The Essence of Bebop: Clarinet

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The Essence of Bebop is by critically acclaimed New York saxophonist Jim Snidero and reveals the heart and soul of this groundbreaking jazz style and is the first real "manual" for mastering bebop. The 10 fun-to-play studies are inspired by Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Hank Mobley, John Coltrane, and many more, offering a unique basis for in-depth study and analysis. Historical insights as well as recommended listening and reading make this edition an indispensable part of jazz education.

Each etude includes a study guide that covers jazz theory, but also goes well beyond the math, providing insight into how bebop masters mold solos into profound musical statements. Concepts of shape, timing, balance and pacing provide the framework in which ideas unfold and flow. Additional examples, practice suggestions, historical perspectives, listening and reading suggestions (60-plus pages total) result in an instant classic that's perfect for individual or classroom study.

The downloadable play-along recording has versions with and without the soloist, and features Ken Peplowski (clarinet), Mike LeDonne (piano), Peter Washington (bass), and Joe Farnsworth (drums). Ken Peplowski is one of the most recorded jazz clarinetists in history, with nearly 50 solo recordings and over 400 as a sideman, including Woody Allen movie soundtracks. He has made numerous Downbeat Magazine polls, and worked with many jazz legends including Cedar Walton, George Shearing, and James Moody, among many.