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Possession of this collection will enable any musician, independently of level and experience in jazz improvisation mastery , learn the basic styles and genres of jazz, and eventually become a true expert in this. Information for reference (for those who do not know): Jamey Aebersold Jazz Play-A-Long - the world's best collections of exercises for jazz musicians.
Volume 1: How To Play Jazz & Improvise
Beginning/Intermediate. Easy to understand and inspiring for all musicians wishing to explore the secrets of jazz improv. CD includes blues in Bb and F, four dorian minor tracks, four-measure cadences, cycle of dominants, 24-measure song, II/V7 in all keys.
Book includes transposed parts for all instruments. The CD includes Jamey playing exercises from the book. Hear the master clinician show you exactly how it's done!
Volume 2: Nothin' But Blues
Beginning/Intermediate. The blues have contained the very essence of the jazz sound since the 1920s. A player who masters the sound and feel of the blues will play other jazz tunes in a manner that will inspire the listener. Contains 11 different blues melodies and is a natural follow-up to Volume 1 or Volume 21. Tempos are not fast. Presented in various keys with a variety of moods from slow to rock. Chords and scales are written in the staff for each track.
Volume 3: The II/V7/I Progression
Beginning/Intermediate. The most important musical sequence in modern jazz! Contains all the needed scales and chords to each CD track and all are written in the staff. Contains 120 written patterns (transposed for all instruments) and 3 full pages of piano voicings that correspond to the CD. Contains a Scale Syllabus which allows you to find and use various substitute scales, just like professional musicians. CD contains 4 tracks of Jamey playing exercises in a "call and response" fashion over an extended II/V7/I progression that stays in one key at a comfortable tempo. Allows you to practice major, minor, dom. 7th, diminshed, whole tone, half-diminished, Lydian and dim. whole tone scales and chords.
Volume 4: Movin' On
Advanced level. This set contains 9 original songs written by Jamey Aebersold and Dan Haerle. The songs are a challenge but are well worth the effort because they present problems you will encounter when playing jazz tunes. Each tune has the melody and the chord/scale progression written out for all instruments (transposed parts).
Volume 5: Time To Play Music
Beginner/Intermediate. This is your chance! Take the techniques and theory you’ve learned from Volumes 1, 21, 24, 2 & 3 and apply them to a real playing situation on comfortable tunes. A great volume to use when making the transition from learning scales and chords to actually playing melodies and chord progressions. Eight songs written in the style of the great standards. Book contains suggestions for soloing on each tune and a Scale Syllabus.
Volume 6: Charlie Parker - All Bird
Intermediate/Advanced. The essence of modern music is Bebop; considered by many to be the most important music of the 20th century. This set offers a tremendous way to learn 10 songs by the jazz legend, Charlie Parker, the foremost creator of Bebop. All are well-known jazz standards essential for every jazz player. Includes Blues, "rhythm" changes, alternating latin/swing, fast, and standards are all in this outstanding collection. Learn from the master!
Volume 7: Miles Davis
Intermediate/Advanced. 8 jazz originals written by Miles Davis, many recorded twice with one slower track for easier learning, and another track at a common performance tempo. A unique way to learn 8 of the most popular songs of the 50s. Most are considered jazz classics because most musicians have learned them, and all are interesting vehicles for improvising. The interesting chord changes, altered bridges, and logical melodies have been quoted in many compositions throughout the music world. Gain an insight into early Miles and gain an understanding of the transitional bop to post-bop period.
Volume 8: Sonny Rollins
Intermediate/Advanced. These tunes represent a large portion ofthe jazz player's vocabulary and all are considered jazz standards. Songs range from simple to complex, slow tempos to fast. The chord changes on several tunes are such that even the novice improviser can solo using a single scale such as the blues or pentatonic, yet intermediate and advanced players will have plenty of challenge playing on the flowing and natural chord changes. Others present a greater challenge, with fast tempos, 3/4 time signatures and alternating grooves.
Volume 9: Woody Shaw
Intermediate/Advanced. These tunes will become jazz standards. 8 beautiful songs written by Woody Shaw which are a departure from the typical Bebop jazz melodies and chord progressions. The styles and tune formulae represented are Bossa Nova, Waltz, minor blues, alternating bossa/swing and latin/swing, slow and fast. These songs are a welcome departure from typical bebop and swing tunes and are sure to inspire fresh ideas.
Volume 10: David Baker
Intermediate/Advanced. This set is a sleeper! A pioneer in jazz pedagogy, a prolific writer, and one of the finest jazz educators in the world, David Baker has written 8 tunes which contain a wide variety of styles and tempos. Truly performance level material, yet designed to address the needs of advancing improvisers. Challenges in swing, rock, bossa, waltz, slow groove, and ballad.
Volume 11: Herbie Hancock
Beginning/Intermediate. Contains much variety; rock, modal, and swing. 8 songs written by Herbie Hancock that range from the funky "Watermelon Man" to the modal "Maiden Voyage." Beginners will find tunes containing only 3 or 4 chords at relaxed tempos. Intermediate players will enjoy a variety of styles to choose from and advanced players can get into unusual changes and faster tempos. This, like Volumes 5, 17, 54, and 70, is another great ""transitional"" set to take you from learning scales and chords to actually improvising on real jazz standards.
