by Eric Allen. Foreword by Chris Potter.
For all serious jazz musicians! From Coleman Hawkins to Chris Potter, the evolution of jazz style and harmony is carefully examined and clearly explained in this monumental work centered around iconic solos on the great standard “Body & Soul.” Includes complete and accurate transcriptions of Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Michael Brecker, and Chris Potter with both melody and solo choruses. Pages and pages of in-depth analysis and stylistic comparisons for each solo make this an historic treatise on the rich evolution of jazz harmony and interpretation. All the answers are here in this huge 180 page spiral-bound collection! This book is tenor saxophone key, so Bb instruments will not have to transpose. For all other instruments, special transposed supplemental books (sold separately - see the "You May Also Like" column to the right) are available.
“The title and lyric of Body & Soul gives us as improvisers an approach about how to play music. It’s all about love and expression. Coleman Hawkins felt it and set a high standard of creative improvisation for everyone to follow no matter what tune you are exploring. Let’s not forget all of these beautiful solos included in this well-crafted book were played spontaneously with eyes closed and ears opened! Bravo, Eric, for your amazing work and passion.” -Joe Lovano
“What a great idea to take one tune and see how the great players played it through the years with all the various chord changes, as well. Eric has done a masterful job on his transcriptions and i especially like his analysis. The accuracy of the transcriptions is quite remarkable.” -Jerry Bergonzi
"Body and Soul offers accurate transcriptions by acknowledged masters
>along with good analysis of the notable musical ideas that permeate the
>solo. From Hawk to Brecker, this volume covers it all."
"These solos provide an invaluable resource for understanding and comparing the unique styles of the greatest tenor saxophonists in jazz". - Greg Fishman
"This is the book many of us have been waiting for our entire lives. Perhaps no other tune in the jazz repertoire provided the foundation for so many classic solos as "Body and Soul." And thanks to Coleman Hawkins, the song will forever be associated with the tenor saxophone.
But Hawkins' monumental solo was just the beginning. Eric Allen has provided the transcriptions to nine interpretations by a list of colossal tenor giants, including: Coleman Hawkins(1939), Lester Young (1942), Stan Getz (1952), Sonny Rollins (1958), John Coltrane (1960), Dexter Gordon (1967 and 1970), Michael Brecker(1992), and Chris Potter (1993).
What's more, Allen has included analysis of each solo—not a dry academic description, but a useful categorization of improvisation devices with numerous music illustrations. And each analysis is right on the money—pointing out the key ingredients that make this solo speak.
Finally, the book finishes with a fascinating "historical comparison of chord changes," so that you can see how each recording differed in terms of overall harmonic structure.
Simply put, this book will prove to be incredibly useful to all jazz musicians, and should be essential reading for anyone who plays the tenor saxophone." - Robert Rawlins