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Modern Jazz Voicings

Arranging for Small and Medium Ensembles

By Ken Pullig

Jazz Ensemble
Arranging for Small and Medium Ensembles. Berklee Guide. Instruction, Jazz. Softcover Audio Online. 144 pages. Published by Berklee Press (HL.50449485).

Item Number: HL.50449485

ISBN 0634014439. 9x12 inches. Ted Pease and Ken Pullig.

The definitive text used for the time-honored Chord Scales course at Berklee College of Music, this book concentrates on scoring for every possible ensemble combination and teaches performers and arrangers how to add color, character and sophistication to chord voicings. Topics covered include: selecting appropriate harmonic tensions, understanding jazz harmony, overcoming harmonic ambiguity, experimenting with unusual combinations and non-traditional alignments, and many more. The accompanying online audio includes performance examples of several different arranging techniques. The audio tracks feature PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.

“A no-nonsense, meat and potatoes source of basic and not-so-basic information about everything relating to jazz writing – covers several courses worth of information.”

– Kenny Werner

Pianist, Composer and Author of Effortless Mastery

  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Daniel Maudonnet
    Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 2005-05-12 00:00:00.0 Great book for arrangers

    Modern Jazz Voicings teaches how to write in fourths, clusters and uppers structure triads in an easy way. The best feature in this book is the recording examples. Any book that claims to be a great arranging book needs to have decent recording examples. The readers can easily digest the...

    techniques since they are available to their ears. Also, the recordings not only include horn section, but they use different orchestration to illustrate the voicings explained. Berklee teaches this course called as Chord Scale Theory. I strongly recommend this book.

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  • 5

    Jeff Walton
    Pittsburg, CA
  • 2002-11-30 00:00:00.0 You will use this book!

    I play in a Latin Rhythm band in San Jose and do all the arranging for our five member horn section. This book gave me several cool ways to write for our combination that provide me with more voice options than I had before. Modern Jazz Voicings by Ted Pease...

    and Ken Pullig also helped me develop my own voicings which I use on the band's originals.

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