Miles of Modes (Sing-a Long)

116: Miles of Modes (Jazz Play-A-Long for All Instrumentalists)
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What do you play when you have one chord for 8 or 16 bars? The Modal Jazz era presented new challenges for improvisers, spawning a fruitful period rich in new ideas, concepts, and harmonic exploration. This play-along includes several “standard” forms and important practice tracks; many of which are “period accurate” and others which are stylistically more contemporary. These practice tracks are designed to foster understanding, facility, and familiarity. Many of the first tracks are slow, making them perfect for beginners. Intermediate and advanced players will enjoy the opportunity to double-time and experiment with an endless array of chord/scale substitutions….

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Vol. 51, Night & Day (Book & CD Set) (Sing-a Long)

Night & Day
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Thirteen of the most popular songs ever produced by composers such as George Gershwin and Cole Porter. Like jazz tunes, many of these originated from Broadway shows. Beautiful ballads, bluesy slow swings, soaring melodies, interesting bridges, and daring lyrics have all been discovered and reinvented by Jazz’s most influential players including Monk, Tatum, Parker, and Brecker. Rhythm Section: Jim McNeely (p); Steve Gilmore (b); Bill Goodwin (d). Titles: Embraceable You * Night and Day * The Man I Love * Tea for Two * I Got Rhythm * Three Little Words * I’m a Fool to Want * Just One….

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Vol. 67, Tune Up – Standards In All 12 Keys (Book & CD Set)

Vol. 67, Tune Up - Standards In All 12 Keys (Book & CD Set) (Jazz Play-A-Long for All Instrumentalists)
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Intermediate. One of the most important exercises one can attempt in jazz is to play tunes in all twelve keys. But often, this seems mysteriously difficult – Where do you begin? How can you hear the changes in those ‘odd’ keys? Now anyone can do it with this fantastic Play-A-Long of 7 easy to medium difficulty songs in all twelve keys! The professional rhythm section provides the energy to really inspire you, and is absolutely rock solid. The first chorus for each tune is in the standard (original) key, followed by choruses in the 11 other keys.Rhythm Section: Dan Haerle….

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Vol. 60, Freddie Hubbard (Book & CD Set) (Play-a-Long)

Vol. 60, Freddie Hubbard (Book & CD Set) (Jazz Play-a-Long)
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Intermediate/Advanced. 11 bandstand favorites composed and/or recorded by one of Jazz’s greatest trumpet innovators. Different than most of our other volumes where many tunes incorporate new musical influences and styles such as rock, latin, and fusion. Perfect for anyone wishing to ‘spice up’ their repertoire. 6 high-powered professional musicians back you up in a variety of combinations to give every song a different feel and make the music come alive!Rhythm Section: Dan Haerle & Mark Levine (p); Todd Coolman & John Goldsby (b); Ed Soph & Barry Ries (d). Includes: Birdlike, Little Sunflower, Coral Keys, Pensativa, Crisis, Red Clay, Dear….

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Vol. 50, The Magic Of Miles Davis (Book & CD Set) (Play-a-Long)

Aebersold Play A Long Vol 50 The Magic of Miles (Book and CD)
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A slice of Miles’ career from 1957 to 1964 where he was at the apex of his popularity. An example of Miles’ unparalleled influence as a trumpeter, composer, and band leader, his sidemen, Cannonball Adderly, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, David Liebman, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, and Wayne Shorter have all had compositions presented in this series! Commemorating the 50th Play-A-Long are the classic tunes that Miles made famous. Rhythm Section: Mark Levine (p); Todd Coolman (b); Steve Davis (d) Includes: All Blues Nardis So What Eighty-One Joshua Blue In Green Freddie Freeloader Milestones (New) Seven Steps To Heaven

Vol. 65, 'Four' And More (Book & CD Set) (Play-a-Long With B3 Organ)

Vol. 65, 'Four' And More (Book & CD Set) (Play-a-long With B3 Organ)
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Intermediate. More high energy, finger poppin’ favorites from the Hammond B-3 Organ of Hank Marr. Here, Hank and Steve come together again, swingin’ from note one and make each song a real thrill to play. Many of these standards are as well known as you’ll ever find. Increase your jazz repertoire and have a blast in the process. Slower learning tempos throughout.Rhythm Section: Hank Marr (Hammond B-3); Steve Davis (d). Includes: Four, Jeannine, Giant Steps, Confirmation, Nica’s Dream, Tune Up, Oleo, Along Came Betty, Blues For Alice, Moments Notice, Stablemates, Moonlight In Vermont, Good Bait, Take The ‘A’ Train, Perdido,….

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Vol. 49, Sugar (Book & CD Set) (Play-a-Long With B3 Organ)

Vol. 49, Sugar (Book & CD Set) (Play-a-long With B3 Organ)
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All Levels. Nothing beats the thumpin’ sound and feel of the Hammond B3 Organ. People from the great Jimmy Smith to the young and exciting Joey DeFrancesco have demonstrated its unique ability to swing hard! Now, for the first time, you can take advantage of the opportunity to play along with two of Jazz’s finest. Once you try it, you’ll be hooked! The song selection is perfect for the organ, as many have an inherent ‘bluesy’ sound. You’ll find playing lyrically much easier and you’ll love the heavy blues flavoring. Don’t miss this one!Rhythm Section: Hank Marr (Organ & Synthesizer);….

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Vol. 57, Minor Blues In All 12 Keys (Book & CD Set) (Play-a-Long)

Vol. 57, Minor Blues In All 12 Keys (Book & CD Set) (Play-a-long)
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All Levels. Here we have a typical minor blues in all 12 keys. Few chord progressions offer the freedom and variety of expression found in the minor blues progression. Great players have all approached this chord progression in a variety of ways. Often, they attack each chord vertically in its pure form or play horizontally across the progression, usually with a blues or minor pentatonic scale. Some take all or part of the changes harmonically ‘out.’

Rhythm Section: Rob Schneiderman (p); Rufus Reid (b); Akira Tana (d).

Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life, Vol. 66 (Book & CD)

Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life, Vol. 66 (Book & CD)
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Intermediate. Billy Strayhorn is one of the best-loved, yet underrated composers of jazz. His famous collaborations with and for The Duke Ellington Band have become some of jazz’s most enduring standards. Now, for the first time, you can discover for yourself Strayhorn’s unique and beautiful style. Discover why Ellington felt such an affinity for this man’s compositions.

Rhythm Section: Hal Galper (p); Lynn Seaton (b); Steve Davis (d). Includes: Lush Life, Satin Doll, Take The ‘A’ Train, Rain Check, A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing, My Little Brown Book, Blood Count, Isfahan, Drawing Room Blues, Chelsea Bridge, Johnny Come Lately, UMMG.

Vol. 99, Tadd Dameron – Soultrane (Book & CD Set) (Play-a-Long)

Vol. 99, Tadd Dameron - Soultrane (Book & CD Set) (Play-a-long)
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Intermediate/Advanced. Tadd Dameron was one of the first great arrangers and composers in the Bebop era, contributing to many small groups and big bands throughout his career. Presented here is a tribute to Tadd; a collection of his most often played compositions that capture the heart and soul of the bop/post-bop era.

Rhythm Section: Andy LaVerne (p); Rufus Reid (b); John Riley (d). Includes: Ladybird, Good Bait, Soultrane, Super Jet, Hot House, Our Delight, Mating Call, You’re A Joy, Tadd’s Delight, On A Misty Night, The Scene Is Clean, If You Could See Me Now.