by Jim Snidero
Jazz Conception is a new and exciting way for players at all levels to learn the language of jazz! Each book/CD set features 21 solo etudes based on chord changes to standards and blues. The same 21 etudes transposed and adapted for the main jazz instruments. See and hear how a well-known soloist phrases and articulates and play along with or without the soloist on the CD.
Play along with one of today's finest, swinging New York rhythm sections: Mike LeDonne on piano, Dennis Irwin on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums. Start out fairly easy, then get progressively more difficult. Use the etudes as a bridge to solos of the masters that are usually more complicated and involved. Learn melodies and lines that will give you a solid jazz vocabulary and musicality.
Use the book/CD sets for private lessons, for self-study, or in any combination up to a full jazz ensemble, including flute and clarinet. If you are more advanced you may want to use the book to develop your sight reading abilities, for transcribing the etudes off the CD (then check against the book) or for just having fun playing along with a great jazz rhythm section.
Use as an improvisation study, learning how to construct a swinging, logical solo – works especially well in combination with the Study Guide. The Jazz Conception Series is also perfectly suited for the class room. It can be used to develop younger students jazz style in a big band or small group. In an improvisation class the teacher can use the etudes as studies in improvisation. The Study Guide provides an analysis of each etude, along with practice assignments for each etude.
These editions include unique features in addition to the description above:
DRUM EDITION: Exact transcription, as played by Kenny Washington, plus 21 drum lead sheets. See and hear how a well known drummer phrases and articulates and play along with or without the soloist on the CD.
VOCAL EDITION: Amy London scat sings the etudes to demonstrate phrasing and articulation. Written syllables for the first two etudes help aspiring vocalists to match her exact sounds.
BASS LINES EDITION: All the bass lines from the CD are transcribed in the book and the CD includes special tracks minus the bass line so the bassist can sit-in with the band.
PIANO COMPING EDITION: All Mike's comping is transcribed in the book. Special CD tracks allow you to sit-in for Mike and comp behind the band.
SAX SECTION CHARTS: Includes individual parts for Alto 1 & 2, Tenor 1 & 2, Bari, and three rhythm section parts with chord symbols and written bass lines. Like the other editions, the CD includes special play along tracks of the rhythm section only (as well as full-performance tracks of the quintet playing with the rhythm section).
STUDY GUIDE: Breaks down each etude to its essential elements, including guide tones, blues riffs, delayed/anticipated resolutions, etc... so that you can understand why the phrases work and use these concepts to create your own solos.