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harmony, technique, and improvisation:

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exploring jazz piano, vol 1 and 2, by tim richards, each with a cd full of examples and play along music.

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tim richards proved in his improvising blues piano book that he has the jazz piano knowledge and the focused creativity to put it into words.

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so the bottom line for the exploring jazz piano books by tim richards is that i give them a huge thumbs up.

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these books are from a jazz pianist's point of view and as you progress through them the author doesn't let you forget the bottom line.  how the techniques, harmonies, and other materials work in the real world, when you need them, at the piano.  the cd also includes some tracks with piano and drums only to help work the solo piano chops.

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volume one has chapters 1 through 5 and volume two picks it up with chapters 6 through 10.

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volume 1 chapters: for those new to jazz or who have gone through improvising blues piano, also by tim richards.
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    • major triads
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    • minor triads
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    • seventh chords
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    • functional harmony and modes
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    • ninth chords
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in addition, volume 1 discusses the following standards:
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    • autumn leaves
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    • fly me to the moon
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    • in a sentimental mood
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    • mannenberg
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    • on green dolphin st ('a' section)
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    • ornithology
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    • song for my father
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    • straight no chaser
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    • take the ŒaΉ train.
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volume 2 chapters: for those who have some knowledge of jazz harmony and improvisation.
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    • elevenths, fourths, and quartal harmony
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    • thirteenth chords
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    • diminished chords and scales
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    • altered chords and scales
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    • minor ii-v-1
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volume 2 standards:
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    • beautiful love
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    • blue bossa
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    • blue in green
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    • caravan
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    • impressions
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    • ladybird
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    • misty
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    • on green dolphin street (complete)
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    • softly as in a morning sunrise
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    • summertime
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    • tune up
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    • yesterdays

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these books do not cover the blues and the reason is that the improvising blues piano leaves nothing out.  if you were going to buy one of tim richards books, i would start with improvising blues piano, which is reviewed in a different thread.

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i've always been a fan of transcription, so i was happy to see some nicely analyzed transcriptions by monk, horace silver, oscar peterson, wynton kelly and hampton hawes.  there's also a nice section on transcription in volume 2 with some good ideas that will help get through the transcription process.

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at the end of each book are several appendixes, one of which is called <i>suggested listening</i>, a fairly comprehensive history of jazz pianists, era by era.  each pianist has a biography that includes things like recommended recordings, who they played with, and what influence their playing may have had jazz piano today.

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each of the chapters covers ten or so topics that are broken down into logical sections.  you'll find as much music as text in the book, ranging from standard jazz tunes, exercises, improvisation patterns, chord progressions, or in many cases, a tim richards original tune.

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the first two chapters of volume 1 are devoted to major and minor triads.  it's refreshing to see someone spend time with an important aspect of harmony that is often mistakenly brushed aside in other books and jazz texts.

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tim richards obviously understands that jazz pianists today are into a lot of different styles.  he's given his musical examples a variety of feels like bebop, calypso, 12/8 blues, altered times, latin feels, and others to give everyone a little of what they are looking for.

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important jazz concepts like improvisation, harmony, comping, theory, and technique are found throughout the books, in every topic of every chapter.  in addition, there are tips and other suggestions on ways to incorporate those concepts into your playing, and this is one of the most powerful aspects of these books.

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what puts these books ahead of the pack is that tim richards is able to touch on the important points of each topic and section as they relate to to a jazz musician, including the all important <i>how to use them.</i>

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for example, in volume 1, chapter 4, functional harmony and modes, one of the sub topics is autumn leaves which is found just after a bossa nova comping section and a thorough investigation of fly me to the moon.

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in the autumn leaves section, tim richards goes over the key centers of the tune, lays down a discussion of melodic interpretation, reminds you about left handed voicings (with page numbers referenced for more detailed information), and even talks about using counterpoint melodic ideas in the inner voice.  there's an entire page devoted to shell voicings.  the next page is the autumn leaves assignment which includes memorizing the song (and methods of doing it), different ways of playing the tune, modal improvisation, ways of phrasing your imrprovisation, and tips for listening to various ground breaking recordings of this song.

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there are way too many topics to list here, but a small sample  includes bebop scales, rhythm changes, stride piano, how to swing, quartals, walking bass lines, latin rhythms, ear-training, two handed voicings, minor blues, and tritone substitution.  the information overlaps nicely and cross-references itself regularly so it's easy to get more information on ideas you want to check out more thoroughly.

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when it comes to tim richards books, your plate is full and you don't go away hungry.  there's a lot to digest in these books, but the nice thing is you can also open them up at random and find something useful to work on.  these books are as good in bits and pieces as they are whole.

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i'm happy to say that it looks like tim richards takes solo jazz piano seriously, which is nice because solo jazz piano <i>is</i> serious.  i find that most books on jazz piano tend to skip over the most important part, being able to sit down and play a solo jazz piano performance.  you are never far away from something relates to your solo piano playing.

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there are a lot of books with chords, theory, lines, and licks, but in order to hold a steady solo piano gig, you need to know how to put that stuff together into music, and not just comping and bebop lines.  it took me a long time to figure out the solo piano thing, but i didn't have books like this to work with.

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i wish these books had been around when i was pouring over everything i could find.  tim richards <i>exploring jazz piano</i> books would have made the journey less frustrating because the ideas and techniques in them are presented clearly and make perfect sense.

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the books are also full of anecdotes, great photos and historical facts regarding musicians and jazz, and a plenty of tid-bits from the author such as when he met or played with someone that give it a nice personal touch.

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what has put these books over the top is that the author is very good at supporting you as you get your mind around new material because he keeps it fun while being serious and helping you figure out how to use it in your playing.

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the jazz piano material found in books like <i>exploring jazz piano</i> can be difficult to put into writing and you'll find that it's often presented poorly.  tim richards has done a great job of presenting difficult material in a fun and focused way.

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i recommend these books to anyone looking for a complete guide to playing jazz piano.
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<i>~scot ranney, jan 13, 2008</i>---------------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.
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