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 Jim Snidero (alto sax), Mike LeDonne (piano), Peter Washington (bass), and Joe Farnsworth (drums). Alto saxophonist, composer, and author Jim Snidero has been a 40-year fixture on the New York scene, with over 50 recordings as a leader and sideman (Jack McDuff, Eddie Palmieri, Frank Sinatra, Mingus Big Band, etc.) that has placed him on both Downbeat Magazine Critics and Readers polls. He is considered the best-selling author of his generation, has been a visiting professor at Indiana U and Princeton U, and is on the faculty of the New School.