Masters of Jazz (Chambers Compact Reference Series)

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Looks at individuals who are important to jazz and links them with the vocal style or instrument with which they associated

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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Grade 8-12-- Despite a typeface from the very bottom of the eye-chart, and the lack of cross-references , these compact volumes will be useful sources of ideas and (relatively) nontechnical information. Although all have the same look--biographical and topical articles of four or fewer pages, boxed sidebars and quotations, occasional small black-and-white photos or drawings--they are clearly not assembly-line products . Arrangement varies considerably, and the authors describe their occasionally quirky selection criteria and individual points of view in long, thoughtful introductions. Religious Leaders and The Occult cover hundreds of figures, movements, and concepts in the history of religious philosophy and mysticism with surprisingly little overlap. The author of the former confines his survey to active movements in today's major organized religions, not including cults or pagan groups, and profiles only dead leaders--Teresa of Avila, but not Mother Teresa. The articles are arranged in a single alphabet, with a synoptic table of contents (plus the index) for thematic access. Natal, on the other hand, separates biographies from topical feuilletons, and closes with a discussion of occult ideas in the writings of Shakespeare, Balzac, and dozens of other authors. Masters of Jazz links musicians by instrument or vocal style; the clear descriptions and analyses of over 200 Musical Masterpieces are grouped by type--"Bagatelles," "Ballades," "Ballets," etc. In Great Scientific Discoveries , as well as Great Inventions through History and Great Modern Inventions , Messadie explores the links between ancient and modern science--Fleming discovered penicillin, but antibiotics were used in traditional Chinese medicine; paved streets were invented long before the Romans built their famous roads--and points out recent trends, such as the decline of individual invention. Small and medium-sized collections will find these wide-ranging "encyclopedic guides" affordable alternatives to larger or multivolume reference tools, from Kramer's Listen to the Music (Schirmer, 1988) to The Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology (Gale, 1984).
- John E. Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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