Volume 12: Duke Ellington
Intermediate. Some of the most famous jazz standards in the world from rich, lush ballads to crisp and light swing tunes that every jobbing musician should know. An inspiring way to practice. A great gift for any musician wanting to learn standards, or who plays just for fun! Duke Ellington has probably single-handedly influenced more music and musicians than any other jazz legend.
Volume 13: Cannonball Adderley
Intermediate. All three rhythm section members have played with the Cannonball Adderley quartet, so you are getting it from the authentic source! Catchy melodies, bluesy riffs, and hip changes are the hallmark of this set. Find out what "groovin" is really all about!
Volume 14: Benny Golson
Intermediate/Advanced. This set can help raise your playing to a higher level of proficiency. Benny is one of the most popular jazz composers. This set was produced by Benny Golson, himself, in a New York studio with his own hand-picked musicians, so you know the feel and general approach is 100% authentic. Benny even counts off the tunes! There's no better way to learn these important jazz standards, inside and out!
Volume 15: Payin' Dues
Intermediate/Advanced. Don't overlook this one! Work on these tunes and you will be on your way to learning much of the standard jazz repertoire harmonies and root movements. Chord progressions based on Stella by Starlight, Body and Soul, Cherokee, I'll Remember April, There Will Never Be Another You, What Is This Thing Called Love, It's You Or No One, and The Song Is You with original melodies written by Jamey Aebersold.
Volume 16: Turnarounds, Cycles & II/V7s
Intermediate/Advanced. If you have been working on playing scales, chords, and harmony in general, this set is the next step towards getting your ears and fingers coordinated. This set is a continuation of Volume 3, but in much more depth. Features 23 CD tracks and most go through all 12 keys!
Volume 17: Horace Silver
Beginning/Intermediate. This set contains some of Horace's most famous songs. Tempos are all slow to medium and musical styles & grooves represented include slow 2-beat, rock blues, lush ballad, 32 bar shuffle, bossa and swing. Many of these can be heard on Horace's break-through albums of the 60s and 70s with Joe Henderson, J.J. Johnson, and Woody Shaw.
Volume 18: Horace Silver
Intermediate/Advanced. This set is a challenger but is worth your every effort. With this set and Volumes 17 & 86, a total of 29 Horace Silver songs are at your disposal. Ron Carter and Al Foster have made numerous recordings with Horace Silver and know his music well. The tempos are faster and provide the type of workout that any aspiring musician should welcome. The tremendous feel of the first class rhythm section lifts your playing to new levels, making even the most difficult tunes manageable. Recorded the same day as Volume 17.
Volume 19: David Liebman
Intermediate/Advanced. If you are looking for something different, try this one! This set is unusual because it contains no ii/V7s. The tunes and chord progressions are not usually found in standard jazz songs. These songs are not typical Bebop tunes; they are a step in a new direction with a fresh sound. Recorded after the rhythm section had just worked a week at the Village Vanguard in New York City, so each song on this CD is tight and intense.
Volume 20: Jimmy Raney
Intermediate. A great way to study bebop! This outstanding set includes transcribed solos written and played by Jimmy on the guitar. Used for play along purposes, the special demo track has Jimmy soloing with the rhythm section and playing all 10 solos from the book. A NEW CONCEPT in transcribed solos; you actually see and hear what is played on the demo track. Chord progressions are based on standards and Jimmy has written solos over them.
Volume 21: Gettin' It Together
For all musicians regardless of ability! If you use this set with Volume 1, you will have a solid foundation to meet any new challenge. This set covers major, minor (dorian, harmonic and melodic), dominant 7th, half-diminished, lydian and sus. 4. It also has a very slow blues in F and one in Bb. 31 different tracks with a lot of variety! CD tracks have been recently extended to allow more practice time without interruption.
Volume 22: Favorite Standards
Intermediate/Advanced. Lyrics included. Our first set of jazz and popular standards that players have always enjoyed recording and improvising on. A stellar representation of American popular music that will offer years of enjoyment for all musicians. You need to know these songs.
Volume 23: One Dozen Standards
Intermediate/Advanced. Lyrics included. 12 more great standards to choose from. A complete, balanced set of well-known songs that work as well for a wedding and other professional engagements as they do for a jazz jam session. A fun, no pressure way of learning these important songs, so you'll always be ready for any occasion.
Volume 24: Major & Minor
For all instrumentalists and vocalists. CDs contain 30 extended tracks of recorded background. Great primer for learning basic skills in major and minor keys. Advanced players will want to work on "double-timing", playing "outside" and "side-slipping" in all keys at comfortable tempos. Special tracks have Jamey Aebersold playing various exercises and soloing on his saxophone with actual cuts from Volume 24 so you can hear and see how to use this set. All exercises and sax solos on the demo tracks are transcribed and written out in the book! Pick a different key each day/week/practice.
Volume 25: All Time Standards
Intermediate/Advanced. Lyrics included. The largest collection of standards in the series. This rhythm section has played extensively with jazz legend Phil Woods!
Volume 26: The Scale Syllabus
For all levels, instrumentalists & vocalists. Hear David Liebman solo over every scale listed in the Scale Syllabus. He solos on two versions of each scale: the first is slow and simple, and the second is more complex and fast. Stereo separation allows you to practice and improvise too! David is on one channel and Jamey is on the other. An excellent list of piano voicings are included.
