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” Body and Soul: The Evolution of a Tenor Saxophone Standard I have been hearing for years that young players today just don’t know the history behind jazz. 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…

The John Coltrane Omnibook Review

Those of you who know me and my musical history know the impact the Charlie Parker Omnibook has had on me since I discovered it in High School many years ago.  I was an alto saxophone player then.  I could care less about the tenor saxophone.  That all changed in 1986 when I first heard Read More…

“A Complete Approach to Sound for the Modern Saxophonist” by Ben Britton

Recently, I received a copy of  A Complete Approach to  Sound for the Modern Saxophonist by Ben Britton.  Ben is a great saxophonist and educator in Pennsylvania.   I first heard of Ben many years ago when I stumbled upon a youtube clip of him trading fours with Chris Potter.   That, in of itself is very Read More…

Chris Potter Plays Acapella Solo Standards by Eli Bennett Review

Chris Potter has been one of my favorite tenor saxophone players for about the last 10 years.  I remember being on a gig somewhere and a friend of mine said “Have you heard Chris Potter?”   When I said “No”, he just shook his head and said  “Dude, you’ve got to check this guy out!”  I Read More…

“Live” Approach Note Patterns on R&B

Back about 10 years ago, I decided to work on my approach note patterns.  I had been taught a few of these patterns in lessons with Jerry Bergonzi and wanted to really get them down.  As I started to really work on the approaches in every key I found myself finding others to add to Read More…

Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale

Mastering The Dominant Bebop Scale The Dominant Bebop Scale is a scale that can be used over a dominant chord. It has both the major 7th and the flat 7th in the scale so in the key of G the scale would be GABCDEFF#G. The reason that the dominant bebop scale sounds so great is Read More…

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