BLUES IMPROVISATION COMPLETE
A comprehensive learning and teaching resource geared for beginning, intermediate and even advanced players. Available in Bb, Eb, C treble clef and C bass clef along with a 25-track play-along CD in jazz, Latin, and funk styles.
Systematically illustrates several approaches to improvising a melodic line over a 12-bar blues in all styles including jazz, Latin, funk, blues, and rock. It shows you how to create your own melodic ideas by using and combining blues scales, giving you the knowledge and technique necessary to improvise freely and creatively. Includes technical exercises, step-by-step approaches for improvising, composing tips, over 200 blues solos in 12 keys, 50 blues licks, rhythmic ideas and a list of 45 analyzed, recorded examples for transcribing. A great teaching resource.
Over 20,000 copies sold world-wide. Available in English, Japanese and Korean.
"An easy-to-understand, comprehensive approach to using the blues scales in one's improvisation. A great learning tool not only for beginners, but also for more experienced players looking to expand their stylistic versatility." JERRY BERGONZI (Dave Brubeck, Mike Stern, John Scofield, John Abercrombie)
"A very thorough and complete compilation of blues expressions. A perfect study of feelings and ideas for the improviser." GEORGE GARZONE (Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, George Russell, Joshua Redman)
"An effective method for learning the rudiments of blues. Blues is the source for improvisational efforts of all American music, including jazz and rock, and this book will give players a strong foundation to develop musical freedom and confidence." BILL PIERCE (Tony Williams, Art Blakey, Kevin Eubanks, Freddie Hubbard)
FAMOUS SAXOPHONE SOLOS FROM R&B, POP and SMOOTH JAZZ
Transcriptions of great Pop, R&B and Smooth Jazz solos including:
What Does It Take (Junior Walker); Morning Dance (Jay Beckenstein); Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car (V. Jeffrey Smith); Love Is a Wonderful Thing (Marc Russo); I Love the Nightlife (Tom Scott); Against All Odds (Gerald Albright); Take a Walk On the Wild Side (Ronnie Ross); Baby, I Love Your Way (Warren Hill); Midnight Motion (Kenny G); Ooh Baby Baby (David Sanborn); Have a Good Time (Phil Woods); Stormy (Ray Jerrel); Time Passages (Phil Kenzie); Still Crazy After All These Years (Michael Brecker ); Honky Tonk Pt. 2 (Clifford Scott); I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Brandon Fields); Hallelujah, I Love Her So (Don Wilkerson)
"I love the clarity with which all the different solos are transcribed, and it's great to have the opportunity to see all this incredible work from such a wide variety of soloists." KENNY G (75 million albums sold)
ESSENTIAL SOLOS - 28 SOLOS ON POPULAR JAZZ STANDARDS
Available for alto/bari saxophone, tenor/sop saxophone, guitar, trumpet and flute.
The 28 solos in this book, all over standard tunes, provide you with a wealth of jazz and blues vocabulary, phrasing, idiomatic rhythms and licks. They serve as templates for your improvisations and will help you to create your own solos. Play them with the backing tracks and listen to the demos. They're fun to play and will give you an insiders look into the language and style of jazz. Learning them will improve your playing, ear, technique and improvisation.
Included are solos over the chord progressions to: A Foggy Day, Beautiful Love, Autumn Leaves, Song For My Father, Just Friends, Meditations, My Funny Valentine, There Will Never Be Another You, Tenor Madness, On Green Dolphin Street, September In The Rain, Blue Bossa, Sugar, The Girl From Ipanema, Have You Met Miss Jones, Four Brothers, Satin Doll, Solar, After You've Gone, Jump, Jive and Wail, St. Thomas, Out Of Nowhere, My Foolish Heart, I Love You, Moment's Notice, Mr. Sandman, and It Could Happen To You!
In English, German and French.
“I wish there was a book like this when I was coming up! Jeff has masterfully put his many years of improvisational know-how into an easy to grasp and infinitely helpful book for players who want to start soloing or improve their abilities--and do it quickly. This is a phenomenal ‘master class’ for mid-level to advanced players, complete with all the tools needed to get to that next level of improvisation we all intuitively crave! Bravo.” DAVE KOZ (multi-platinum selling artist, 9-time Grammy nominee, 9 No. 1 albums)
"Jeff's book is an extremely useful tool that will help anyone interested in developing their bebop vocabulary. The solos are very clear and contain many essential building blocks of the jazz language. His explanation and demonstration of jazz articulation and phrasing is also very helpful. A welcome addition to the lexicon of jazz educational material." RICK MARGITZA (Miles Davis, Maria Schneider, Blue Note Records)
"Essential Solos is a very well-crafted improvising primer, chock full of detailed information and useful study tools for the aspiring jazz soloist. Clear and precise, but with plenty of 'meat on the bones' for the more advanced student. I highly recommend Essential Solos." ANDY SNITZER (Billy Joel, Paul Simon, The Rolling Stones)
WRITTEN SOLOS ON STANDARD TUNES, VOL. 1 WITH PLAY-ALONG CD
All the Things You Are; Indiana; Blues in F; Tune Up; On the Sunny Side of the Street; Pent-Up House; Confirmation; Closer Walk With Thee; Summertime; Donna Lee; Lady Bird; Sentimental Journey; Doxy; Blues in Ab; Airegin; All of Me; On Green Dolphin Street; Take the A Train; Oleo; Poor Butterfly; I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself a Letter; I've Heard That Song Before; Struttin' With Some Barbecue; Tea For Two; Minority
Designed to develop improvisation, technique, reading and jazz vocabulary!
Available in Bb, Eb, C Treble and C Bass.
GREAT TENOR SAXOPHONE SOLOS, VOL. 1
Jerry Bergonzi (Loudzee) Michael Brecker (Delta City Blues, Giant Steps, I Can't Get Started, Midnight Voyage) John Coltrane (Satellite, What's New) Rick Margitza (Change Up) Bob Mintzer (Two T's) Hank Mobley (Someday My Prince Will Come) Joshua Redman (Contemplation) Sonny Rollins (Wheatleigh Hall) Sonny Stitt (Indiana, You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To) - 65 PAGES
GREAT SMOOTH JAZZ, R&B AND POP TENOR SAXOPHONE SOLOS
Michael Brecker (Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight, When I Fall In Love, Why Do Fools Fall In Love?) Ed Calle (Nightfall) Pete Christlieb (Deacon Blues) Eddie Harris (Cold Duck Time) King Curtis (Respect) Richard Elliot (Hold Me Tight, Street Beat) Bob Malach (Shuffle 101) David Mann (Old School, Yes We Can, Kinetic) Red Prysock (The Fox) Tom Scott (Maybe I'm Amazed, Stride) Andy Snitzer (You've Changed, A Few Wild Nights) Junior Walker (Shotgun) Kirk Whalum (Reck'n So) Mike Sharpe (Stormy) Ronnie Scott (Lady Madonna) Noble "Thin Man" Watts (Jookin') - 60 PAGES
GREAT TENOR SAXOPHONE SOLOS, VOL. 2
Jerry Bergonzi (Two-part Contention) Michael Brecker (Nothing Personal, Slings and Arrows, Suspone, Two T's, Pools) John Coltrane (Slowtrane) Tommy Smith (Soulful Bill) Dexter Gordon (Society Red) Jimmy Heath (Gingerbread Boy) Dave Liebman (Stella by Starlight) Rick Margitza (Out of Bounds) Larry Schneider (The Days of Wine and Roses) Sonny Stitt (The Shadow of Your Smile) Stanley Turrentine (Back at the Chicken Shack) - 65 PAGES