into the pool, but if you've been wading in here for awhile, you might be disappointed.
This is a brilliant guide. It is well written and the authours write generously and intelligently about the artists covered. They tend to dwell on positives, and focus on the best music in an artist's career. There is none of the snobbery you get from many jazz critics. The writers are all professional musicians and have great taste. Unlike the Penguin Guide and All Music Guides, I usually like the music they recommend.

Their views on Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea seem spot on. I thought I was the only person in the world who thought Arbour Zena and Three Quartets, were respective highpoints in each artists career - judging from reviews other guides. Another plus is the space given to younger musicians. All in all, they have done a great service to jazz.

Not surprisingly, the book is very good on the British scene and what is happening on the Babel, Caber and Provocateur labels. The UK is very interesting at the moment, with lots of young exciting players and music.