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Approaching the Standards, Volume 1


By Willie L. Hill Jr

Jazz Ensemble E-flat Instruments
E-flat. Composed by Willie L. Hill Jr. Improvisation; Jazz Ensemble Method; Method/Instruction. Jazz Improvisation Series. Jazz; play along. Book & CD. 36 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.SBM00003CD).

Item Number: AP.SBM00003CD

ISBN 0769292194.

For the "fearful to the fearless," Approaching the Standards is an innovative, user-friendly approach to jazz improvisation. Designed for the individual or group, each of the three volumes of this play-along CD contains eight classic jazz tunes. Each volume features a jazz group demo recorded by top pros in a jazz gig setting, clearly written musical examples, jazz vocabulary, transcription opportunities, informative composer insight, and a useful discography. Everything you need to begin improvising or to improve your jazz skills is included in Volumes 1, 2, and 3, available for C, B-Flat, E-Flat, and Bass Clef instruments. Volume 1 includes: Billie's Bounce * On the Trail * Cantaloupe Island * The Preacher * Summertime * Satin Doll * C Jam Blues * I Got Rhythm.
Recorded Acc. Available.

  • I Got Rhythm  Composed by George Gershwin;Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
  • Cantaloupe Island  Composed by Herbie Hancock
  • C Jam Blues (Instrumental)  Additional credits Duke Ellington
  • On The Trail  Composed by Ferde Grofe
  • Satin Doll (Instrumental)  Composed by Billy Strayhorn,Duke Ellington
  • The Preacher (Instrumental)  Additional credits Horace Silver
  • Summertime  Composed by George Gershwin,Du Bose Heyward,Dorothy Heyward;Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
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  • 2010-07-20 00:00:00.0 Excellent content, terrible print quality

    This is an outstanding improvisation method. The play along CD is excellent, the choice of tunes is great, the exercises that accompany each tune are extremely helpful. However, there are two main drawbacks. First, each transposition of the book (Bb, Eb, bass clef, etc.) is sold separately. Second, when my...

    local music store ordered several copies for their inventory, the copies that came were printed so poorly that I can't in good conscience as my private students to buy the book. They look like they were cheaply re-scanned and printed with light gray ink. (It seems the store is stuck with the copies it has.) I'm concerned that if my students were to buy new copies online, they would be of comparably bad quality. Alfred, I hope whatever method you used to print the books will be phased out.

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