A Musician’s Guide to Free Jazz ImprovisationIn Beyond Time and Changes, acclaimed jazz trombonist, pianist, composer, arranger, teacher and author Hal Crook offers a methodology to guide the advancing improviser through the un-chartered musical territory known as free jazz.Beyond Time and Changes shows improvisers how to prepare for soloing and comping in free settings by exploring the issues of musical accuracy, musicality and continuity (motive development) on form, and then reveals how to create structure and order within free settings by using the known to navigate the unknown.With the aid of lucid explanations, concise musical examples, practical exercises, solo transcriptions and a compelling demonstration CD featuring 17 performances by the author and a stellar rhythm section, Beyond Time and Changes solves the mystery long associated with how to make free improvisation make sense—without losing your freedom in the process.´´Hal Crook is perhaps the freest and most technically adept and imaginative trombonist we have, and Beyond Time and Changes is a sure winner. Highly recommended.” (Bob Brookmeyer)´´Beyond Time and Changes says it all. Go for it, Hal! I only have a few idols, and you are all of them!” (George Garzone - Saxophonist with ´´The Fringe”)´´Beyond Time and Changes is the ultimate literature on improvisation. The demo CD is proof positive; Hal Crook is the chief of improvisation.” (Frank Mobus - Guitarist and leader of ´´Der Rote Bereich”)
The Guitar in America offers a history of the instrument from America´s late Victorian period to the Jazz Age. The narrative traces America´s BMG (banjo, mandolin, and guitar) community, a late 19th-century musical and commercial movement dedicated to introducing these instruments into America´s elite musical establishments. Using surviving BMG magazines, the author details an almost unknown history of the guitar during the movement´s heyday, tracing the guitar´s transformation from a refined parlor instrument to a mainstay in jazz and popular music. In the process, he not only introduces musicians (including numerous women guitarists) who led the movement, but also examines new techniques and instruments. Chapters consider the BMG movement´s impact on jazz and popular music, the use of the guitar to promote attitudes toward women and minorities, and the challenges foreign guitarists such as Miguel Llobet and Andres Segovia presented to America´s musicians. This volume opens a new chapter on the guitar in America, considering its cultivated past and documenting how banjoists and mandolinists aligned their instruments to it in an effort to raise social and cultural standing. At the same time, the audiobook considers the BMG community within America´s larger musical scene, examining its efforts as manifestations of this country´s uneasy coupling of musical art and commerce. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Chekijian. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/021128/bk_acx0_021128_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
National Book Award, Nonfiction, 2004The grandson of a slave, Dr. Ossian Sweet moved his family to an all-white Detroit neighborhood in 1925. When his neighbors attempted to drive him out, Sweet defended himself, resulting in the death of a white man and a murder trial for Sweet. There followed one of the most important (and shockingly unknown) cases in Civil Rights history. Also caught up in the intense courtroom drama were legal giant Clarence Darrow and the newly formed National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Highly esteemed history professor, author and editor Kevin Boyle was presented with the National Book Award for this stunning literary achievement. Arc of Justice artfully captures a tumultuous period in American history as it tells a shocking story of violence and racial strife. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lizan Mitchell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/001090/bk_reco_001090_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Once described by the Guardian as ´one of the greatest voices of her generation´, Eva Cassidy had a diverse reprtoire of jazz blues folk and pop music. She remained virtually unknown in her lifetime but has been afforded great critical and popular acclaim following the posthumous release of her vocal recordings.This songbook collects some of her most famous and best-loved arrangements for guitar and voice. Contains tablture, standard notation, chords and lyrics.
It´s the musical find of the century! A previously unknown Gershwin work, brought to light with the help of Michael Feinstein, who worked closely with Ira Gershwin from 1977 to 1983. This engaging character piece, with its fresh harmonies, sophisticated jazz rhythms and unmistakable signature style is pure Gershwin from beginning to end. The work is relatively short, making it especially suitable for programming as an encore, and is also a perfect choice for your next pops concert.
