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JESPEN, Jorgen Grunnet.

Jazz records, 1942-1962.

Published: Holte, Denmark: Karl Emil Knudsen, 1963-70

Stock code: 62931

Price: £375

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First editions. Monumental labour of love. Brian Rust had produced a discography of Jazz Records A to Z: 1897-1931, extended to 1941 in the second edition, but this left the period of the massive proliferation of published jazz untouched; ” It was Jorgen Grunnet Jepsen of Copenhagen who undertook that monumental task. He continued in time where Rust left off and started the alphabet at M where Jazz Directory had stopped. The first four volumes were completed in 1963-1965 and were titled Jazz Records 1942-1962. The projection was to complete it in eight volumes, but those who are fortunate enough to have a complete set know that it required 11 volumes. Since the starting volume M-N was called Volume 5 and Te-Z Volume 8, it required a Volume 4a, 4b, 4c and 4d to make everything coincide. Fortunately as he progressed he continued to cover later years and the last volume covers the period from 1942-1969.” ( Jerry Atkins, Magnificent Obsession: The Discographers, in Jazz Journal International, 1982) In his foreword to the final volume Jepsen, understandably, withdraws from the fray; “It has been ten busy but rather fascinating years. With this volume the whole alphabet has been covered, but this of course is only the beginning. I am withdrawing from discographical research, but I know there are many who will keep up the good work.”

8 volumes in 11. Perfect-bound in the original printed light card wraps. Some illustrated advertisements to the text. Spines a touch creased, wraps just a little rubbed, a few annotations to the text, but overall an unusually well-preserved set.

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