The Essence of Bebop: Tenor Saxophone

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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, Hank Mobley, Horace Silver, 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 Grant Stewart (tenor sax), Mike LeDonne (piano), Peter Washington (bass), and Joe Farnsworth (drums). Based in New York, tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart has placed 8 times in Downbeat Magazine's critics poll. He has performed and/or recorded with many historic jazz figures including Cedar Walton, Jimmy Cobb, and Louis Hayes, and has over 17 critically acclaimed recordings as a leader.