Modern jazz recordings reference?
December 26, 2012 3:17 AM Subscribe
Which book should I buy to replace the (non-existent) 10th edition of "The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings"?
posted by avysk to Media & Arts (1 answer total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I own both the 7th and the 8th editions of "The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings" by Richard Cook and Brian Morton and I am very pleased by those. The 8th edition was published in 2006, and recently I decided to update it to the more modern edition. To my dismay I discovered that after the 9th edition the book is effectively discontinued, replaced by mere 768 pages of "The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1001 Best Albums". That book, according to Amazon reviews (which give it less than 2 stars out of five), is no longer encyclopaedic, lacks the index, does not list performers in alphabetic order and is useless as a reference.
Is there any other book which I can buy? I'd like it to be:
- useful as a reference,
- cover at least 2004-2010 period,
- resemble "The Penguin Guide" as much as possible, :)
- for XX century recordings I can use the old books so a book with XXI century jazz only will do fine.