All Music Guide to Jazz

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. 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).[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
The cover of the fourth edition of the All Music Guide to Jazz.
AuthorVladimir Bogdanov
Chris Woodstra
Stephen Thomas Erlewine
SeriesAll Music Guide to...
PublisherBackbeat Books
Publication date
November 27, 2002 (4th)
Media typePaperback
781.65/0266 21
LC ClassML156.4.J3 A45 2002


The book's back cover touts that the book contains ratings for close to 20,000 albums and 1,700 musician biographies. Artists are listed alphabetically and include some of the following: birth and death dates, classification (vocals, guitar, drums, etc.), a biography, a discography. 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. These reviews are done by "respected critics" from Jazz Times and Coda.[2]

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


Writing for the now defunct website Jazz Review, Mark E. Gallo described it as "the quintessential jazz encyclopedia."[3] All About Jazz called it "a must-have reference for anyone interested in the world of recorded jazz past and present."[2] 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."[4] Also, previous versions have also relied heavily on few reviews to comment on many albums, which "tends to weaken" the book.[4]

The added features are welcomed, since they give readers a "close-up view of the artists" within the jazz culture.[2] The essays in particular are "exceptionally well researched and written".[3]

See also


  1. ^ Ron Wynn, ed. (1994), All Music Guide to Jazz, M. Erlewine, V. Bogdanov, San Francisco: Miller Freeman, ISBN 0-87930-308-5
  2. ^ a b c "Review at". Archived from the original on 2005-09-05. Retrieved 2006-12-20.
  3. ^ a b Mark E. Gallo. "Featured Book: All Music Guide to Jazz, 4th Edition". Archived from the original on 2006-10-19. Retrieved 2006-12-21.
  4. ^ a b Greg Mittag. "All the Jazz That's Fit to Print: A guide to guides to jazz recordings". Retrieved 2006-12-21.

AllMusic (previously known as All Music Guide and AMG) is an online music database. It catalogs more than 3 million album entries and 30 million tracks, as well as information on musical artists and bands. It launched in 1991, predating the World Wide Web.

Blue Serge

Blue Serge is an album by jazz baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff, and released by Capitol Records in 1956. It was recorded on March 14 and 16, 1956 at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, California.

Brown Rice (album)

Brown Rice, reissued as Don Cherry, is a studio album recorded in 1975 by trumpeter Don Cherry.

Buddy Terry

Edlin "Buddy" Terry (born January 30, 1941) is an American jazz musician and alto/tenor sax player. He was born in Newark, New Jersey. In the 1960s and 1970s Terry made albums for Prestige Records and Mainstream Records. He played with the group Swingadelic from 2000 to 2010.

Cadence (magazine)

Cadence: The Independent Journal of Creative Improvised Music is a quarterly review of jazz, blues and improvised music. The magazine covers a range of styles, from early jazz and blues to the avant-garde. Critic and historian Bob Rusch founded the magazine as a monthly in 1976 and served as publisher and coordinating editor through 2011. Musician David Haney became editor and publisher in 2012.

Cool jazz

Cool jazz is a style of modern jazz music that arose in the United States after World War II. It is characterized by relaxed tempos and lighter tone, in contrast to the fast and complex bebop style. Cool jazz often employs formal arrangements and incorporates elements of classical music. Broadly, the genre refers to a number of post-war jazz styles employing a more subdued approach than that found in other contemporaneous jazz idioms. As Paul Tanner, Maurice Gerow, and David Megill suggest "the tonal sonorities of these conservative players could be compared to pastel colors, while the solos of [Dizzy] Gillespie and his followers could be compared to fiery red colors."The term cool started being applied to this music around 1953, when Capitol Records released the album Classics in Jazz: Cool and Quiet. Mark C. Gridley, writing in the All Music Guide to Jazz, identifies four overlapping sub-categories of cool jazz:

"Soft variants of bebop," including the Miles Davis recordings that constitute Birth of the Cool; the complete works of the Modern Jazz Quartet; the output of Gerry Mulligan, especially his work with Chet Baker and Bob Brookmeyer; the music of Stan Kenton's sidemen during the late 1940s through the 1950s; and the works of George Shearing and Stan Getz.

The output of modern players who eschewed bebop in favor of advanced swing-era developments, including Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz, and Warne Marsh; Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond; and performers such as Jimmy Giuffre and Dave Pell who were influenced by Count Basie and Lester Young's small-group music.

