The Top Selling Jazz Piano Books
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Abstract Musical Notes Piano Jazz Wall Artwork Art
Brand New Musical Notes Wall Art.
Measures 48" length x 20" tall.
This unique musical artwork for your wall is perfect for any room especially for the piano or music room. It is handcrafted of aged wrought iron with a black coloring as shown in the photo above. It is truly a masterpiece of beauty with a musical art undertone behind it.
Herbie Hancock Jazz Music Piano Art Poster Print - 16" X 20"
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Come Away with Me
Norah Jones Photos (by Danny Clinch)
More from Norah Jones
Not Too Late
Feels Like Home
The Little Willies
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Customer Review: Simple and Honest
In the late 1960s, sitarist Ravi Shankar took on pupil George Harrison and changed the face of music forever. It's no surprise, then, that Shankar's daughter, Norah Jones, is doing the same with her debut album "Come Away with Me". Released nearly a decade ago, the record still shines as bright as it did when it first came out. Blues music had not really found a home on mainstream radio until 2002, when Jones released this album. The jazzy record quickly flew up the charts, thanks to her clear vocals and dazzling piano. But make no mistake; this is a simple record. Many songs feature just Jones and the piano, though a few have the more traditional drums and guitars. And the combination works. My personal favorites from this record are no surprise; the jazzy 'Come Away with Me' is truly reminiscent of a lazy summer night with a gentle breeze and the one you love. 'One Flight Down' definitely has my favorite lyrics ('The reeds and brass have been weaving/Leading into a single note') and heralds back to a 1950s jazz club - you can almost imagine Louis Armstrong in the background. 'Shoot the Moon' is a simple tune that could be the soundtrack to a cross-country trip, while 'Turn Me On' is a sensual, piano-driven track that captures the easiness of love. It's rare in the 21st century to have an album where you can simply listen to a great voice sing, but Norah Jones has accomplished that. Her record is truly a vocal masterpiece, full of songs that reach to your heart through their simplicity and honesty. And that's a rare quality, indeed.
Customer Review: Another favourite metal album!
WOW is all I can say! I'm still recovering from the face-melting riffs from this death metal album. Norah Jones is a true metal goddess, along with Jewel and Enya. Her songs are angry, you can tell by her screams and the pounding of the drumming. Check this out if you truly want to "rock out"- trust me she's better and HEAVIER than Slayer/Anthrax/Burzum/Bathory/Cannibal Corpse/Immortal/etc.
The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East
There has never been a better showcase for improvisational rock than this 1971 concert recording, and few (if any) live rock albums are in its rank. With only two studio albums (and plenty of touring) under their belt, the Georgia sextet tore into the Fillmore East with road-tested buoyancy. Titanic guitarist Duane Allman was at the peak of his powers, pushing his foil, Dickey Betts, to unsurpassed peaks. Vocalist-keyboardist Gregg Allman would have been a star in any other setting; here he's merely one more component in a brilliant ensemble. Duane Allman died shortly after At Fillmore East shipped, and the Brothers haven't scaled such heights since. But, then, neither has anyone else. --Steven Stolder
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Customer Review: Stunning Live Set
This is one of the live albums that accurately capture the energy and feel of the original Allman Brothers Band. The dual drummers pound through the shuffle beats, Berry Oakley's bass holds down the lower register, and dual keyboards (Greg Allman on organ, Chuck Lavelle on piano) and dual guitars (Dickey Betts and the great Duane Allman) battle on this seven song release. All the songs are extended energetic jam sessions that rock from start to finish. Greg has a great live blues voice, and he wails from the heart on "Statesboro Blues" and mornfully on the classic "Whipping Post". The band showcases their blues roots, and Duane's slide is the perfect complement to Dicky's playing. This is a brilliant live album that is a necessary purchase.