Volume 27: John Coltrane
Intermediate/Advanced. 8 Favorite jazz classics from one of the most innovative and influential jazz artists in history, the great John Coltrane. Includes the haunting ballad Naima. Coltrane's compositions explored many new frontiers and opened up new harmonic doors for all who followed. The crisp, tight rhythm section adds much enjoyment to this unique Play-A-Long.
Volume 28: John Coltrane
Intermediate/Advanced. 8 more classic compositions for all musicians wishing to find out what it's all about. Includes the historical "Giant Steps." Coltrane could also "cook" on a simple straight-ahead blues, as evidenced in this set. The rhythm section provides the perfect rhythmic feel for each tune and weaves a beautiful harmonic fabric for you to play along with.
Volume 29: Play Duets With Jimmy Raney
Intermediate/Advanced. Now includes TAB parts in addition to "standard" music notation. All duets are written in C Concert with chord progressions transposed for Bb & Eb. Stereo separation al- lows you to switch off one channel and fill in the missing part. Melodies are written in duet form, followed by Jimmy comping on one channel and soloing on the other. Drummers and Bassists this is for you! There are no other instruments on the CD. Play with the CD in stereo, then separate the channels. Horn players will want to solo while Jimmy accompanies. 10 original tunes based on standard chord progressions in a variety of feels and time signatures. Jimmy's improvised solos are available as a supplemental book.
Volume 30: Rhythm Section Workout
Designed for ALL rhythm section players and teachers. Listen as you would any jazz recording as the melody is played in and out, solo, comp., and trade "4s". Tremendous tool for teachers; allows isolation and careful study of each instrument's role with definitive chapters in the booklet. Includes piano & guitar voicings, transcribed bass lines, and outstanding drum info. Includes transcribed solos by Haerle, Petersen, and Coolman.
Volume 31 - Jazz Bossa Novas
Intermediate/Advanced. It has become standard practice today for the professional musician to play at least one Latin tune in each set for added interest and variety. This popular set contains 10 beautiful and popular Bossa Novas that jazz players have enjoyed for years, played with a distinct "jazz flair" that adds energy and excitment. Complete with melody, chords, and lyrics. Transposed parts for all instruments. These songs, with their crisp, clean, tropical flavor, always seem to find a way of warming up cold practice rooms on a cold day. For meditative and truly authentic "Brazilian" styled Bossa Novas, see our play-a-long Volume 98 "Antonio Carlos Jobim", under "Related Items".
Volume 32 - Ballads
Intermediate/Advanced. He who commands the ballad will command the audience! Here are 8 soulful ballads enjoyed by both musicians and listeners for years. Ballads have always been a challenge to play, but when you hear the right changes played with great feeling by this outstanding rhythm section you'll agree that learning these songs is made much easier. Melodies, chords, and lyrics are included. Transposed parts for all instruments. An excellent learning package for either beginner or pro! Give this one as a gift! Ballads for the serious "slow-lo-ist."!
Volume 33 - Wayne Shorter
Intermediate/Advanced. Wayne Shorter has been voted best composer in Down Beat polls for years. Here is a collection of some his most famous songs from the 60s and 70s. Contains some of the finest melodic and harmonic vehicles used in the Miles Davis and Art Blakey bands of which Wayne was a part of for many years. Experience for yourself Wayne's impressive compositional genius.
Volume 34 - Jam Session
Intermediate/Advanced. These are tunes everyone has heard and every musician should know. The names of the composers and lyricists read like a musical Hall of Fame. 19 tunes from the cream of the golden age of songwriting in America. Lyrics included. NOTE TO BASSISTS: Steve's bass lines to these timeless standards were so terrific we decided to publish them in book form. This is your chance to see what he's doing. See "Related Items" for more information.
Volume 35 - Cedar Walton
Intermediate/Advanced. Jam with this all-star rhythm section on 9 fresh, original tunes by the great Cedar Walton with Cedar on piano! Many of these tunes are well on their way to becoming jazz standards. Several tunes have Cedar's own harmony parts as used on his original recordings! These tunes make great additions to your school Jazz Combo. Hear the sound of authentic "New York" Jazz. Several tunes have written harmony parts too.
Volume 36 - Bebop And Beyond
Intermediate/Advanced. Includes 8 tunes by a variety of jazz greats that have been recorded on many records in the past 40 years and songs by Jamey in the same style. If you listen to jazz records, you've heard these tunes. Composers represented here include such heavies as Tadd Dameron, Thelonious Monk, Ray Brown, and Tommy Flanagan. Smokin' rhythm section keeps you inspired from the first note to the last! Learn and enjoy these great tunes.
Volume 37 - Sammy Nestico
All Levels. Sammy Nestico's charts have been played by more high school, college, and professional big bands than anyone else's. Here's your chance to become intimately familiar with these tunes. This long awaited volume will permit more thorough use of "sectional" time as well as allowing individuals to "woodshed" on their own parts and solos. Discover how well these work as combo tunes.
Volume 38 - Blue Note
Intermediate/Advanced. 15 jazz favorites recorded on one of the finest jazz labels. Captures the spirit, sound, and soul of the Blue Note* era; a variety of tunes spanning the entire spectrum of a standard jazz player's bag. Composers include John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, and more! Includes selected written harmony parts.
