Author: Jerome Gray
Copyright © 1971
Published by Puget Music Publications, Inc.
If you are lucky enough to be able to find a copy of this book, or others by Jerome Gray, buy it. You can always sell it for double later on, but you won't, because it's a very cool jazz piano book.
Jerome Gray is unknown to many, but was one of the greatest jazz pianists of his time. There are stories of what might have happened to him at a young age when he suddenly quit playing jazz piano and focused on teaching, arranging, and composing. His series of books, "Jazz Czerny" and others, are simply amazing. I found copies of most of them when I was in school. They are out of print and hard to come by, but if you are looking for some jazz technical exercises, you will not find any better than these. Classical pianists with an interest in jazz will especially find these exercises fun.
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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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