The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings is firmly established as the world's leading guide to recorded jazz, a mine of fascinating information and a source of insightful - often wittily trenchant - criticism. This is something rather different: Brian Morton (who taught American history at UEA) has picked out the 1000 best recordings that all jazz fans should have and shows how they tell the history of the music and with it the history of the twentieth century. He has completely revised his and Richard Cook's entries and reassessed each artist's entry for this book. The result is an endlessly browsable companion that will prove required reading for aficionados and jazz novices alike.
Praise for The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD:
'Part jazz history, part jazz Kama Sutra with Cook and Morton as the knowledgeable, urbane, wise and witty guides ... One of the great books of recorded jazz; the other guides don't come close' Irish Times
'The leader in its field ... If you own only one book on jazz, it really should be this one' International Record Review
'Indispensable and incomparable'NME