The Rhythm Book-Intermediate Notation and Sight-Reading by Rory Stuart Review

Today, I am reviewing “The Rhythm Book-Intermediate Notation and Sight-Reading” by Rory Stuart that is published by Hal Leonard.  Rory Stuart has written a great beginning book for those of you who want to understand rhythm and notation in a deeper way that I reviewed the other day.  Today I will be writing about his Read More…

The Rhythm Book-Beginning Notation and Sight-Reading by Rory Stuart Review

Today, I am reviewing “The Rhythm Book-Beginning Notation and Sight-Reading” by Rory Stuart that is published by Hal Leonard.  Rory Stuart has written a great beginning book (beginning meaning dealing with everything rhythmically up to and including hard eighth note rhythms) for those of you who want to understand rhythm and notation in a deeper Read More…

The Cannonball Adderley Omnibook Review

Today, I am reviewing the Cannonball Adderley Omnibook that is published by Hal Leonard.  This great book of transcriptions was created by Chris “Doc” Stewart who also transcribed the Sonny Rollins Omnibook that I reviewed earlier in the year. I bought this book after receiving a gift card from a student of mine. I went Read More…

The Sonny Rollins Omnibook Review

My first recording of Sonny Rollins that I heard as a teenager was “Saxophone Colossus”.  I checked it out of the local library. I didn’t play tenor saxophone back then but I was interested in anything having to do with jazz so I checked it out.   I remember trying to get into it, but it Read More…

NEW Book-Mastering the Minor ii-7b5 V7b9 Bebop Scale

“Mastering the Minor ii-7b5 V7b9 Bebop Scale” is a new approach to learning to play great jazz lines over a minor ii-V progression.  If you have worked out of my “Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale” book, you know that the bebop scale and the “bebop links” that can be added to it can be a Read More…

The Stan Getz Omnibook Review

It’s with a bit of embarrassment that I admit that in the past, I have never really been a big fan of Stan Getz.  I remember hearing his name when I was younger and checking out some of his recordings but what can I say?  Those were my Michael Brecker and Bob Berg years.   I couldn’t get Read More…

Dave Koz Saxophone Play-Along Book Review

Today, I am reviewing a saxophone play along book by Hal Leonard.  This is the Volume 6 play-along entitled Dave Koz.  Dave Koz is a smooth jazz saxophone player and I thought it would be interesting to check out this book.  I was a little nervous in reviewing this book because talking about smooth jazz Read More…

The Lighthouse Omnibook-Dave Liebman and Steve Grossman Review

Today’s review is about a great transcription book by Petter Wettre entitled “The Lighthouse Omnibook”.   This book has been sitting on my shelf for a few years but I was reminded of it the other day when John Greiner (a great tenor player that I played with at Berklee in different ensembles) mentioned the Read More…

Body and Soul: The Evolution of a Tenor Saxophone Standard Review

For the last couple of weeks,  I have been diligently working through a great new book by Eric Allen entitled Body and Soul — The Evolution of a Tenor Saxophone Standard: Transcriptions and analysis of solos by: Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Stan Getz, Sonny … Brecker, Chris Potter, Spiral-Bound Book Body and Soul — The Read More…

The Dick Oatts Solo Collection Review

  Today I am reviewing an awesome new transcription book of solos by alto saxophonist Dick Oatts.  Dan Bayliss wrote the transcriptions and did the work of putting this ebook together.  It includes 9 solos from 3 albums and is 68 pages long. The CD’s the solos are from are Dick Oatts “Standard Issue Volume Read More…

The Real Jazz Solos Book Review

Today,   I am reviewing a new transcription book titled  “The Real Jazz Solos Book”.  This is another great book by Hal Leonard  that is filled with great jazz solo transcriptions.  Unlike many other transcription books, The Real Jazz Solos Book has transcription from a variety of different musicians including as far back as Louis Armstrong Read More…

The Real Latin Book Review

Anyone who has been following my blog for awhile knows that I can be a bit of a nut when it comes to Real Books.  I love getting new tunes that I have never played and trying them out on gigs.  Sometimes when I do a duo gig for a cocktail hour the piano player Read More…

“The Scale Omnibus” Free PDF Book!!

I found this great resource on the internet a few weeks ago and I wanted to share it with all of you.  It’s called “The Scale Omnibus” by Francesco Balena and it is FREE. Yes, you read that right.  It’s FREE! When I first heard of the free “Scale Omnibus”, my first thought was “OK, Read More…

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