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…

Approach Note Books and Lessons

“Approach Note Velocity” by Steve Neff Approach Note Velocity is a book that I created for myself so that I could master all the different approach notes in every key.  I have divided the book up into sections by key and have written out the exercises so that you can practice them and read them Read More…

The Ultimate II-V-I Primer

This is the title of a new pdf book that I have written. Basically, it is a step by step introductory approach to learning all your major 7th, minor 7th and dominant 7th chords. I take you through the basics of playing just the roots and then add the 3rds, 5ths, 7ths, 9ths………. The goal Read More…

Chris Potter Transcription Book

While i was searching the internet I stumbled across this site. AJ Kluth has put out a transcription book of Chris Potter solos. I’ve been working on transcribing a few Potter solos so i know first hand that it is an insane task and very time consuming. I just received the book today and am Read More…

Contra Dance Music

About a year ago a soundman and good friend of mine ,Dave Fagan, played a CD through the sound system that immediately caught my attention. It sounded great and I asked him what it was. He said it was “Contra Dance Music” I had never heard of it before. After talking more about it he Read More…

The Serious Jazz Practice Book Review

“The Serious Jazz Practice Book” by Barry Finnerty. I buy many jazz books. As soon as I see a good ad for one I usually give in and am usually a bit disappointed. This book was a huge exception. I bought this from Jamey Aebersold’s site because of the great reviews by professional players. When Read More…

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