The Penguin Guide to Jazz

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The Penguin Guide to JazzThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_table_caption_0
AuthorThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_0_0 Richard Cook

Brian MortonThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_cell_0_0_1

Original titleThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_1_0 The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, LP and CassetteThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_cell_0_1_1
CountryThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_2_0 United KingdomThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_cell_0_2_1
LanguageThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_3_0 EnglishThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_cell_0_3_1
SeriesThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_4_0 Penguin GuideThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_cell_0_4_1
SubjectThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_5_0 JazzThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_cell_0_5_1
GenreThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_6_0 Non-fiction

Encyclopedic ReferenceThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_cell_0_6_1

PublisherThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_7_0 Penguin BooksThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_cell_0_7_1
Publication dateThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_8_0 24 September 1992 (1st Edition)

2010 (10th Edition)The Penguin Guide to Jazz_cell_0_8_1

Media typeThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_9_0 PaperbackThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_cell_0_9_1
PagesThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_10_0 1312The Penguin Guide to Jazz_cell_0_10_1
ISBNThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_11_0 978-0-14-015364-4The Penguin Guide to Jazz_cell_0_11_1
OCLCThe Penguin Guide to Jazz_header_cell_0_12_0 The Penguin Guide to Jazz_cell_0_12_1

The Penguin Guide to Jazz is a reference work containing an encyclopedic directory of jazz recordings on CD which were (at the time of publication) currently available in Europe or the United States. The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_0

The first nine editions were compiled by Richard Cook and Brian Morton, two chroniclers of jazz resident in the United Kingdom. The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_1

History The Penguin Guide to Jazz_section_0

The first edition was published in Britain by Penguin Books in 1992. The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_2

Every subsequent two years, through 2010, a new edition was published with updated entries. The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_3

The eighth and ninth editions, published in 2006 and 2008, respectively, each included 2,000 new CD listings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_4

The title took on different forms over the lifetime of the work, as audio technology changed. The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_5

The seventh edition was known as The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD while subsequent editions were titled The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_6

The earliest edition had the title The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, LP and Cassette. The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_7

Richard Cook died in 2007, prior to the completion of the 9th edition (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_8

Penguin released The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1001 Best Albums in December 2010, which contains fewer reviews and a different format from previous editions. The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_9

Content The Penguin Guide to Jazz_section_1

In the first nine editions, artists were listed alphabetically and the entries began with short (usually one paragraph) biographies before a comprehensive listing of a musicians' available recordings at that time. The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_10

Each disc was given a rating of up to four stars and details of its label and catalogue number, musicians featured on the disc, month and year of the recording or the span of time in which the tracks were recorded and finally a review of varying length. The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_11

Often a number of discs were reviewed together. The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_12

Two extra features, author's picks (crowns) and "core collections", were added to succeeding editions. The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_13

The first showed entries flagged as personal favorites while the latter made special note of the "more essential" albums for a jazz CD collection. The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_14

John Eyles comments in a review that "the implication is that the choices for crowns are subjective, while the Core Collection is somehow more objective," when in fact both lists are decided upon by the same two editors. The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_15

Bootlegs and limited-edition Mosaic Records releases were excluded. The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_16

Various-artists compilations were reviewed in the first edition but were dropped in later editions. The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_17

Due to the increasing numbers of CDs on the market, space limitations and depth of coverage became an increasing problem: in the 7th edition, for instance, the index was dropped to save space, but it was restored in the 8th edition (though a number of entries were dropped or shortened to make room for it). The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_18

In the tenth edition, titled The Penguin Jazz Guide (2010), Morton revised his and Cook's entries from previous editions, and pared down the content to 1001 reviews of what Morton had selected as the best jazz recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_19

Morton also presented the reviews in chronological order by recording dates, rather than alphabetically by artist, and included historical context for the recordings as well as biographical details. The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_20

The tenth edition also dispensed with the starred rating system, the Core Collection, and Crown accolades. The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_21

Reception The Penguin Guide to Jazz_section_2

Though the first nine editions did not "spring any great surprises," the book "has a tried and trusted formula that works". The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_22

It is also praised as being "of equal value to both experienced jazz listeners and novices." The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_23

Alison Kerr, reviewing the 2010 Penguin Jazz Guide in The Herald, noted the lack of an index as a hindrance, but cited the chronological format as one of the book's strengths. The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_24

Kerr also noted the subjective nature of Morton's selection of the best jazz albums. The Penguin Guide to Jazz_sentence_25

Editions The Penguin Guide to Jazz_section_3

See also The Penguin Guide to Jazz_section_4

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Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Penguin Guide to Jazz.