BOOK/CD Only in his last years as an actor in the acclaimed movie "Round Midnight" did Dexter Gordon gain widespread popularity, but jazz musicians have known about him for decades--through his big sound, hard swing and roaring compositions. Learn and enjoy these songs which are part of his great legacy!
BOOK/CD When Charlie Parker made his famous "with strings" recordings, Jazz musicians everywhere realized the potential of lushly orchestrated strings to inspire and enhance their own creativity. Many legendary players - Cannonball Adderly, Blue Mitchell, and Clifford Brown, to name a few - soon followed suit, making a "with strings" album an almost essential rite of passage.
BOOK/2CDs This could have been titled "Baby Steps to Giant Steps." Finally, there is a "Steps"-by-step method of learning not only Giant Steps and Countdown, but also how to substitute those elusive chord changes for "standard" chord changes in well-known Standards. The second CD breaks down the Giant Steps cycle into simple segments at comfortable tempos. Also included are several well-known Standards with Giant Steps harmony substituted for the traditional harmony! The best way to learn Giant Steps harmony!
Coltrane's landmark composition Giant Steps used a new harmonic formula. This book examines it in detail as well as Countdown. Also, contains practice exercises and solo examples plus, how to use this new harmony over standard harmony
BOOK/CD Don't overlook this one! Most musicians agree, this is a much needed set! If you work on these tunes and chord progressions (which are based on standard chord progressions) you will be on your way to learning much of the standard jazz repertoire harmonies and root movements.
Intermediate/Advanced level. Here are eight soulful ballands enjoyed by both musicians and listeners for years. Ballads have always been a challenge to play, but when you hear the right changes played with great feeling by this outstanding rhythm section, you'll agree that learning these songs is made much easier. Melodies, chords and lyrics are included in this book/CD set.
BOOK/CD Intermediate/advanced level. Includes 8 tunes by a variety of jazz greats that have been recorded on many records in the past 40 years. If you listen to jazz records, youve heard these tunes. Composers represented include such "heavies" as Tadd Dameron, Kenny Dorham, Thelonious Monk, Ray Brown, and Tommy Flanagan. "Smokin" rhythm section keeps you inspired from the first note to the last! Learn and enjoy these great tunes.
BOOK/CD Since his days with Dave Brubeck in the 1980's, Jerry's influence as a modern jazz tenor man has been undeniable. Less well-known are his tasty compositions, presented in this collection for your enjoyment. Jerry has recorded all these songs on various Double-Time Jazz CDs!
BOOK/CD Intermediate/advanced level. Eight favorite jazz classics from one of the most innovative and influential jazz artists in history, the great John Coltrane, including the haunting ballad Naima. Coltranes compositions explored many new frontiers and opened up new harmonic doors for all who followed. The crisp, tight rhythm section adds much enjoyment to this unique play-a-long.
This set is for all those looking for a good collection of Bop favorites, Jazz Classics, and well-known standards; very much what you might encounter on a typical gig. The all-star rhythm section is one of the best in the business! Rhythm section is James Williams, Piano; Christian McBride, Bass; Jeff "Tain" Watts, Drums.
BOOK/CD Intermediate/advanced level. Eleven bandstand favorites composed and recorded by one of Jazzs greatest trumpet innovators. A different direction than most of our other play-a-longs in that many of the tunes incorporate new musical influences and styles such as rock, latin and fusion. A perfect set for anyone wishing to spice up their repertory. A total of eight highpowered professional musicians back you up on this set in a variety of combinations to give every song a slightly different feel and make the whole set come alive!