Customer Review: Greatest Southern Rock Album Ever, Bar-None
I recently listened to "At Fillmore East" for the first time in about ten years, after giving it a considerable break from my regular listening, and it still has the same effect on me as when I first heard at the age of 12. There is simply no live album of this genre and of this era that can compete, perfectly capturing two great nights at what is arguably the greatest rock venue of its era only months before its closing, and also capturing the interplay and honesty of a great rhythm band, only months before the tragic death of its greatest instrumentalist, Duane Allman. I know all the songs on this album so well that I see no point in discussing them; a thousand listens has put the album in a space in my head where I listen for many small musical "moments" that resonate with honesty, and the energy of a group of young guys from Macon in full command of their inimitable sound. Some of these moments include Allman's flawless slide playing on "Statesboro Blues"; Dickey Betts' hoedown duel with the two drummers in "You Don't Love Me"; the great crescendo (perfectly cut off) that ends "Hot 'Lanta"; and Duane's final, despairing solo over a pedal 'C' in the final minutes of "Whipping Post" that leaves the audience in stunned silence and still leaves me with tears in my eyes. These are only a few of many such "moments" you will find for yourself on this absolutely timeless classic -- easily the greatest southern rock album ever made.
Caught In The Act (CD + DVD)
Sensational young crooner Michael Buble stars in his first "Great Performances" PBS special this holiday season: that and his August live performance at the Wiltern in Los Angeles will be seen and heard in this CD/DVD package. Now Buble takes yet another giant step in his meteoric career.
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Customer Review: caught in the act
This is a great cd/dvd combo for us Buble fans that may never get to a concert. However, I do wish that the cd had more songs on it.
Customer Review: Great concert dvd
I've always been weary about ordering concert dvd's, but I thought i would give this one a shot. I'm glad I did because I love it. I have seen him in concert and was amazed. Just watching the dvd felt like I was right there in the crowd.
Contemporary Piano [VHS]
Customer Review: Contemporary Piano
Richard is a leading session player, having performed with Paul Simon, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel and others. This video offers interviews and explanations on various topics including chart reading, chord substitutions, and more. Includes some classic performances with drumming great Steve Gadd. (60 min.)
Piano Legends [VHS]
The performers on this program constitute a virtual "Who's Who" of immortal keyboard players familiar to every jazz buff in the world. Some led bands; some established fame as soloists; some worked in small ensembles; and all left an indelible mark on this uniquely American art. Piano Legends explores the work of twenty-three renowned jazz pianists as filmed and videotaped over the last 60 years. These films are part of the private collection of David Chertok, known to jazz enthusiasts for his unique film archives of legendary jazz performers. This program covers every major period in the progressive development of jazz pianism from the rags and stomps of "Fats" Waller to the contemporary work of Cecil Taylor.Musicians include:
Chick Corea (1986)
Willie "the Lion" Smith (1958)
Meade Lux Lewis (1961)
Earl "Fatha" Hines (1963)
Mary Lou Williams (1980)
Thomas "Fats" Waller (1941)
Art Tatum (1943)
Oscar Peterson (1963)
Marian McPartland (1960)
Teddy Wilson (1954)
Bud Powell (1962)
Thelonius Monk (1957)
Horace Silver (1960)
Mal Waldron (1983)
John Lewis (1968)
Lennie Tristano (1964)
Dave Brubeck (1963)
Duke Ellington (1966)
Count Basie (1963)
McCoy Tyner (1971)
Bill Evans (1969)
Keith Jarrett (1968)
Cecil Taylor (1981)
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Customer Review: Great Video
THe Piano is A Grand Instrument and their have Been Many Grand Musicians in Jazz that Have Played it.this Video Reflects that&More.Chick Corea is a Musical Genius Period.His Fusion is Incredible.From His Days With Miles Davis,Return To Forever&His Other Projects He is Incredible.I Really Enjoyed this.Fantastic.
