World's Largest Sheet Music Selection


Essential Jazz Lines: In the Style of Bill Evans - Piano

By Corey Christiansen and Per Danielsson

Piano - Intermediate
Composed by Corey Christiansen and Per Danielsson. Squareback saddle-stitched, Improvisation. Essential Jazz Lines. Jazz play along. Book/CD Set. 48 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.99864BCD).

Item Number: MB.99864BCD

ISBN 9780786662678. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

Bill Evans (1929-1980) is one of the highest regarded jazz pianists in the history of jazz. His harmonic and rhythmic language in combination with superb taste and technical perfection places him in a category by himself. His style of harmonization and improvisation has been an inspiration to countless pianists as well as other instrumentalists in the field of jazz. This book of original musical studies and analyses by Corey Christiansen and Per Danielsson is designed to help you develop your own personal improvising style. It presents numerous musical lines with chord symbols in the style of Bill Evans, grouped by the harmony they can be used against. The accompanying play-along CD provides a rhythm section backup for each of the exercises. To help the player master all keys, each section also has a play-along on the CD that modulates around the circle of fourths. Some of the techniques used in the style of Bill Evans are discussed and examples shown, helping musicians analyze each of the ideas presented, further insuring mastery of these ideas. When assimilated into the student's musical vocabulary, these ideas will help students create their own original jazz solos.

  • Bill Evans 
  • Jazz Language 
  • Guide Tones 
  • Scales 
  • Dorian 
  • Be-Bop Scales 
  • Harmonic Minor 
  • Melodic Minor 
  • Diminished Scale 
  • 3 to b9 
  • Playing the Upper Structure of Chords 
  • Targeting 
  • Minor Chord Material 
  • Minor Chord Vamp 
  • Minor Moving in Fourths 
  • Dominant Chord Material 
  • Dominant Seventh Vamp 
  • Dominant Seventh Moving in Fourths 
  • One Measure ii-V (short ii-V) Material 
  • Short ii-V Vamp 
  • Short ii-V Moving in Fourths 
  • Two Measure (Long ii-V) Material 
  • Long ii-V Vamp 
  • Long ii-V Moving in Fourths 
  • Major Chord Material 
  • Major Chord Vamp 
  • Major Moving in Fourths 
  • Minor ii-V Material 
  • Minor ii-V Vamp 
  • Minor ii-V Moving in Fourths 
  • Play-Alongs 
  • Short ii-V-I Vamp 
  • Short ii-V-I Moving in Fourths 
  • Long ii-V-I Vamp 
  • Long ii-V-I Moving in Fourths 
  • Minor ii-V-i Vamp 
  • Minor ii-V-I Moving in Fourths 
  • Turnarounds 
  • Turnaround Vamp 
  • Turnaround Moving in Fourths 
  • Etude 
  • Play-Along Recordings 
  • Progression similar to "Pent Up House" 
  • Progression similar to "Confirmation" 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Difficulty Level:
  • 2010-10-16 00:00:00.0 Great

    This is an awesome book. It is exactly as advertised. I think the negative reviewers were expecting something else. This book is part of a series on learning jazz lines, and was never intended to be a chordal study, a beginner's level book, nor an in-depth study of...

    Bill Evans' style.

    Read More
    25 of 47 people found this review helpful.
    Was this review useful? Yes No
  • 2

    Dallas, TX
    Difficulty Level:
  • 2009-02-19 00:00:00.0 Not a "Piano Edition" as Claimed

    The play along CD is high quality, but it is like listening to a jazz guitarist soloist, rather than providing bass and drum accompaniment for piano. The "piano" edition inadvertently refers to "the guitar" in some of the text. There is no demonstration of the exercises on piano. It is...

    far beyond beginner level. I sent it back.

    Read More
    27 of 51 people found this review helpful.
    Was this review useful? Yes No
  • 3

    Jim Yutzy
    Cumberland, Md.
    Difficulty Level:
  • 2009-02-18 00:00:00.0 Conflicted

    I am a fanatic for the piano stylism of Bill Evans and have no desire to disparage any effort to teach his idiom. I just wanted a little more. I wanted to see chord structures and they were not included.

    22 of 42 people found this review helpful.
    Was this review useful? Yes No
Close X

I am a music teacher.