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- Scales & Melodic Patterns by Slonimsky -- this book breaks melodic habits & gives your improv more depth. Coltrane used it.
- LearnJazzPiano.com Forum Compilation '01-'02, downloadable pdf
- music book: Randy Halberstadt's "Metaphors For The Musician" - Do you have this? You should: it's one of the best jazz resources on the planet.
- book: Thinking in Jazz: The Infinite Art of Improvisation - this should be required reading.
- book: In The Course of Performance: Studies of improv - approaches, history, "..a general guide to this elusive subject.." - a very good book.
- Herbie Hancock Transcriptions: there is no better way to improve than by studying transcriptions.
- CD: Monty Alexander, Montreaux Alexander - super swinging, one of Scot Ranney's favorite CDs
- CD: Michel Camilo: his self titled debut album is full of fire and latin jazz. Blue Bossa...
- CD: Phinneas Newborn Jr, A World of Piano. This guy was a monster to rival anyone out there, jaw dropping.
- CD: Chick Corea, Friends The sound of Chick playing with Steve Gadd and friends is inspiring.
- CD: Erroll Garner, Concert by the Sea. Many of the great pianists list this as an influence.
- CD: Herbie Hancock, Head Hunters - Chameleon, Watermelon Man, this CD is the beginning of a genre.
- CD: Ramsey Lewis, The In Crowd - no one does the funky boogaloo better than Ramsey Lewis.
- CD: Kenny Barron/Stan Getz: People Time - don't know what else to say about this except it's amazing and you'll love it.
- CD: Oscar & Dizzy duo: you'll never hear two virtuosos playing so many notes and swinging so fast anywhere else.
- CD: Maybeck Series: Monty Alexander - listening to Monty do solo piano is an experience you don't want to miss.
- CD:Maybeck Jazz Piano: Walter Norris - you will wonder where the third hand comes from. He uses all fingers, it's... just check it out.
- CD: Maybeck Jazz Piano: George Cables - a master player who does not get recognized enough. Check this one out.
- CD: Maybeck Jazz Piano: Denny Zeitlin - a jaw dropping experience in jazz piano. Listening to this is like taking a lesson.
- CD: Maybeck Jazz Piano: Norris, Brackeen, Hyman, McKenna - this will BLOW YOU AWAY. Jazz masters at the top of their games.
- CD: Maybeck Jazz Piano: Bill Mays. Mays' is a polished player and his harmony is super hip.
- CD: Maybeck Jazz Piano: Jessica Williams - another inspiring recording. All Maybeck Jazz Piano recitals are worth listening to.
- CD: Maybeck Jazz Piano: Hal Galper - he writes books & music, teaches, and plays jazz piano like none other.
- CD: Maybeck Jazz Piano: Andy Laverne, another piano monster. He has some great latin chops also.
- Real Books: maybe you have them on CD, but there's nothing like having them on the piano! The Standards Real Book • The European Real Book • The New Real Book
- play along: The Jamey Aebersold collection is a great tool for learning standards before you hit the jam sessions.
- book: Technique for Jazz Musicians, by Bert Ligon - exercises & examples in theory and practical application. Top ten jazz book.
- book: Tim Richards, Improvising Blues Piano - this is an excellent book for the beginner or advanced pianist, easy to read, covers everything. A+
- book: Tim Richards, Exploring Jazz Piano 1 - in depth practical study of jazz piano, very well thought out, worth looking into.
- Book: Tim Richards, Exploring Jazz Piano 2 - picks up where vol 1 left off, worth looking into.
- book: Scot Ranney's Jazz Piano Notebook, Volume 1 - Tips and tricks for instant gratification, might be the best jazz book ever ;)
- CD: Marc Seales, New Stories: Speaking out. Marc is a master of music and was Scot's jazz piano mentor.
- CD: Marc Seales: American Songs, Vol 1- super sweet, bluesy, gospelly, jazzy, funky, from Scot's jazz mentor.
- CD: The Paris Suite, Marc Seales - as good or better than anyone out there. Kind of gospel/blues bebop.
- CD: Marc Seales, A Time, A Place, A Journey - Marc is super melodic, super bluesy/gospel, and technically brilliant.
- popular sheetmusic: Edele music is a must for any solo player these days.
- Book: Hal Galper's Forward Motion - from Bach to bebop. You can't go wrong with Hal Galper.
- Keys: The Yamaha XS keyboard is 88 keys of sweetness and your friend on stage.
- Keys: The Yamaha MOTIF XF88 - this keyboard might be the last one you buy. Great feel, great sound.
- Keys: The Nord Stage 2 88 is an incredible keyboard with a very high drool factor. Proves you get what you pay for.
- Tip: Mackie SRM450 Speakers - get 2 for the ULTIMATE keyboard stand! I'll never go back, you gotta check this out.
- software: Transcribing is the easiest way to get good. Download Transcribe! for Windows now! | (download Transcribe! for Mac here)
- Popular sheetmusic: Adele - Someone Like You (great for solo gigs!)
- popular sheetmusic: Adele - Turning Tables (great for the solo gigs!)
- popular sheetmusic: The Potters Hand (great for solo gigs!)
- DVD & Book: Warren Bernhardt - You Can Play Jazz Piano - 3-DVD Set (Bernhardt is a funky version of Bill Evans)
- music book: Mark Levine's, "The Jazz Piano Book" - simply the best jazz piano book there is, LJP grade: A+
- popular sheetmusic: Christina Perri - A Thousand Years (you need music like this for solo gigs)
- Do you want to get really good? "The Teaching of Artur Schnabel: A Guide to Interpretation" will put you on another level.
software: Transcribe is software that helps you get good, period. LJP grade: A+
Zzounds music: another great site for music gear. I've always had a good experience buying from them.
music book: The Jazz Solos of Chick Corea
Dick Hyman's Century of Jazz Piano - software (amazing!)
The Jazz Piano Book by Mark Levine: the best jazz piano book out there, LJP Grade A+
book: Tim Richards, Improvising Blues Piano - an excellent book for the beginner or advanced pianist, hip & covers everything. A+
book: Metaphors for the Jazz Musician by Randy Halberstadt inspires and describes ways to get better. LJP grade A+
music book: Bill Evans: The Bill Evans Collection - solo piano transcriptions. Learn from the master.
music book: Rebecca Mauleon's 101 Montunos gives you that latin jazz piano sound almost immediately. Lots of fun and comes with CDs to jam with.
Jamming with BIAB is hands down the easiest way to learn tunes. A++
Effortless Master by Kenny Werner, the zen master of jazz. A+
Musician's Friend: New and used instruments at great prices. One of my favorite sites for gear.