The Rough Guide to Jazz

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Rough Guides, 2004 - Music - 927 pages
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This completely updated and expanded edition of 'The Rough Guide to Jazz' is the essential one-volume guide to the music. Ian Carr, Digby Fairweather and Brian Priestly are practicing musicians and renowned jazz authorities, and they bring their insiders' knowledge to a guide that features - more than 2000 critical biographies, covering the spectrum from such legends as King Oliver, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and John Coltrane to rising stars like Esborn Svensson and Matthew Shipp; reviews of more than 3000 albums, on both CD and vinyl, selecting the top recordings for every key artist; classic photos from the best jazz photographers, including Herman Leonard, Jak Kilby, Raffaella Cavalieri, William Gottlieb and David Redfern.
  

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Ian Carr was born in Dumfries, Scotland on April 21, 1933. He received a degree in English and a teaching certificate from King's College. While there, he began playing the trumpet. After he served in the British Army, he played with numerous jazz groups including the EmCee Five, Rendell/Carr Quintet, and Nucleus. He wrote for several jazz publications, contributed to several jazz reference books and was a consultant for television documentaries about Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett. He also wrote books including Music Outside: Contemporary Jazz in Britain; Miles Davis: A Critical Biography; and Keith Jarrett: The Man and His Music. He died from complications after pneumonia and a series of mini-strokes on February 25, 2009 at the age of 75.

Brian Priestley is the co-author of The Rough Guide to Jazz, now in its fourth edition, and the biographer of Charles Mingus and John Coltrane. He is also a noted jazz pianist, specializing in the Ellingtonian repertoire, and has recorded several CDs. He is also a critic and reviewer for numerous
magazines, including Jazzwise, and a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 3.

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