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is a first. It presents ten of the most frequently played and
important tunes from the mainstream jazz genre in the signature licks
format. You'll find the favorite compositions of Miles Davis, Sonny
Rollins, and Duke Ellington alongside perennial standards from Jerome
Kern, Erroll Garner, and Antonio Carlos Jobin interpreted by the
leading exponents of jazz guitar.
Every effort has been made to locate
renditions of the material which contain definitive performances by
the individual artists and which provide significant contrasting
approaches between the various players. Accordingly, a wide selections
of tunes in varied settings from duets and trios to larger ensembles
is offered. There is something from every major epoch. The pieces
range from the genesis of jazz guitar in the swing style of Charlie
Christian to the subsequent innovations of Kenny Burrell, Tal Farlow,
Jim Hall, and Barney Kessell, and the hard bop and mainstream tangents
of Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, George Benson, and Pat Martino.
In understanding the way in which a jazz artist
approaches the core repertoire, one can glean much about the creative
process at work and still more about the unique attributes of an
individual and the choices an improvising musician makes during
performance. That is the essence of this volume -- to present not only
the actual notes played (via the note-for-note transcriptions), but to
explore the paths taken by the player during the heat of the moment.
Annotations provide technical analysis and performance notes shed
light on the musical idiosyncrasies of each excerpt while biographical
sketches underscore the historical significance of each guitarist.
Finally, the authentic matching audio with backing tracks will
facilitate the acquisition of your own powers of improvisation.
Through studying and assimilating the vocabulary and the work of the
masters, you will be on your way to finding and developing your own
voice and saying with it what cannot be expressed with words -- the
goal of improvising musicians everywhere.
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