hi, i'm a beginner jazz piano player and i already own the jazz piano book. the book is kind of difficult for me right now for where i'm at as  a jazz pianist. i would like to get the basics down so i can play jazz songs and i also need help with my improvisation. is it worth it for me to get the jazz theory book also or is the jazz piano book enough?
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i don't own the jazz theory book, but i do own the jazz piano book, so i can't compare.  there's plenty to sink your teeth in the jpb.
i like how he bases concepts on particular artists.
i also own halberstadt's metaphors for the musician, which i find helpful in a performng way.  one thing to remember about levine.
he gives you many recording references that are important to listen to while using the book.  i think if you are a beginner there are plenty of other ways to plug in besides the theory book.
eg. jamie abersold has good material too.
i don't have the jpb but the jazz theory book helped me make more progress figuring things out from a beginner/intermediate knolwedge level than any other resource i tried.  levine is a good teacher and his jtb is clearly written.  i've read a couple of negetive points about a couple of topics but those weren't beginner or intermediate level issues as i remember.  most comments on the book track with my opinion...buy it.
i own both books and i would recommend them both. although there is a significant crossover between the two - especially in the scale theory material, the jazz theory book goes further into certain things, like the blues and coltrane changes. there is also a lot more about reharmonisation and some very useful examples - eg. case study reharmonisations: i hear a rhapsody, body and soul etc.
i have both levine books and they are good, but rather than buy the second one, i recommend you check out tim richards books - exploring jazz piano etc. - there are reviews in the "book reviews" section of this site.
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