The Jazz Record Book by Charles Edward Smith, with Frederic Ramsey, Jr., Charles Payne Rogers and William Russell.
Published by Smith and Durrell, New York, 1942. Sixth Printing 1946. Hardcover Book. No Dustcover. 515 pages.
Book is in very good condition. Spine is intact and tight. Minor scuffs, no tears. Writing inside front cover including a previous owner's name rubber stamp.
"This is one of the earliest books on jazz criticism wherein the authors attempt to write a review of the jazz records that were available (though not necessarily in the catalogues of the recording companies) at the time of publication in 1942. Two of the other three co-authors, Charles Edward Smith and Frederick Ramsey Jnr. had already found fame through their earlier publication of their book, Jazzmen, one the first really excellent books on jazz profiling some early jazz musicians.
This book reviews the early history of jazz before getting into the meat of the book, the record reviews. Very well researched and an absolutely essential addition to anyone's bookshelf that is interested in the early history of jazz music." - Peter Campbell, Goodreads.