Best-selling Advance author (Jazz Conception Series) and critically-acclaimed saxophonist (2017
Downbeat Critics Poll) Jim Snidero introduces The Essence Of The Blues, an exciting new
way of learning the blues. This method addresses moderately advanced players, but is both fun
and instructive for virtually any level of ability.
Each edition contains 10 solo etudes inspired by historic artists, providing authentic jazz and blues
language, all transposed for common jazz wind instruments. The recordings on the professionally
produced play along CD showcase top-notch soloists and one of New Yorks best swinging rhythm
Jim Snidero (alto saxophone), Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone), Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), Steve
Davis (trombone), Jamie Baum (flute), Ken Peplowski (clarinet), Mike LeDonne (piano & B3
organ), Peter Washington (bass), and Joe Farnsworth (drums).
The Essence of the Blues features several sections that are useful for individual or group
Exact articulation and phrasing markings played by the soloist
Analysis of each etude and style insight of historic artist
Basic blues theory including form, chord function and progressions
Style and listening suggestions of historic recordings
Over 70 ideas extracted for improvisation