Customer Review: A great insight into some of the greatest piano jazz
This video is very well made, and Chick's hosting and narrative in well thought out and conveys a deep knowledge of the medium. (After all, he IS Chick Corea) Sound quality on most of the clips is accurate for the most part, but it's the content that really makes it shine. You don't have to be a musician to enjoy this video. It contains a lot of information about the history of piano jazz, and there is a surprising treat at the end. Chick, one of the most underrated and understated musicians of our time, plays a piano solo version of his composition "The Yellow Nimbus" that is nothing less than spectacular. I actually heard this version before I heard the one on his "Touchstone" CD, with Paco De Lucia. That one is awesome too. (As you can tell, I'm a big Chick fan). GET THIS VIDEO. It's a great value at twice the price.
VHS-Donald Fagen - Concepts for Jazz/Rock Piano [VHS]
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Customer Review: great content, insanely high list price
Don't get me wrong--the actual content on here is great, but talk about high pricing. Even the subsequent DVD version has a list price that's currently $10 less. See what you can do as far as getting "Concepts For Jazz/Rock Piano", preferrably in DVD form, for a reasonable price, because as far as the actual content is concerned, this is a great addition for any serious Steely Dan fan. If you're looking for a video that truly "puts the focus on the music", you'll be in for a treat with Donald Fagen's "Concepts For Jazz/Rock Piano". I will point out that if you're someone who likes to listen to great music, yet isn't super interested in its actual writing/ arranging process, you will probably find your attention wandering during portions of this video. On the other hand, although this is an 'instructional' video, any Steely Dan/ Donald Fagen fan should certainly be able to derive enjoyment from this for the marvelously rich sound of Fagen's classy piano playing. Fagen's 'sidekick' on here is Warren Bernhardt, a man who played live with Fagen supporting the "Kamakiriad" album in 1993, the same year this video/ DVD was originally recorded. The songs that are given in-depth musical analysis here are Steely Dan's "Chain Lightning", "Peg", & "Josie", plus "On the Dunes" & "Teahouse On the Tracks" from Fagen's "Kamakiriad"; sheet music is supplied for these 5 tracks as well. Not coincidentally, the aforementioned Steely Dan songs are 3 of their most overtly blues-based, & Fagen shows how traditional blues ideas were tinkered with to ultimately create these masterful compositions. For the most part Fagen is on piano with Bernhardt on electric piano--they do swap positions for "Josie"--& they're playing is a joy to watch & listen to. Indeed, plenty of time is devoted to straight up musical performances from Fagen & Bernhardt, which are conveniently indexed on the DVD version, which is ideal if you're not in the mood for the talk. You consistently get a bird's-eye view of Fagen's hands so you can actually watch what he's playing, something that can be of frustration to certain viewers as far as certain live concert videos/ DVDs are concerned. Although you don't generally hear Donald Fagen or his Steely Dan co-hort/ writing partner Walter Becker's names when great songwriters are mentioned, these guys are really on a whole different plateau as far as "pop songwriters" go, which is made abundantly clear by viewing this video--the harmonic/ chord ideas are incredibly sophisticated, yet have a way of making perfect musical sense--something that Fagen himself makes reference to--a big part of what makes their music so endlessly fresh & compulsively listenable. That said, Donald Fagen is an ideal person to do a video of this nature, & if you're blown away by Steely Dan's sophisticated, yet irresistible songwriting, this is a must-have video/ DVD. Fagen clearly knows his stuff--he uses lots of sophisticated musical terminology, speaking seriously, yet vibrantly; he's in great spirit on here--you really don't get the slightest sense of Don & Walter's trademark sarcasm. Warren Bernhardt, a jazz pianist, is clearly an excellent, tasteful musician who seems super thrilled to be doing this video with Fagen--he lavishes Fagen with a load of praise and unfortunately does tend to be rather corny in his offhand remarks, plus he annoyingly seems to be trying to one-up Fagen at times when analyzing the compositions, but on the other hand, Bernhardt does do a respectable job of interacting with Fagen & bringing even more out of him than he may have otherwise. So, there are Bernhardt's occasional annoyances, plus the extremely high list price. Still though, it runs 70 solid minutes & the positives steamroll the slight negatives of the actual video content which is highly informative and compulsively watchable/ listenable. Ultimately, any true Steely Dan fan will find "Concepts For Jazz/Rock Piano" a real treat, & it makes for a very nice companion to Steely Dan's "Aja" installment in the "Classic Albums" video/ DVD series.