Volume 39 - Swing, Swing, Swing
All Levels. 8 time-tested standards span over 75 years of American popular music and all are favorites with every prominent big band and combo from the 20s to the 40s. Artists as diverse as Eubie Blake and Coltrane have enjoyed and performed these classics in their own style; proof of their unending flexibility and popularity.
Volume 40 - 'Round Midnight
All Levels. If you own one Classic jazz recording, there is a good chance it contains at least one of these songs. Offers a good variety of song types, from the beautiful, haunting 'Round Midnight, to the exciting and often played Love For Sale. Complimenting those are some of the best such as George Shearing, Johnny Mandel, and Henry Mancini.
Volume 41 - Body and Soul
All Levels. A large selection of famous standards that will have every musician rushing home from work to play. This set of 17 familiar classics will inspire you to play your best, increase your song list, and equip yourself for any musical situation.
Volume 42 - Blues In All Keys
Beginner/Intermediate. Here is a great way to expand your blues playing in every key! Slow tempos for all levels of ability. Try playing some of the tougher keys without looking at the music and see just how fast your ear takes over. You'll find yourself gaining confidence very quickly and that will greatly improve your soloing. Charlie Parker learned the Blues in all 12 keys before he learned anything else. Transposed for all instruments. Each key contains a different blues melody and two compatible chord/scale progressions.
Volume 43 - Groovin' High
Intermediate/Advanced. Six "must know" bebop tunes and two essential standards you'll play on every gig. Tempos are comfortable. Bebop is the ultimate jazz language builder and most of today's greatest players like Terrence Blanchard, Jerry Bergonzi, Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, and the Brecker's have all used it as a foundation for building their unique styles. It's no doubt they know all the tunes on this set inside and out. The heart of the Jazz Sound!
Volume 44 - Autumn Leaves
All Levels. Sit back and let this exciting New York rhythm section take you on an exhilarating ride through these timeless jazz session favorites. Sultry ballads, exciting bossas, and finger snappin' swing tunes at comfortable tempos makes this a welcome addition to anyone's musical library. Lyrics included.
Volume 45 - Bill Evans
Intermediate/Advanced. Harmonically speaking, Bill Evans remains one of the most influential musicians and composers in jazz. His compositions are among the richest and most original, laced with beautiful, lush alterations and passing chords. This set represents a sampling of Bill's illustrious career from Waltz For Debby, written in 1954, to Laurie, composed in 1979. Others provide unique challenges and give valuable insight into Bill's creative genius. The rhythm section skillfully plays each composition in the Bill Evans style, including his favorite piano voicings. All to provide you with a realistic sense of the Bill Evans mystic.
Volume 46 - Out Of This World
All Levels. A cross section of ageless standards encompassing a wide span of styles and musical periods from Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis, gleaned from Broadway shows, best-selling records and popular musicals. You're guaranteed to find this set to be "Out Of This World". Lyrics included.
Volume 47 - I Got Rhythm - Changes In All Keys
All Levels. Explores the fundamentals of playing the popular chord changes jazzers refer to as "Rhythm Changes." For decades, jazz greats have used this chord progression as a springboard to new interpretations and improvisations. Charlie Parker practiced "I Got Rhythm" in all 12 keys and recorded tunes based on its harmony on at least 28 separate occasions! Includes written melody and solo sections. Special sections contain uniquely designed slow recorded tracks to help you fully understand the harmonies. Includes step-by-step instructions and examples of common "rhythm" techniques and practice, including the use of blues, diminished, pentatonic, and other scales, and playing the "changes." This set has everything you need to get a true performance-quality understanding of "I Got Rhythm" changes!
Volume 48 - Duke Ellington: In A Mellow Tone
Intermediate/Advanced. Play along for fun or use as an opportunity to learn 9 important songs you can use on almost any gig. Ellington's historic compositions have proven themselves equally as worthwhile for small groups as they were for his famous Big Bands and have been recorded by a wide variety of artists such as Johnny Hodges, Miles Davis, Yusef Lateef, and Mulgrew Miller.
Volume 49 - Sugar: Play-A-Long With B3 Organ
All Levels. Nothing beats the thumpin' sound and feel of the Hammond B3 Organ. People from the great Jimmy Smith to the young and exciting Joey DeFrancesco have demonstrated its unique ability to swing hard! Now, for the first time, you can take advantage of the opportunity to play along with two of Jazz's finest. Once you try it, you'll be hooked! The song selection is perfect for the organ, as many have an inherent "bluesy" sound. You'll find playing lyrically much easier and you'll love the heavy blues flavoring. Don't miss this one!
Volume 50 - The Magic of Miles Davis
All Levels. A slice of Miles' career from 1957 to 1964 where he was at the apex of his popularity. An example of Miles' unparalleled influence as a trumpeter, composer, and band leader, his sidemen, Cannonball Adderly, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, David Liebman, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, and Wayne Shorter have all had compositions presented in this series! Commemorating the 50th Play-A-Long are the classic tunes that Miles made famous. NOTE TO PIANISTS: Mark's playing on this CD was so fantastic, we decided to publish it in a book so that you can see what he's doing. See "Related Items" for more information.
