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…

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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