Customer Review: A nice supplement to all those jazz theory books you bought.
While not a treatise on jazz re-harmonization, this video offers interesting insights into how one can modify well-known blues structures to obtain interesting music. On the tape Warren Bernhardt interviews Donald Fagen about song writing. Using several of his own songs, Fagen explains how he started from twelve bars blues and then extended the structure until he got something he liked. When he departs from the blues structure, he also offers alternatives to his choice. Fagen explains his thought process as an auditory exploration. Bernhardt jumps in to name the chords and the scales for the viewer. After discussing the structure, the two play the pieces as duets. Fagen plays an acoustic grand piano, while Bernhardt plays an electric. They switch instruments about two-thirds through the tape. The overhead camera lets you pick up some keyboard technique. Fagen keeps all his notes within an octave in each hand. For a change "Big Hands" Bernhardt does the same, so the music is playable by anyone willing to practice a bit. The tape comes with a songbook that has the chords and sheet music for the tunes discussed. If you want the inside track to playing "Peg" this is the tape.
Bob James: An Evening of Fourplay Vol 1 & 2
The fantastic foursome of FOURPLAY features Bob James on keyboards, Lee Ritenour on guitars, Nathan East on bass and Harvey Mason on drums. They are joined by special guests Chaka Khan, Phillip Bailey and Phil Perry in the spectacular live DVD "An Evening With Fourplay".
Featured in this 12-song set are 3 of their early classics: Between The Sheets (featuring Chaka Khan), After The Dance and Chant.
Tracklisting: 1. Chant 2. Monterey 3. 101 Eastbound 4. Midnight Stroll 5. After The Dance 6. Bali Run 7. Wish You Were Here 8. Moonjogger 9. A Summer Child 10. Amoroso 11. Between The Sheets 12. Flying East
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Customer Review: Thoroughly Enjoyable
Fourplay is a fantastic group of musicians and they do not fail to satisfy here. They chose two great guest too. I am in love with Chaka. Her presence here overshadows and dwarfs everything around her. Sorry about my bias towards her voice and stage presence. Phillip Baily is awesome too. Both Chaka and Phillip Baily have such awesome natural talent when it comes to vocals. Aside from that, the performance of Fourplay is awesome.
Customer Review: great jazz performance. highly recommended.
this is one great jazz performance by the four play jazz band. i got tired of bob james performing solo and his same routine of jazz music. but this time, he is superb with the other jazz legends performing in this special dvd live presentation. bob james reinvented himself here with the help of the other guys who were extremely fabulous.
The Jazz Piano Book
Endorsed by Kenny Barron, Jamey Aebersold, Richie Beirach, and more, this book presents all the information a student of jazz piano needs in an easy-to-understand, yet thorough, manner. For intermediate to advanced pianists, written by one of the acknowledged masters of jazz piano playing.
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Customer Review: Excellent book for adult learners
I purchased this book because it was recommended by my piano teacher. I absolutely love it! It is clearly written with excellent musical examples. I would strongly recommend this book for anyone studying jazz.
Customer Review: One of the best available--even in 2009 is there something better?
This book is focused on how jazz piano is played today but mostly only in the role of someone not soloing. If you are more interested in something like swing & stride piano, bebop piano, free jazz, or many other styles, this is not really the book. I wish someone would write the Mehegan books with the right chord changese in Roman Numeral and not with chordd charts like I-II--III-IV-V that nobody uses. Now there are lots of other jazz piano books available, and some are very good for certain genres. I particularly like a set of books that are NOT available on Amazon. Unfortunately, they were published in the 80s and are severely marred by the world's worst music publishing job. I will have a ListMania list to list a lot jazz by books currently available, and what I think of them. My opinions may differ substantially from other people, mostly because I think when jazz lost the melody it lost its audience. Of course, some of the more popular players have gone back to using the melody. And then there are people who play "jacuzzi jazz". Lots of them can play less popular jazz styles as well as anyone else, but they need an audience to pay their bills.
