Location: lexington, ky/phila., pa
Occupation: couch surfer
Information: james booker saved my life in 2012.
i tripped over him on youtube. the young german pianist luca sestak had listed him as a major influence, so i worked backwards from there. i became obsessed with him immediately, and so returned to the piano after twenty-five years away. (my musical history is pretty much limited to punk/blues guitar, and i never got real far with that.)
i've long dealt with those miserable 'usual suspects' that derail so many creative folks, and seem at times to be their birthright to the point that they're part of that job description. abstinent from all of that for nearly two and a half years. the more i read about dr. james--henry butler tune--the deeper and more involved my fascination with him grew. we share a couple of demons.
if i'd not discovered him at that late date, and very sadly from beyond the grave, i might well have kicked off the coil. that's why i tell ppl that james booker saved my life, as pretentious as that might sound.
eff 'em if they can't take a musical reference.
i'm a woman, forty-nine this year, and aging well despite the hard road.
i want to be a sober, working player in a couple of years. if that doesn't come to pass, i want to keep on feeling keen anticipation close to joy whenever i lay hands on a baby grand.
Status: I'm Single
About You: over forty helps. physically healthy. no cigarettes indoors or out. no active addictions.
Likes: booker. longhair. toussaint. m. ball. henry butler. eden brent. dr. john. older little feat/meters/radiators.
pop. country pop. cigarettes, fast food, unhealth, ostentation, anything resembling noisy chewing.
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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