100 Ultimate Jazz Riffs For "Eb" instruments
Catalog Number: ADG038
Author: Andrew D. Gordon
Publisher: ADG Productions
100 Ultimate Jazz Riffs for Alto Sax and "Eb"instruments by Andrew D. Gordon and Mark Vega consists of, as the title suggests, 100 Jazz riffs based on common chord progressions used in jazz such as the II-V-I, III-VI-II-V etc. in both major and minor keys. There are five separate sections: Jazz Swing, Jazz Ballad, Jazz Funk, Jazz Waltz and Latin Jazz. Each musical example has a single note improvised melody line with the chord progression At the end of the book there is the chord progression for the popular jazz standard "Blue Moon" showing you how to use various examples from the 100 riffs to create an improvised solo over the chord progression.
By demonstrating this technique you can pick most jazz standards and create your own improvisational ideas using the book.
The CD is recorded with the saxophone playing the melody line along with a rhythm section of piano bass and drums. All the examples are recorded with the saxophone and the rhythm section, as well as the rhythm section with out the saxophone and with the more difficult examples the rhythm section is recorded at a slowed down tempo. An absolute must for musicians learning and playing various jazz styles. There are 4 different versions: a version for "C" instruments, "Bb" and "Eb" as well as a version for piano.
The riffs in the book are great. i do like how the book has different styles of playing as well. The cd was very useful and really made a difference as I could hear how it should be played. I also like how it is played at a slower pace and then a faster pace. I only wish that there were many more riffs and other books like this one.
Love it --- can practice one riff per day and be a star! Instrumental cd plays it once and then you can try.
My son and his teacher liked this book a lot. This booked was helpful because he could hear then play. He is imitating until he gets better....
My teacher bought this book for himself. I thought it was so good I also bought a copy. Gives 100 sample Jazz riffs in Swing, Funk, Latin, Ballad, Waltz. Plays the riff once with sax then repeats with just the backing so you can play. Makes you use unfamiliar phrases rather than rely on your favourite runs. Like the author, I found blues solos (relatively) easy but was totally lost when it came to soloing on even the simplest 'standards'. Found the riffs quite interesting, technically a challenge and the chord progression information useful. Some books can be cheesy and boring - not this one. And of course it will improve your sight reading.