Jazz Piano Masterclass with Mark Levine(With CD)
"Jazz Piano Masterclass With Mark Levine: The Drop 2 Book". Mark is the author of the widely-acclaimed text, "The Jazz Piano Book" and pianists will be thrilled to see that he has come up with a second piano book. This one deals exclusively with how to play "Drop 2" piano voicings---the block-chord technique used by Bill Evans, Barry Harris, Cedar Walton, McCoy Tyner, and many other jazz piano greats. Mark gives the reader a step-by-step, beginning-to-advanced approach to learning this technique, just as he would in a live masterclass. The accompanying CD has Mark demonstrating each exercise.
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Customer Review: Locked hand voicings
This is almost a one topic volume but invaluable. Whether you want to voice melody lines or improvised lines using Shearing type voicings or Drop 2 voicings this is the best volume going. As with all Mark Levine's publications this is beautifully written and produced. It is the best exposition of the bop scale that I have seen.
Customer Review: Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!
I love this book. I just bought it last week. I jumped right into it and I love it! I am not a piano player but I write music. The explanation of the 'drop 2' technique in this book is the best explained and illustrated that I have ever seen or heard. I have tried other music books that describe the 'drop 2' method but I had problems in applying it to real music. I kept running into problems with melody notes that didn't seem to allow you to use this technique musically or effectively. I wanted to get this book to see how this author explains the 'drop 2'. And I was not disappointed but ecstatic. YES!!! This was the information I needed. Mark Levine points out alternative voicings or should I say reharmonizations to correct those melody notes that just do not allow you to use the 'drop 2' voicings. Also, these reharmonizations give a much more modern sound than the way other jazz theory books teach and they don't take away from the initial music quality of the original chords. Mark Levine's teaching of the 'drop 2' gives you room to actually create your own musical artistic sound for your own personal arrangements of melodies using this technique. It is well explained and clearly illustrated. I must warn though, as Mr. Levine explains in the beginning of the book, you should be somewhat advance in your music theory knowledge. Mr. Levine comes right out of the chute explaining this technique and does not digress into any theory knowledge. The accompanying cd is a plus because you can hear the illustrations for yourself. This is a technique that not only can be used by piano players but also for anyone that writes or arranges music. Since I write and arrange music, this book is a huge blessing for me. Simply wonderful!!! Thank you, Mark Levine.
Jazz-Blues Piano: The Complete Guide with CD! Hal Leonard Keyboard Style Series
This comprehensive book/CD pack will teach you the basic skills needed to play jazz-blues piano. From comping to soloing, you'll learn the theory, the tools, and the tricks used by the pros. The accompanying CD features many of the examples in the book performed either solo, or with a full band, including a full chapter of complete songs. Topics covered include: scales and chords * harmony and voicings * progressions and comping * melodies and soloing * characteristic stylings.
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Customer Review: You're just two hours from sounding "bluesy"
I've been playing jazz piano for about two years now, and have had great success with The Jazz Piano Book (as one might imagine). The next book that has served me well is Post-Bop Jazz Piano - The Complete Guide with CD!: Hal Leonard Keyboard Style Series, which is from the same series as the Jazz Blues Piano book under review. So, when I began looking for a book to help me sound bluesy, something noticeably lacking from my skill set, I gravitated toward this book for that reason and because my piano instructor didn't have this book (although he had many others in the same series). I have to say, that overnight, this became my favorite book to work from. There are a lot of reasons for that. First is that this book contains a good dose of easy-to-digest jazz music theory and explanation. The student can choose to skip over this and concentrate on playing the exercises, but I chose to read everything carefully and to try and understand and apply it, and I found it very useful. I was also quite pleasantly surprised when I found myself playing a ii-V-I progression (the backbone of jazz music) in a fashion I had never been shown before (with a moving bass note changing the mode of the chord). I was fascinated, and it made it easy for me to work on doing it in all twelve keys (which is normally drudgery), and to quickly press on in the book. As I played through the exercises, read through the material, then reached the exercises that are on the CD, I kept working on the suggested chords. Because I'm not a raw beginner, the first twenty pages went very quickly, and all of a sudden I found myself at about twenty pages in on exercise 9 practicing a straight up blues lick. That's right: two hours and I was playing blues. Very, very exciting. Like all piano books, including a number I have reviewed, this still requires practice and stick-to-itive-ness, but this book provides some small rewards on every page, which I find quite motivational and desirable. I can easily picture myself working through this entire book in a relatively short period of time. Beginning piano students will still need to work on some of this material with an instructor, but anybody with a good technical foundation in piano and at least a small amount of jazz knowledge should be able to work through most of this by themselves, thanks to the useful and well executed CD. Although there are many options and levels available, if you want to sound jazzy or bluesy, without a lot of fuss and without spending a lot of money or time, I really think this book is the best and simplest place to start.
