All Music Guide to Jazz
Chris Woodstra Stephen Thomas Erlewine
|Series||All Music Guide to...|
|Publication date||November 27, 2002 (4th)|
|Dewey Decimal||781.65/0266 21|
|LC Class||ML156.4.J3 A45 2002|
The first edition, All Music Guide to Jazz: the Best CDs, Albums & Tapes, appeared in 1994 and was edited by Ron Wynn with Michael Erlewine and Vladimir Bogdanov (head of the All Music Guide book series).
The discography listings include a five star rating, the music label it was released on, and the date as well as possibly reviews of certain albums.
Writing for the now defunct website Jazz Review, Mark E. Gallo described it as "the quintessential jazz encyclopedia."
All About Jazz called it "a must-have reference for anyone interested in the world of recorded jazz past and present."
Previous to this version, when albums weren't reviewed on five star scale, there was some confusion, but "in the long run what the editors have to say is more important than any rating scale."
Also, previous versions have also relied heavily on few reviews to comment on many albums, which "tends to weaken" the book.
The added features are welcomed, since they give readers a "close-up view of the artists" within the jazz culture.
The essays in particular are "exceptionally well researched and written".
Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All Music Guide to Jazz.