Volume 51 - Night and Day
Embraceable You, Night And Day, The Man I Love, Tea For Two, I Got Rhythm, Three Little Words, I’m A Fool To Want You, Just One Of Those Things, My One And Only Love, You Do Something To Me, How Long Has This Been Going On, With A Song In My Heart, I Get A Kick Out Of You
Volume 52 - Collector's Items
Sweet Lorraine, Easy Living, Serenata, Mr. Lucky, Ghost Of A Chance, Stars Fell On Alabama, When Lights Are Low, I’m Getting Sentimental Over You, The Night Has A Thousand Eyes, Too Young To Go Steady
Volume 53 - Clifford Brown
Side One: 1. Joy Spring 2. Jordu 3. Larue 4. Minor Mood 5. Tiny Capers 6. Swingin' Side Two: 1. Daahoud 2. Sandu 3. Gertrude's Bounce 4. The Blues Walk 5. Gerkin for Perkin 6. Sweet Clifford
Volume 54 - Maiden Voyage
Summertime, Bb Shuffle Blues, Impressions, Maiden Voyage, Watermelon Man, Doxy, Autumn Leaves, Song For My Father, Cantaloupe Island, Satin Doll, Blues In F, Footprints, III/V17/II/V7 Progression, … and more
Volume 55 - Yesterdays
Jerome Kern - The Song Is You, Yesterdays, I’m Old Fashioned, Why Do I Love You, Dearly Beloved, Pick Yourself Up, The Way You Look Tonight, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Long Ago And Far Away, I’ve Told Ev’ry Little Star, All The Things You Are
Volume 56 - Thelonious Monk
Intermediate/Advanced. Monk was one of the most influential pianists/composers Jazz has ever produced. His originality and unorthodox style fascinates both musicians and fans and continues to shape the styles of young players. Here is a vintage collection of Classic Monk; most of which need no introduction. Includes two originals by Jamey Aebersold in a tribute to Monk's style and legacy.
Volume 57 - Minor Blues In All Keys
All Levels. Here we have a typical minor blues in all 12 keys. Few chord progressions offer the freedom and variety of expression found in the minor blues progression. Great players have all approached this chord progression in a variety of ways. Often, they attack each chord vertically in its pure form or play horizontally across the progression, usually with a blues or minor pentatonic scale. Some take all or part of the changes harmonically "out."
Volume 58 - Unforgettable Standards
Intermediate/Advanced. Lush ballads and swingin' standards for every occasion, tastefully played by an outstanding rhythm section and made "unforgettable" by such great jazzmen as Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Ray Noble, and Nat King Cole. A practical and enjoyable set for all jazz players. These songs are essential in the professional musician's library. Learning these timeless standards will enable you to handle any musical situation, be it a casual, professional, or high-powered jazz concert.
Volume 59 - Invitation: Play-a-long With B3 Organ
Intermediate/Advanced. Due to the amazing popularity and success of Volume 49 "Sugar," we released our 2nd edition featuring the Hammond B-3 Organ! All songs are recorded at relaxed "groove" tempos that inspire laid-back performance and open up whole new avenues of creativity. Allows the bass or chording parts of the organ to be removed if desired using our special stereo separation!
Volume 60 - Freddie Hubbard
Intermediate/Advanced. 11 bandstand favorites composed and/or recorded by one of Jazz's greatest trumpet innovators. Different than most of our other volumes where many tunes incorporate new musical influences and styles such as rock, latin, and fusion. Perfect for anyone wishing to "spice up" their repertoire. 6 high-powered professional musicians back you up in a variety of combinations to give every song a different feel and make the music come alive!
Volume 61 - Burnin'!!! Up Tempo Jazz Standards
Advanced. Only for the brave! Find out how good you really are when tempos reach 340 beats per minute! Songs are typically played at "break neck" speed on popular jazz recordings, club dates, and jam sessions. A much requested set that is sure to fill a void in this series. You've heard stories of jazz masters who used to play "Cherokee" in all 12 keys...now see what it's like for yourself. If you cut it at this tempo, you're ready for anything!
Volume 62 - Wes Montgomery
Intermediate/Advanced. 11 groovin' jazz masterpieces from the legendary Wes Montgomery and accompanied by a swingin' rhythm section in the style of his popular band. Wes' natural and effortless style is evident in each one of these soulful standards. Great fun for all musicians and wonderful additions to your song list for any gig.
Volume 63 - Tom Harrell
Intermediate/Advanced. Tom has earned the reputation of one of New York's finest jazz trumpet players and is quickly becoming known for the refreshing style of composition. Here we have 12 of Tom's hand picked favorites representing a wide range of different styles and grooves. All are a unique blend of contemporary composition with deep roots in tradition. Destined to become bandstand favorites!
Volume 64 - Salsa, Latin Jazz
Intermediate/Advanced. Finally, an authentic collection of Salsa/ Latin favorites. Complete with syncopations, voicings, and bass figures guaranteed to make you play in whole new ways and expand your musical awareness. There is no drum set on this recording! The percussion is purely Latin/American and the rhythm section is tight! This is like no other Play-A-Long in the series!
