All Music Guide to Jazz

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All Music Guide to JazzAll Music Guide to Jazz_table_caption_0
AuthorAll Music Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_0_0 Vladimir Bogdanov

Chris Woodstra Stephen Thomas ErlewineAll Music Guide to Jazz_cell_0_0_1

LanguageAll Music Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_1_0 EnglishAll Music Guide to Jazz_cell_0_1_1
SeriesAll Music Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_2_0 All Music Guide to...All Music Guide to Jazz_cell_0_2_1
SubjectAll Music Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_3_0 JazzAll Music Guide to Jazz_cell_0_3_1
GenreAll Music Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_4_0 Non-fiction

Encyclopedic ReferenceAll Music Guide to Jazz_cell_0_4_1

PublisherAll Music Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_5_0 Backbeat BooksAll Music Guide to Jazz_cell_0_5_1
Publication dateAll Music Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_6_0 November 27, 2002 (4th)All Music Guide to Jazz_cell_0_6_1
Media typeAll Music Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_7_0 PaperbackAll Music Guide to Jazz_cell_0_7_1
PagesAll Music Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_8_0 1,400All Music Guide to Jazz_cell_0_8_1
ISBNAll Music Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_9_0 0-87930-717-XAll Music Guide to Jazz_cell_0_9_1
OCLCAll Music Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_10_0 All Music Guide to Jazz_cell_0_10_1
Dewey DecimalAll Music Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_11_0 781.65/0266 21All Music Guide to Jazz_cell_0_11_1
LC ClassAll Music Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_12_0 ML156.4.J3 A45 2002All Music Guide to Jazz_cell_0_12_1

All Music Guide to Jazz is a non-fiction book that is an encyclopedic referencing of jazz music compiled under the direction of All Media Guide. All Music Guide to Jazz_sentence_0

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). All Music Guide to Jazz_sentence_1

The book's fourth edition was released on November 27, 2002, and was edited by Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra and Stephen Thomas Erlewine. All Music Guide to Jazz_sentence_2

Content All Music Guide to Jazz_section_0

The book's back cover touts that the book contains ratings for close to 20,000 albums and 1,700 musician biographies. All Music Guide to Jazz_sentence_3

Artists are listed alphabetically and include some of the following: birth and death dates, classification (vocals, guitar, drums, etc.), a biography, a discography. All Music Guide to Jazz_sentence_4

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. All Music Guide to Jazz_sentence_5

These reviews are done by "respected critics" from Jazz Times and Coda. All Music Guide to Jazz_sentence_6

There are also thirty essays on different styles along with "top lists" and extensive charts on the evolution/lineage of the jazz. All Music Guide to Jazz_sentence_7

Reception All Music Guide to Jazz_section_1

Writing for the now defunct website Jazz Review, Mark E. Gallo described it as "the quintessential jazz encyclopedia." All Music Guide to Jazz_sentence_8

All About Jazz called it "a must-have reference for anyone interested in the world of recorded jazz past and present." All Music Guide to Jazz_sentence_9

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." All Music Guide to Jazz_sentence_10

Also, previous versions have also relied heavily on few reviews to comment on many albums, which "tends to weaken" the book. All Music Guide to Jazz_sentence_11

The added features are welcomed, since they give readers a "close-up view of the artists" within the jazz culture. All Music Guide to Jazz_sentence_12

The essays in particular are "exceptionally well researched and written". All Music Guide to Jazz_sentence_13

See also All Music Guide to Jazz_section_2

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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.