has anyone bought this book?
what do you think about it?  
how is it organized?

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i went through this and john mehegan's other three books like 25 years ago. i know i've still got it lying around somewhere, but haven't got the gumption to go and look for it for you.

to make a long story short, mehegan's series was the state-of-the-art jazz piano bible of the day back then.

you can't go wrong with his books (any of them), although some others here might have recommendations of newer books that cover the same subjects in a different way.
mehegan was a nightmare for me.  you had to be a computer to retain his thoughts.  he doesn't really have a system that is based upon "principles" so much as upon individual kernels that you plug in when the opportunity arises.  i had a tough time.
these mohegan books are the best books for jazz piano ever written.
i also used this and the other john mehegan books over 20 years ago. there are four volumes.  

they are brillant. once you get use to the chord notation, such as ii, v, i...etc they're easy to use. he uses roman numerial notation alot - which actually makes a lot of musical sense as we should be able to transpose any idea/tune to any key. they were a great foundation for me. i haven't seen any books that surpass these. mark levine's books are ok, but after digesting what mehegan explains you won't need much else except a good ear.
i too used the mehegan books way back when there was nothing much else around. they contain some good information, but i don't believe it's true to say that they're the best jazz piano books ever written, or that you don't need any others.  

they are now quite dated, and he doesn't cover half of what you can find in mark levine's books. there again, ml does miss out quite a lot of basic stuff, some of which does appear in the jm books - eg: the block chords section...

one thing i used to find frustrating is that for every tune he says "tranbscribe the melody to manuscript paper" and just gives you the roman numerals. so if you don't have the melody in a fake book or on a record you're stuck. i guess copyright reasons precluded the inclusion of the melodies but i always thought that was a big drawback to the books.

the roman numeral system he uses is sound, and very good training, but for tunes that change key frequently it gets very confusing.  

i don't want to blow my own trumpet, but why not check out my books exploring jazz piano (vols 1 and 2), published by schott? both come with cds. scot gives them a great review in the book review section of this site...
"i don't want to blow my own trumpet..."

dude is that you pictured on the cover?
is there a way for scot to get a cut in the sales?
tim's (dr jazz) books are great and pretty much as far as i can tell, don't leave anything out.  check out the book review area for my full take on all three of the books i've looked at.

exploring jazz piano, volume 1:

exploring jazz piano, volume 2:

improvising blues piano
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ok, i've read the reviews, and you've sold me.  i am going to go out and buy exploring jazz piano, volume 1, and work through it.
great point, tim, about the roman numeral system and its drawbacks.  instead of doing a more pure roman numeral analysis, mehegan actually specifies modulating key centers by name, which kind of defeats the purpose of a functional analysis in my view.

i know there are people here who are big fans of the "a" and "b" voicing sets, and the way mehegan presents them, so i won't go on the attack, but it just seems like such an arbitrary way of constructing a system for the sake of having a neat, tidy system.  i'm not hearing any rigorous kind of tit-for-tat application of this system in the original recordings which set the standard for this lh style.

the second volume (jazz rhythm and the improvised line?  something like that) does have a lot of neat transcriptions that seem pretty accurate.  i was psyched to have both hands of "opus de funk" back when i was more of a reader than a player.  that's a *superb* volume for someone trying to figure things out as played on the recordings.
g! please let us know how you get on with the explorng jazz piano book by tim richards. i too will buy the exploring jazz piano volume 1 once i digest the improvising blues piano book in full. working through the blues book and transposing the exercises in all keys has been a god send for me.

will do.  just bought it today (although it cost me a fortune here in australia).
i bought 'improvising blues piano' yesterday, since i don't really have a book on the blues.  now i am planning a large scale learning project over the next year with tim as my teacher.
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