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 Michael Dease (trombone), Mike LeDonne (piano), Peter Washington (bass), and Joe Farnsworth (drums). Included is special information on how to play bebop on the trombone. Since being a member of the first class of jazz students at Juilliard School, trombonist Michael Dease has gone on to be included in Downbeat Magazine polls, performing, and recording with many of today's best jazz artists. He has several recordings as a leader, and is a professor at Michigan State University.