by Willie Hill
For the "fearful to the fearless", Approaching the Standards is an innovative, user-friendly approach to jazz improvisation. Designed for the individual or group, each of the three volumes of this play-along CD contains eight classic jazz tunes.
Each volume features a jazz group demo recorded by top pros in a jazz gig setting, clearly written musical examples, jazz vocabulary, transcription opportunities, informative composer insight and a useful discography.
Everything you need to begin improvising or to improve your jazz skills is included in Volumes 1,2 and 3, available for C, Bb, Eb and Bass Clef instruments. Rhythm Section/Conductor edition also includes written piano accompaniment for each song.
Horn and Conductor editions include: Billie's Bounce, On The Trail, Cantaloupe island, The Preacher, Summertime, Satin Doll, C Jam Blues, I've Got Rhythm.
Vocal edition includes all the same great features as the horn and conductor editions plus lyrics and a different song line up: Now's The Time, Satin Doll, Softly As In A Morning Sunrise, Summertime, I Got Rhythm, Honeysuckle Rose, Tenor Madness, Bye Bye Blackbird, Secret Love, Take the A Train.