DescriptionPiano and Vocal arrangements of every song from Eva Cassidy´s posthumous anthology album, Songbird, complete with full lyrics and guitar chord boxes. Classified in genres ranging from Jazz to traditional R & B, Eva Cassidy effortlessly blended styles with her rich, natural voice creating sublime beautiful songs. This album contains a fantastic mix and exemplifies her fantastic voice. Despite her sensitive and soulful voice she remained largely unknown outside Washington D.C., until her influence was tragically cut short by melanoma in November 1996 at the age of 33. Songbird has become Eva Cassidy´s legacy, featuring familiar traditional songs: including Wade In The Water, Wayfaring Stranger and her signature tune, a unique arrangement of Over the Rainbow.SonglistAutumn LeavesFields Of GoldI Know You By HeartOh, Had I A Golden ThreadOver The RainbowPeople Get ReadySongbirdTime Is A HealerWade In The WaterWayfaring Stranger
In The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, Jeffrey C. Stewart offers the definitive biography of the father of the Harlem Renaissance, based on the extant primary sources of his life and on interviews with those who knew him personally. He narrates the education of Locke, including his becoming the first African American Rhodes Scholar and earning a PhD in philosophy at Harvard University, and his long career as a professor at Howard University. Locke also received a cosmopolitan, aesthetic education through his travels in continental Europe, where he came to appreciate the beauty of art and experienced a freedom unknown to him in the United States. And yet he became most closely associated with the flowering of black culture in Jazz Age America and his promotion of the literary and artistic work of African Americans as the quintessential creations of American modernism. In the process he looked to Africa to find the proud and beautiful roots of the race. Shifting the discussion of race from politics and economics to the arts, he helped establish the idea that black urban communities could be crucibles of creativity. Stewart explores both Locke´s professional and private life, including his relationships with his mother, his friends, and his white patrons, as well as his lifelong search for love as a gay man. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Andrew Quinn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/015785/bk_tant_015785_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
DescriptionAmazing Phrasing Amazing Phrasing is for any keyboard player interested in learning how to improvise and how to improve their creative phrasing. Songlist[Unknown]Accents Within PhrasesAn Attitude Of ConfidenceArpeggiosBaladBe TastefulBossa NovaBuilding A SoloChromatic Passing ChordsChromatic PickupsChromatic Side-slippingClassical (Theme And Variations)Combo VoicingsCommon TonesCrazy LyricsExtra ChordsHarmonizing With Chord TonesHarmonyJazz WaltzLaying BackLeft-hand RhythmsLicks, Riffs, And RunsMelodic EmbellishmentMelodyPlaying For DancersPlaying OutsideQuartal Chord VoiingsRhythm And StyleRhythmic DisplacementRockSalsa/Afro-cubanScale AccentsSlow And BluesySolo VoicingsSoloing MelodicallySpread ChordsSus ChordSwingThe Other Blues ScaleThe Bass LineThe Blues ScaleThe Dorian ScaleThe I-vi-ii-v ProgressionThe Major ScaleThe Mixolydian ScaleThe Scale/Chord ApproachThe Swing ThingThirds And SixthsTroubleshootingUp-tempo Jazz And BebopWhen Adding Extensions Doesn´t WorkWorking With SingersWorking Without A BassistYour First Guitar Rag
It’s an unseasonably hot April night in 1965. The social revolutions rocking America have mostly bypassed Burr, a tiny rural community in Western Oklahoma. Like much of the state, Burr remains as it’s always been: religious. Conservative. And 100 percent white. When an unknown young African American woman is found murdered on the railroad tracks outside town, most of Burr would rather look the other way. The town’s police chief, troubled local hero and ex-Marine Emmett Hardy, doesn’t have that luxury. A lover of books and jazz in the land of football and country and Western, Emmett is an outsider in a place he knows like the back of his hand. In his search for the killer, he’s forced to slice through layers of hate and hypocrisy to confront the ethical rot at the town’s core while being haunted by the vision of a life and love that might have been. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Doug Greene. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/123833/bk_acx0_123833_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.