Customer Review: Jazz Blues-Piano
I'm having a lot of fun with this book/CD, especially the piano, bass and drums pieces with accompanying written music for the chords. One can improvise along with the CD music with the right hand, and learn how to comp with the left in due time. The book conatins a little music theory, a little of which is good. But some of it is,in my view, unnecessary to enjoy jazz blues. The combo book/cd is well worth the price!
Berklee Jazz Piano BK/CD
Play jazz piano with new facility and expression as Ray Santisi, one of the most revered educators at the Berklee College of Music - and mentor to Keith Jarrett, Diana Krall, Joe Zawinul, and thousands of others - reveals the pedagogy at the core of Berklee's jazz piano curriculum. From beginning through advanced levels, Berklee Jazz Piano maps the school's curriculum: a unique blend of theory and application that gives you a deep, practical understanding of how to play jazz. Concepts are illustrated by the accompanying practice CD, where you'll hear how one of the great jazz pianists and educators of our time applies these concepts to both jazz standards and original compositions, and how you can do the same. You will learn: * Jazz chords and their characteristic tension substitutions, in many voicings and configurations * Modes and scales common in jazz * Techniques for comping, developing bass lines, harmonizing melodies, melodizing harmonies, and improvisation * Practice techniques for committing these concepts to your muscle memory * Variations for solo and ensemble playing * Advanced concepts, such as rhythmic displacement, approach-chord harmonization, and jazz counterpoint
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Customer Review: Great 'real world' information from a pro
This book is a short, no-nonsense, accurate presentation of what everyone should know about playing jazz piano. The harmonic, melodic and rhythmic essentials are explained. When he covers modal playing, it is NOT the usual dorian/mixolydian/ionian on ii-V7-I progressions that you find in other method books. He explains them correctly; they are their own unique harmonic framework that is distinct from traditional major/minor key chord progressions. I also think that his information on jazz counterpoint is worth it's weight in gold and it's information that I've not encountered elsewhere. One could spend many thousands of dollars on private lessons and not get the info presented here. It would probably be doubly beneficial if used as a study guide along with a good teacher.
Customer Review: Excellent Jazz Piano Book
This book not only covers jazz piano techniques-it covers important harmonic theory.The cd with the book gives excellent examples of the printed music.Santisi is a living legend in jazz piano in Boston.Check out the book!
Smooth Jazz Piano: Keyboard Style Series (Hal Leonard Keyboard Style)
This comprehensive book and CD package will teach you the basic skills you need to play smooth jazz piano. From comping to soloing, you'll learn the theory, the tools, and the tricks used by the pros. The accompanying CD features many of the examples in the book performed either solo or with a full band. Specifically, you'll learn: scales and chords, harmony and voicings, progressions and comping, rhythmic concepts, melodies and soloing, characteristic stylings, the history of jazz, and more. THE HAL LEONARD KEYBOARD STYLE SERIES provides focused lessons that contain valuable how-to insight, essential playing tips, and beneficial information for all players. Comprehensive treatment is given to each subject, complete with a companion CD.