Volume 65 - Four & More
Play-a-long With B3 Organ! Intermediate. More high energy, finger poppin' favorites from the Hammond B-3 Organ of Hank Marr. Here, Hank and Steve come together again, swingin' from note one and make each song a real thrill to play. Many of these standards are as well known as you'll ever find. Increase your jazz repertoire and have a blast in the process. Slower learning tempos throughout.
Volume 66 - Billy Strayhorn
Lush Life. Intermediate. Billy Strayhorn is one of the best-loved, yet underrated composers of jazz. His famous collaborations with and for The Duke Ellington Band have become some of jazz's most enduring standards. Now, for the first time, you can discover for yourself Strayhorn's unique and beautiful style. Discover why Ellington felt such an affinity for this man's compositions.
Volume 67 - Tune Up
Intermediate. One of the most important exercises one can attempt in jazz is to play tunes in all twelve keys. But often, this seems mysteriously difficult - Where do you begin? How can you hear the changes in those ""odd"" keys? Now anyone can do it with this fantastic Play-A-Long of 7 easy to medium difficulty songs in all twelve keys! The professional rhythm section provides the energy to really inspire you, and is absolutely rock solid. The first chorus for each tune is in the standard (original) key, followed by choruses in the 11 other keys.
Volume 68 - Giant Steps
Advanced. If you're ready for further challenges, try these slightly more difficult tunes in all 12 keys. Each tune begins with one chorus in the original key, and then moves through the other 11 keys. The tempos are moderate, but the real work-out begins when you start going through the various ""un-common"" keys. This challenging set is for anyone ready to put themselves "through the paces" - the right way!
Volume 69 - Charlie Parker Bird goes Latin
Advanced. The popularity of Latin Jazz has been tremendous in recent years, and now this innovative Play-A-Long offers you these Charlie Parker originals in the Salsa/Latin Jazz style. This rhythmically unique treatment of Bird's bebop classics inspires whole new directions in your playing. A new way to think about the music of Bird!
Volume 70 - Killer Joe
Beginner/Intermediate. Similar to the popular Volume 54 "Maiden Voyage," this volume again meets the needs of the up-and-coming jazz player who is ready to make the transition from scales and chords to improvising on real standard chord changes. The selections feature slower tempos and easier changes and each has a great feel that makes improvising easier.
Volume 71 - East Of The Sun
Intermediate.12 tracks of the best music ever written. Songs represented here appeal to a variety of musical tastes. Jazz players have kept these tunes alive. From the lush, expressive ballads to the grooving, swinging standards, the appeal of these songs is world-wide. Book includes lyrics.
Volume 72 - Street Of Dreams
Intermediate. The rhythm section sparkles on this exciting collection of 12 of the world's most popular songs. You'll enjoy the variety and be impressed with the nice balance of old and new well-known selections. Outstanding harmonic variety throughout. Once you've played through this Play-A-Long set, you're sure to see why these songs have become jazz/pop favorites over the last 5 decades. Book includes lyrics.
Volume 73 - Oliver Nelson: Stolen Moments
Intermediate. 12 jazz favorites by the world renowned composer, arranger, and saxophone recording artist, Oliver Nelson. Includes one tune by Leonard Feather. A variety of feels and time signatures with a cooking rhythm section. This is the chance for everyone to discover and enjoy Oliver Nelson's brilliant melodic touch and harmonic sense.
Volume 74 - Latin Jazz
Intermediate. 12 of the world's finest standards done in the popular Latin Jazz style. A refreshing departure from the typical swing and bossa styles which have dominated jazz in the past. This set will invite you to experience playing with an authentic Latin rhythm section over the chords to popular standards.
Volume 75 - Countdown to giant steps
Intermediate/Advanced. This could have been titled "Baby Steps to Giant Steps." Finally, there is a "steps" method of learning not only Giant Steps and Countdown, but also how to substitute those elusive chord changes for "standard" chord changes in well-known standards. The second CD breaks down the Giant Steps cycle into simple segments at comfortable tempos. Also included are several well-known standards with Giant Steps harmony subsitiuted for the traditional harmony! The BEST way to learn Giant Steps harmony!
Volume 76: David Baker - How To Learn Tunes
Intermediate/Advanced. Until now, the task of memorizing tunes has required a great amount of time and has been left to chance by the musician. With no rules, guidelines, or systematic methods of study, the task has left musicians with a great deal of confusion and frustration. This incredible work is a quick and easy method for learning and memorizing melodies and chord changes to any tune in any key! Listening/learning/play along tracks take you through the most commonly used harmonic formulae and teach you how to recognize and remember forms both visually and aurally. The book and supplement give composition that will have you memorizing and UNDERSTANDING how changes work. Leave the fakebooks at home!
Volume 77: Paquito D' Rivera
Intermediate/Advanced. From the source! Paquito produced and oversaw the recording himself using his own world renowned band! The diverse music presented here is a welcome addition to every musician's Play-A-Long library. This set contrasts the thrill of hot, exciting Latin classics with the meditative, laid-back feel of Brazilian favorites. A refreshing change of pace.
Volume 78: Jazz Holiday Classics
Intermediate. Great jazz musicians have long enjoyed playing and recording the great holiday classics. These songs have withstood the test of time and have gained widespread and timeless popularity for their ability to inspire a sense of warmth and nostalgia. Treat yourself to a priceless gift. Book includes lyrics.
