so i've had these two books by tim richards for months, many months. my schedule is so busy that i really haven't had time to thoroughly go through them as tim and myself would both like.
i took some time to read through both books and as expected, the jazz books are just as professional and complete as the improvising blues book he wrote.
i'll have a thoroughh review soon, but it hasn't been edited yet and i'm on the road for the next week.
so, bottom line is that these are great books. if these had been around back in the late 80's when i was scavenging every book i could get my hands on, all i would need are tim's books. he literally covers everything, and includes a cd with tracks of all the tunes and more.
that's all for now.
Volume 1 of this educational jazz piano book contains 15 jazz piano exercises, tricks, and other interesting jazz piano techniques, voicings, grooves, and ideas Scot Ranney enjoys playing.
Volume 2 has 14 jazz piano exercises and tricks of the trade, and quite a bit of it is Calypso jazz piano related material, including some Monty Alexander and Michel Camilo style grooves. Jazz piano education is through the ears, but books like this can help.
Volume 3 contains 12 jazz piano exercises and explorations by the acclaimed jazz piano educator, pianist, author, and recording artist Tim Richards.
Volume 4 is by Jeff Brent, a jazz pianist, composer, teacher, and author of "Modalogy" and other acclaimed jazz theory and education books. In this book Jeff shares detailed analysis of transcriptions of live performances. He covers everything from the shape of the songs to the tricks and licks he uses in improvised lines to the ideas behind his lush chord voicings.
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