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Customer Review: great value, highly recommended
I previously purchased the Blues Piano book, also by Mark Harrison. I was so impressed by it that I purchased this one too. I was a little concerned that there might be quite a bit of redundancy between the two volumes, but that's not the case at all. The focus, of course, is on jazz piano so a lot more time is spent up front discussing chords and chord voicing relevant to jazz. Like Blues Piano, this book is an excellent value. It's not for beginners, and like the Blues book, it requires that the learner have basic sight reading skills. I found the CD to be very helpful, especially for some of the practice selections where the timing was challenging to count out.
Customer Review: I finally Played My own short composition with this Book!
I'm a big fan of Smooth Jazz and I read just about everything on the subject. I bought this book with the view towards developing my very own unique jazz rhythm. I'm not a very accomplished pianist but my husband is a super player. Unfortunately, he is not a big fan of Jazz. So, I just winged my lessons from this book alone and here are my thoughts on the book. I thought the book worked very well for me. I easily understood the how to create various rhythms. The CD that came with it was super and an excellent learning tool. I now play my own style of smooth jazz. I'm sure I won't be cutting a CD for a recording studio, but I'm happy. My husband just shakes his head.
Solo Jazz Piano: The Linear Approach
A step-by-step approach to solo jazz improvisation for piano. Learn to improvise using the techniques pioneered by piano greats Lenny Tristano and Dave McKenna. This methodical approach to learning the art of solo jazz piano improvisation will free your creative sense of music. It begins with a review of chord symbol interpretation, walks through bass line development, and ends with how to play several melodic lines simultaneously in stimulating musical conversation. You'll learn how to develop solos that embellish and support the melody, and use lead sheets to help you generate your own musical ideas. Twenty-one lessons present techniques, practice exercises, and tunes based on jazz standards. Notated transcriptions of sample improvisations illustrate each lesson's technique, and the accompanying CD lets you hear a master improviser put these ideas to work.
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Customer Review: absolutely to be reccommended to serious jazz students & pros
I was genuinely surprised by the quality of this work. I am a classical pianist who has dabbled in jazz from time to time. This book, together with the Mark Levine's books (Jazz Theory, Jazz Piano, and Masterclass) have gotten me psyched up about jazz. Years ago, jazz books seemed a muddle to me (for example John mehegan's 4-book series and David Baker's stuff), mostly because I came from the classical 18th-19th century theoretical background. The only thing that worked for me was studying LPs until they wore out (my age is showing). I still study CDs deeply, but these books really help to fill gaps, at least as far as analysis goes. There is very useful information in this volume.
Customer Review: It is an excellent book!
The book is very well organized. There is no deception on the part of the author or the publisher to sell this book. The details of the book clearly let you know what the book covers. As a student of jazz piano, intermediate, I find this book very helpful. I really like the way the author introduces the concepts and then gives examples and etudes to practice. It is one of the best jazz piano books I've bought. But it is not the only book I use to learn how to play jazz piano. You should have an open mind and study all you can from different books in order to progress musically. You'll find similarities in jazz beginner/intermediate piano books, but the good books, like this one, provide you with the proper guidance you need. In my opinion, Neil Olmstead "poured his heart out" in this book. As a music educator myself, I really appreciate the great effort Professor Olmstead put into writing this outstanding book. In order to get another great insight on jazz piano improvisation, I also highly recommend the following book: Mel Bay's Essential Jazz Lines: Piano Style of Bill Evans One of the authors of this book, Per Danielsson, offers a lot of great free guidance on jazz piano on the internet. Check out his web site. I'm currently studying both books and I'm highly motivated to practice. Good luck with your jazz piano learning journey.
Jazz, Rags & Blues, Book 2 (Alfred's Basic Piano Library)
Jazz, Rags & Blues, Books 1 through 5 contain original solos for late elementary to early advanced-level pianists that reflect the various styles of the jazz idiom. An excellent way to introduce your students to this distinctive American contribution to 20th century music. Available separately (item #18115), the CD includes dynamic recordings of each song in Books 1-3 of this series.
