(Fundamentals of Improvisation for the Young Musician)Peter Blair - Heritage Music Press
Now there's a well-sequenced approach for your young musicians to begin improvising! If your students have tried the Jamey Aebersold books, but found themselves in too deep, this is the answer. Jazz Basics is designed to work with the full ensemble and is a preliminary step to the Aebersold series. It includes two CDs full of aural exercises and performance examples. It has an in-depth approach to the rhythm section, including comprehensive books for Guitar, Bass, Piano and Drums. There are seven units of learning and six complete charts that are playable with just a handful of players: 1 trumpet; 1 alto sax, 1 tenor sax, and 1 trombone. The CD can double as rhythm section if needed. Alternative instrumentation for clarinet, flute and horn is also provided.