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(Jazz Ensemble Play-Along)
Various Composers - Alfred Music Publishing
More than a fun play-along, this book and CD combination is written at the easy to medium-easy level for young and developing players. It provides an opportunity to play along with a professional jazz ensemble and improve playing skills. As students play along and listen to the outstanding players in the band, they will learn about blend, style, phrasing, tone, dynamics, technique, articulation and playing in tune. Also, they will experience a variety of styles including Latin, swing, ballad and rock. Performance tips and suggestions are included in each book. Also unique to this series is the availability of rhythm section books providing opportunities for drummers, pianists, guitarists and bassists to experience all the benefits of playing along and learning. The play-along CD includes full-band recordings of each track for demonstration purposes and an accompaniment track for playing along and study. Solo improvisation opportunities exist for each instrument as well. Titles include: Vehicle; Sax to the Max; Nutcracker Rock; Fiesta Latina; Now What; Goodbye My Heart; Two and a Half Men; Burritos to Go; Drummin' Man; Swingin' Shanty and Play That Funky Music.