Avalon. Intermediate/Advanced. 12 great American songs from the golden age of popular music. These songs have been enjoyed and recorded in a variety of ways by countless musicians over different jazz eras. Get back to the root of today's music! Book includes lyrics.
Volume 80: Indiana
Intermediate. One dozen more great American standards in the mode of Volume 79 "Avalon." Many contemporary compositions, particularly Bebop tunes, have taken their harmonies from these wonderful, ageless songs. Book includes lyrics.
Volume 81: David Liebman - Standards & Originals
Intermediate/Advanced. A new twist on old standards, David's challenging, inventive arrangements of well-known tunes are welcome additions to the library of musicians looking for a fresh perspective. David has substituted his own unique harmonies and grooves (odd meter, fusion, waltz, etc.) to create something really special.
Volume 82: Dexter Gordon
"Intermediate. Only in his last years as an actor in the acclaimed movie ""Round Midnight"" did Dexter Gordon gain widespread popularity, but jazz musicians have known about him for decades through his big band sound, hard swing, and roaring compositions. Learn and enjoy these songs which are part of his great legacy.
Volume 83: The Brecker Brothers
"Intermediate/Advanced. Be like Mike! For years, musicians have been requesting a high quality funk/fusion Play-A-Long of well- known recorded hits; this is it! The Grammy winning Brecker Brothers band has successfully blended jazz, electronics, and contemporary rhythms into exciting, energetic jazz that has become accessible to popular audiences without compromising quality. Produced by former Brecker Brothers Band keyboardist George Whitty, these tracks contain ""killer"" electronic sounds and are awesome to play with.
Volume 84: Dominant 7th Workout
Intermediate/Advanced. The Dominant Seventh is possibly the most substituted, colored, and altered sound in modern music. Its flexibility and distinctive nature made it a favorite of composers throughout the 20th century and allowed it to dominate Blues and Rock And Roll. This unique Play-A-Long explores the very nature of the Dom. 7th sound and describes different ways jazz masters have used it for color and texture. Many written patterns will open your ears and extended tracks on 2 CDs will allow you to practice licks and patterns, refine your technique and reaction time, and give you the skills to navigate Dominant 7ths with confidence.
Volume 85: Andy Laverne - Tunes You Thought You Knew
Intermediate/Advanced. The new millennium suggests a need for revamping great standards of the 20th century. Highly respected pianist, composer, and author Andy LaVerne has designed a set for such a purpose. Showcased are the musical and playable reharmonizations in a way musicians will find entertaining and enlightening. Some are tastefully subtle while others are surprisingly bold. Take these techniques and reharmonize your own tunes!
Volume 86: Horace Silver - Shoutin' Out
Intermediate/Advanced. Few musicians and composers rival Horace Silver's contribution to the jazz repertoire. His groups, recordings, and compositions have helped define the very shape of jazz today. A wide variety of Horace's work is represented here, with a varied assortment of styles, tempos, and harmonies. These songs, along with Horace's other classics featured on Volumes 17 and 18 are sure to please both listener and performer alike.
Volume 87: Benny Carter - When Lights Are Low
Intermediate. Legendary multi-instrumentalist/composer Benny Carter has granted us the impressive honor of compiling a remarkable Play-A-Long of his favorite works. Mr. Carter's fine harmonic awareness and keen melodic ear combine for unforgettable jazz compositions for every taste.
Volume 88: Millennium Blues
Intermediate/Advanced. The BLUES are BACK!! The blues are the basis of much modern music, and this volume highlights many of the different ways the blues are approached in jazz. There are a variety of feels, grooves, and tempos which will give you a good workout on the blues progression.
Volume 89: Darn That Dream
Intermediate/Advanced. 12 of the world's most beautiful and often-played standards. Learn and enjoy these timeless classics while being accompanied by a rhythm section of master musicians. Book includes lyrics.
Volume 90: Odd Times
Intermediate/Advanced. Featuring "Take Five!" Don't feel uncomfortable every time someone calls a tune in an odd meter. At last, here is a thorough workout in odd time signatures, including 5/4, 6/8, 11/4, and alternating time feels that will give you the confidence and proficiency to perform at your best. Make unusual time signatures feel as natural as 4/4.
Volume 91: Player's Choice
Intermediate/Advanced. A collection of excellent tunes well-known to jazz fans and musicians because they have been played and recorded so often. Presented here is a nice assortment of forms and harmonies. Many of these songs, written by jazz musicians for jazz musicians, will become your personal favorites.
Volume 92: Lennie Niehaus
Intermediate. Lennie's reputation as a jazz and film composer, arranger, and jazz recording artist is second to none. His musical and playable style of writing has made his many solo/etude books among the most popular jazz books in the world. Lennie has personally assembled the songs for this Play-A-Long and added 9 new selections to create a wonderful set for all to enjoy.
Volume 93: What's New
Intermediate/Advanced. Here's the Play-A-Long for all those who have requested a set that utilizes a Guitar Trio instead of the usual Piano Trio as the accompanying instrumentation. The swinging but relaxed sound of the guitar trio brings an intimacy to these songs that will allow you to feel and hear things differently as you play along. A fresh change of pace.
