(Keyboard Instruction). In this book in the Hal Leonard Keyboard Style Series, author John Valerio provides essential, detailed information for bebop and jazz pianists on the following topics: chords and voicings, harmony and chord progressions, scales and tonality, common melodic figures and patterns, comping, characteristic tunes, the styles of Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, and much more. The accompanying CD features many of the examples in the book performed either solo or with a full band. Also included are combo performances of five of the tunes featured at the end of the book.
This book is the 2nd volume in a series designed to help the student of jazz piano learn and apply jazz scales by mastering each scale and its uses in improvisation. Each book focuses on a different scale, illustrating the scale in all twelve keys with complete fingerings. Also provided are chords and left hand voicings to match, exercises and etudes to help apply the material to improvising, ideas for further study and listening, and detailed instructions and suggestions on how to practice the material.
Following the best-selling Jazz Piano Chords, this informative volume provides a scale reference and practice tool for any pianist wanting to learn to play jazz. Starting with diatonic, pentatonic, symmetrical and exotic scales, more advanced composer and jazz scales are introduced. the following discussion of polytonality, alternating scales, using scales with chords and scale chords represents the dominating concepts of contemporary jazz. the book ends with extensive 12-key libraries of scales, and scales arranged by chords. Learning to use these scales will help any pianist play with more tonal and modal variety, color, freedom and interest.
Release on 1993-09-09 | by the late David H. Rosenthal
Jazz and Black Music 1955-1965
Author: the late David H. Rosenthal
Pubpsher: Oxford University Press
It's nineteen fifty-something, in a dark, cramped, smoke-filled room. Everyone's wearing black. And on-stage a tenor is blowing his heart out, a searching, jagged saxophone journey played out against a moody, walking bass and the swish of a drummer's brushes. To a great many listeners--from African American aficionados of the period to a whole new group of fans today--this is the very embodiment of jazz. It is also quintessential hard bop. In this, the first thorough study of the subject, jazz expert and enthusiast David H. Rosenthal vividly examines the roots, traditions, explorations and permutations, personalities and recordings of a climactic period in jazz history. Beginning with hard bop's origins as an amalgam of bebop and R&B, Rosenthal narrates the growth of a movement that embraced the heavy beat and bluesy phrasing of such popular artists as Horace Silver and Cannonball Adderley; the stark, astringent, tormented music of saxophonists Jackie McLean and Tina Brooks; the gentler, more lyrical contributions of trumpeter Art Farmer, pianists Hank Jones and Tommy Flanagan, composers Benny Golson and Gigi Gryce; and such consciously experimental and truly one-of-a-kind players and composers as Andrew Hill, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Charles Mingus. Hard bop welcomed all influences--whether Gospel, the blues, Latin rhythms, or Debussy and Ravel--into its astonishingly creative, hard-swinging orbit. Although its emphasis on expression and downright "badness" over technical virtuosity was unappreciated by critics, hard bop was the music of black neighborhoods and the last jazz movement to attract the most talented young black musicians. Fortunately, records were there to catch it all. The years between 1955 and 1965 are unrivaled in jazz history for the number of milestones on vinyl. Miles Davis's Kind of Blue, Charles Mingus's Mingus Ah Um, Thelonious Monk's Brilliant Corners, Horace Silver's Further Explorations--Rosenthal gives a perceptive cut-by-cut analysis of these and other jazz masterpieces, supplying an essential discography as well. For knowledgeable jazz-lovers and novices alike, Hard Bop is a lively, multi-dimensional, much-needed examination of the artists, the milieus, and above all the sounds of one of America's great musical epochs.
"This book is an attempt to address the techniques of piano playing as applied to the playing of jazz. It is also an attempt to address theoretical knowledge, and the application of coherent thinking when improvising jazz music. Many aspects of preparation are outlined, including scales, chords, chord symbols, chord/scale relationships, voicings, voice-leading, and the creation of melody."--Introduction
The contents of this textbook are training exercises and practical examples. the training sections include various combinations and patterns which will help in developing a jazz-like approach. These exercises can be considered as source material for developing your own ad-lib phrases. As for the practical examples, the phrases included here are not taken literally from any particular jazz pianist, but rather embody well known patterns typical of the bebop and post-bebop eras. Aimed at intermediate students to develop their potential of ad-lib solos, but is also good for beginners to train their fingers and ears for the future.
Scot Ranney's ""Jazz Piano Notebook"" series is a collection of jazz piano books written by Scot Ranney and other jazz pianists. Volume 3 is by Tim Richards, a renown jazz pianist, composer, and author of the acclaimed ""Improvising Blues Piano"" and ""Exploring Jazz Piano"" series' and other books [Schott Music]. ""These are routines I believe are beneficial to anyone who understands the basics of jazz harmony and improvisation. I hope they throw a new slant on familiar chord sequences, or suggest new directions in your playing."" Tim has been a presence on the international jazz scene since the early 80s and has over a dozen albums out as a leader, featuring line-ups from duo to nine-piece. The tips and exercises in this book will help strengthen the connection between your ears and fingers to make it easier to play what you want. Level: Intermediate to advanced. Paperback binding.
The most comprehensive book ever written on how to create the 4-note, block-chord approach to jazz piano playing used by masters like McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans, Barry Harris, Cedar Walton, etc. In this book, world-renowned pianist and educator Mark Levine provides a step-by-step, beginning to advanced, masterclass on how to create, practice and extend this most useful appraoch to jazz chord voicings.
Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop
Author: Guthrie P. Ramsey
Pubpsher: Univ of California Press
Bud Powell was not only one of the greatest bebop pianists of all time, he stands as one of the twentieth century’s most dynamic and fiercely adventurous musical minds. His expansive musicianship, riveting performances, and inventive compositions expanded the bebop idiom and pushed jazz musicians of all stripes to higher standards of performance. Yet Powell remains one of American music’s most misunderstood figures, and the story of his exceptional talent is often overshadowed by his history of alcohol abuse, mental instability, and brutalization at the hands of white authorities. In this first extended study of the social significance of Powell’s place in the American musical landscape, Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. shows how the pianist expanded his own artistic horizons and moved his chosen idiom into new realms. Illuminating and multi-layered, The Amazing Bud Powell centralizes Powell’s contributions as it details the collision of two vibrant political economies: the discourses of art and the practice of blackness.