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Customer Review: Excellent introduction into sight-reading jazz compositions
The concept of jazz piano is not complete without learning "comping" or free-composing of melody and improvisational ideas over a basic chordal structure. So, in that respect, this series will not teach you to be a jazz pianist. However, these are really fun, cute, and even artfully composed pieces that will be a great addition to your existing "classical" piano repertoire. Quite a challenge because of their non-diatonic notes and irregular rhythms. The simplicity of the melody over a simple open 5th or other such basic patterns allows the beginning pianist to be introduced to more advanced ideas without going completely over their head. I strongly recommend this for beginning pianists with at least a year or so of sight-reading experience.
Customer Review: Great book for newbies to Jazz, etc.
I got this book for my 16 year old son per request from his piano teacher and he seems to like it very much. It is something different from the traditional material for this level. I don't get tired of listening to this type of music as quickly as the other lesson books.
Complete Piano Player: Jazz and Blues
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Customer Review: My 1st feedback was mistyped
The delivery of this book was extremely positive and fast. I love this book and it is in excellent condition. I teach piano and I would not recommend it for a beginner, nor a younger student, but if you have had piano lessons in the past or know anything about music theory, this book is a must have. I highly recommend this book 110 percent plus. Thank you, thank you,Sandi. Warmest regards, Patricia Piano Teacher Order No. 002-91 10006-2797023
Customer Review: This is a Great Adult Beginner Book!
I have been a beginning piano teacher for many years, and I have found this book to be a perfect choice for my adult beginners who have little or no musical background. It goes at the perfect pace - not too fast, not too slow - and it uses familiar songs, which is so helpful. Most of my adult students have very busy lives and don't have a lot of time to invest. They just want to be able to enjoy playing the instrument as quickly as possible. This book helps them do just that within the very first lesson. All of my adult beginners love using this book, and I have yet to find anything I would switch to.
Post-Bop Jazz Piano - The Complete Guide with CD!: Hal Leonard Keyboard Style Series
This comprehensive book and CD package will teach you the basic skills you need to play post bop jazz piano. From comping to soloing, you'll learn the theory, the tools, and the tricks used by the pros. The accompanying CD features many of the examples in the book performed either solo or with a full band. THE HAL LEONARD KEYBOARD STYLE SERIES provides focused lessons that contain valuable how-to insight, essential playing tips, and beneficial information for all players. Comprehensive treatment is given to each subject, complete with a companion CD.
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Customer Review: Direct to the point !!!
This book is one of my favorites . It goes direct to the point and show you the " tricks" of the greatest modern jazz pianists. Pentatonics , quartal voicings , licks , theory , harmony and beyond... All the tools you need to get the modern sound and incorporate to your playing. Highly recomended !! including classical pianists .
Customer Review: Great book--a keeper among jazz piano books.
I own dozens of jazz piano books, and some are terrible, others are great. John Valerio has written similar books for Stride and Swing Piano, and Bop Piano. I do not like the Bop Piano book as much, perhaps because I am not as much a fan of bop. This book covers Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarrett, and many others. Of course, you can only get a flavor of the style of each, as it might take 100s of pages to fully explore each of and their styles, as they have developed over time. However, I must add, that this is really a bargain at the price that is listed and is worth 30 to 40 dollars. Fortunately or unfortunately jazz learning books are based on the number of pages and not the quality. This is a five-start jazz book. And, no, I have no connection with the author whatsoever.
Playing Jazz Piano
For an aspiring jazz instrumentalist, playing piano is one of the most important skills for developing a jazz vocabulary. Bob Mintzer is a renowned jazz composer, arranger, saxophonist, pianist, bandleader, educator and member of the group, the Yellowjackets. His new book is designed for the instrumentalist who is not an accomplished piano player but wants to acquire basic jazz piano skills and jazz vocabulary. The book includes etudes that make players aware of the sound, texture, cause, effect and function of jazz chords and harmony. The 22 piano etudes feature a variety of styles, tempos, chord progressions and a the book also includes a chord voicing glossary. Mintzer offers a practical guide with a realistic approach.
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