Jazz Improvisation: Advice From the Masters

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Lessons and inspiration from 16 noted jazz artists and educators to help you bring out the best in your playing

Long Beach, New York (December 02, 2004) -- Jazz Improvisation: Advice From the Masters is the new softcover book published by Outcat LLC in Long Beach, New York.

The book features specific advice and inspiration from 16 noted jazz artists and educators, including Joanne Brackeen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Steve Coleman, Todd Coolman, Dave Douglas, Robin Eubanks, Hal Galper, Mark Helias, Charlie Hunter, Dave Liebman, James Moody, Jeremy Pelt, Judi Silvano, Dave Stryker, Lew Tabackin and Kenny Werner. A glossary of jazz jargon, written by the editors, completes the volume.

The articles are based on interviews with the artists conducted by Jimi Durso, who has written transcription articles for DownBeat magazine, and by journalist Karla Harby. The book contains 36 text pages and more than 16,000 words. It retails for $19.95 and is available for immediate delivery from the publisher's website, http://www.outcatrecords.com.

Table of Contents:

First Steps Toward Improvisation, by Joanne Brackeen

Learning from the History of Jazz, by Terri Lyne Carrington

Improvisation as Communication, by Steve Coleman

Listening More Deeply, by Todd Coolman

Becoming Aware of Musical Traditions, by Dave Douglas

Using Computer Technologies as Practice Tools, by Robin Eubanks

Playing (Almost) Everything in Half Time, by Hal Galper

Silencing the Inner Critic, by Mark Helias

Embracing Your Limitations, by Charlie Hunter

Effective Transcription and Analysis, by Dave Liebman

The Importance of Scales and Modes, by James Moody

Getting a Foundation in Be Bop, by Jeremy Pelt

Exercises to Enhance Creativity and Interaction, by Judi Silvano

Using Classic Recordings to Improve Your Playing, by Dave Stryker

Playing With Conviction, by Lew Tabackin

Playing Free, by Kenny Werner

Glossary of Jazz Jargon, by Karla Harby & Jimi Durso

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