Interesting Jazz Improv advice book


This looks interesting – from ejaznews. As a bass player, I’m particularly captivated by Hal Garper’s chapter title, Playing (Almost) Everything in Half Time – the two-beat is strong!

Long Beach, New York (December 02, 2004) — Jazz Improvisation: Advice From the Masters is the new softcover book published by Outcat LLC in Long Beach, New York.

The book features specific advice and inspiration from 16 noted jazz artists and educators, including Joanne Brackeen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Steve Coleman, Todd Coolman, Dave Douglas, Robin Eubanks, Hal Galper, Mark Helias, Charlie Hunter, Dave Liebman, James Moody, Jeremy Pelt, Judi Silvano, Dave Stryker, Lew Tabackin and Kenny Werner. A glossary of jazz jargon, written by the editors, completes the volume.

The articles are based on interviews with the artists conducted by Jimi Durso, who has written transcription articles for DownBeat magazine, and by journalist Karla Harby. The book contains 36 text pages and more than 16,000 words. It retails for $19.95 and is available for immediate delivery from the publisher’s website,

Table of Contents:.

First Steps Toward Improvisation, by Joanne Brackeen.

Learning from the History of Jazz, by Terri Lyne Carrington.

Improvisation as Communication, by Steve Coleman.

Listening More Deeply, by Todd Coolman.

Becoming Aware of Musical Traditions, by Dave Douglas.

Using Computer Technologies as Practice Tools, by Robin Eubanks.

Playing (Almost) Everything in Half Time, by Hal Galper.

Silencing the Inner Critic, by Mark Helias.

Embracing Your Limitations, by Charlie Hunter.

Effective Transcription and Analysis, by Dave Liebman.

The Importance of Scales and Modes, by James Moody.

Getting a Foundation in Be Bop, by Jeremy Pelt.

Exercises to Enhance Creativity and Interaction, by Judi Silvano.

Using Classic Recordings to Improve Your Playing, by Dave Stryker.

Playing With Conviction, by Lew Tabackin.

Playing Free, by Kenny Werner.

Glossary of Jazz Jargon, by Karla Harby & Jimi Durso .


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