Musicians from either of the previous categories who were active in California from the 1940s through the 1960s, developing what came to be known as West Coast jazz.

"Exploratory music with a subdued effect by Teddy Charles, Chico Hamilton, John LaPorta, and their colleagues during the 1950s."

Crystals (Sam Rivers album)

Crystals is an album by Sam Rivers released by Impulse! Records in 1974 in a stereo/quadraphonic format.

Enlightenment (McCoy Tyner album)

Enlightenment is a live album by jazz pianist McCoy Tyner released on the Milestone label. It was recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on July 7, 1973 and features Tyner in performance with Azar Lawrence, Joony Booth and Alphonse Mouzon.

Evidence Music

Evidence Music is an American jazz and blues record label founded in 1992 by Howard Rosen and Jerry Gordon. The label's name comes from a song by Thelonious Monk.

The label's first releases were reissues of Sun Ra. The catalogue also includes Nat Adderley, Art Blakey, Gil Evans, Pharoah Sanders, and blues musicians Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, and Big Joe Turner.Evidence has reissued music from Bethlehem Records, Black and Blue, and Theresa.

In Your Own Sweet Way

"In Your Own Sweet Way" is a 1955 jazz standard, and one of the most famous compositions by Dave Brubeck. It was written around 1952, but its copyright notice was dated 1955. Brubeck's wife Iola, for whom the song was written, later wrote a lyric for the song, which led to singers such as Carmen McRae recording it. Although an earlier live recording is known, "In Your Own Sweet Way" was first released on Brubeck's 1956 studio album Brubeck Plays Brubeck.

Kokopelli Records

Kokopelli Records was a record label established by jazz flautist Herbie Mann and Jim Geisler in 1994. Other than Mann's recordings, Kokopelli releases included David "Fathead" Newman, Jimmy Rowles, and April Barrows. Mann had previously established Embryo Records while working for Atlantic Records.

List of cool jazz and West Coast jazz musicians

List of cool jazz and West Coast jazz musicians and vocalists.

Louis Armstrong Hot Five and Hot Seven Sessions

The Louis Armstrong Hot Five and Hot Seven Sessions were recorded between 1925 and 1928 by Louis Armstrong with his Hot Five and Hot Seven groups. According to the National Recording Registry, "Louis Armstrong was jazz's first great soloist and is among American music's most important and influential figures. These sessions, his solos in particular, set a standard musicians still strive to equal in their beauty and innovation." These recordings were added to the National Recording Registry in 2002, the first year of the institution's existence.

Ron Wynn and Bruce Boyd Raeburn, writing for the All Music Guide to Jazz, note that "these recordings radically altered jazz's focus; instead of collective playing, Armstrong's spectacular instrumental (and vocal) improvisations redefined the music." Armstrong helped popularize scat singing in "Heebie Jeebies," and his solo on "Potato Head Blues" helped establish the stop-time technique in jazz.

Old and New Dreams (1976 album)

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Ron Wynn

Ron Wynn is a music critic, author, former ferryman and AllMusic editor. Wynn was the editor of the first edition of The All Music Guide to Jazz (1994), and from 1993 to 1994 served as the jazz and rap editor of the All Music Guide. Wynn is the former editor of New Memphis Star and the former chief jazz and pop music critic for Bridgeport Post-Telegram and Memphis Commercial Appeal. Wynn has contributed to publications such as Billboard, The Village Voice, Creem, Rock & Roll Disc, Living Blues, The Boston Phoenix, and Rejoice. He is the author of The Tina Turner Story. Wynn has contributed liner notes for numerous albums. His liner notes for The Soul of Country Music received a 1998 Grammy nomination.

Soul jazz

Soul jazz is a development of jazz incorporating strong influences from blues, soul, gospel and rhythm and blues in music for small groups, often an organ trio featuring a Hammond organ.

Thelonious Monk Nonet Live in Paris 1967

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Recorded at "Salle Pleyel", Paris, France, November 3, 1967, Thelonious Monk Nonet Live in Paris is a concert recording of a rare large group that Monk assembled for the European tour, which featured the addition of some of the top horn players in jazz.

Vladimir Bogdanov (editor)

Vladimir Bogdanov is a music critic, author, AllMusic editor and record producer. He is the editor of the fourth edition of the All Music Guide to Jazz (2002), and president of the AllMusic guide series.Bogdanov created the first database for what was then the All Media Group.

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