Volume 94: Hot House
Intermediate/Advanced. This set is for all those looking for a good collection of Bop favorites, Jazz Classics, and well-known standards; very much what you might encounter on a typical gig. The all-star rhythm section is one of the best in the business!
Volume 95: 500 Miles High
Intermediate/Advanced. From "All Of Me" to "500 Miles High, " these famous standards and jazz favorites make this an enjoyable set for all musicians. Play and learn with an exciting rhythm section.
Volume 96: Dave Samuels - Latin Quarter
Intermediate/Advanced. This set features the music and performances of Samuels' Caribbean Jazz Project. A totally authentic latin jazz fusion set - sounds awesome!
Volume 97: Standards With Strings
Intermediate/Advanced. When Charlie Parker made his famous "with strings" recordings, jazz musicians realized the potential of lushly orchestrated strings to enhance their own creativity. Legendary players soon followed suit, making a "with strings" album almost an essential rite of passage. Here are 10 beautiful standards arranged by jazz great and award-winning arranger Lennie Niehaus.
Volume 98: Antonio Carlos Jobim - Bossa Nova
Intermediate/Advanced. By popular request, here we have world-famous works from the Bossa Nova's greatest master, played with exceptional taste and sensitivity in an authentic, relaxed style with a nylon string acoustic guitar rhythm section. For bossa novas with a discreet "jazz" flavor, check out Volume 31 "Bossa Novas." Book includes lyrics.
Volume 99: Tadd Dameron - Soultrane
Intermediate/Advanced. Tadd Dameron was one of the first great arrangers and composers in the Bebop era, contributing to many small groups and big bands throughout his career. Presented here is a tribute to Tadd; a collection of his most often played compositions that capture the heart and soul of the bop/post-bop era.
Volume 100: St. Louis Blues Dixeland Classics
. Intermediate. After much debate, it seemed only fitting that Volume 100 should celebrate the music of the great innovators who started it all. Recorded in an authentic style, there is a purity to these songs that is refreshing to the ear and makes them fun to play, and a "bounce" that is seldom heard in today's modern styles. You'll love it! Special Stereo Separation on the CD has the Piano, Bass, and Drums on the right channel and Banjo, Bass, and Drums on the left. This allows anyone with a balance control on their stereo the option of eliminating either the piano or banjo from the recording simply by turning one track off - great for pianists and guitarists who want to "sit in" as well as for horn players who want to ""mix-up"" the rhythm section now and then.
Volume 101: Andy Laverne - Secret Of The Andes
Intermediate/Advanced. Andy LaVerne has quickly emerged on the scene as a leading jazz pianist and composer. His chord substitution style has been widely admired and carefully studied. This set offers a unique sampling of his personal favorites for you to learn and enjoy.
Volume 102: Jerry Bergonzy - Sound Advice
Intermediate/Advanced. Since his days with Dave Brubeck in the 1980s, Jerry's influence as a modern jazz tenor man has been undeniable. Less well-known are his tasty compositions, presented here in this collection for your enjoyment. Jerry has recorded all these songs on various Double-Time Jazz CDs!
Volume 103: David Sanborn
Intermediate/Advanced. A smooth blend of the songs written and recorded by the great alto innovator David Sanborn and his side-man Marcus Miller. State-of-the-art studio production techniques and authentic arrangements by keyboardist Georgy Whitte make this Play-A-Long a sweet change of pace.
Volume 104: Kenny Werner - Free Play
Intermediate/Advanced. Think Play-A-Longs and free jazz don't mix? Think again! Kenny Werner, author of the best-selling "Effortless Mastery" has put together a fantastic set that breaks down traditional boundaries of rhythm, melody, and harmony to present a blank canvas of sounds, pulses, and colors to excite the imagination. Book details ways to use this set to open new avenues of musical discovery. This will be the best "chordless" tool in your musical tool box!
Volume 105: Dave Brubeck - In your own sweet way
Intermediate/Advanced. What better way to learn these perennial bandstand favorites than from the source himself? With Dave Brubeck and his sidemen providing the accompaniment, you know it's as authentic as it gets. This Play-A-Long is a great tribute to the popular jazz legend and is a fitting tribute to his enormous contribution to the jazz reportiore.
Volume 106: Lee Morgan - Sidewinder
Intermediate/Advanced. Lee Morgan is best remembered for his sassy, super-hip trumpet style, but he is also remembered for his compositional style that greatly influenced the sound of jazz in the late 50s and 60s. From the beautiful bossa nova "Ceora" to the exciting boogaloo "Sidewinder," Lee's impact on modern trumpet and contemporary jazz writing has been extraordinary.
Volume 107: Standards for Singers - It had to be you
Intermediate/Advanced. Intermediate/Advanced. 24 beautiful, well-known standards in keys comfortable for most FEMALE singers. The first class rhythm section plays each song with special sensitivity and with the singer in mind, including intros that help orient the singer to the first melody note. Special stereo separation allows piano playing vocalists to eliminate the piano track and play/sing along with just bass and drums. Book includes lyrics written over the melody notes, piano cues, and chord changes in C (Note: this book does not contain transposed parts for Bb, Eb, or bass clef instruments like our other play-a-longs).
Volume 108: Joe Henderson- Inner Urge
Intermediate/Advanced. 15 of the best jazz songs of the 60s and 70s by the legendary jazz giant Joe Henderson.