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 Brian Lynch (trumpet), Mike LeDonne (piano), Peter Washington (bass), and Joe Farnsworth (drums). Brian Lynch is one of the only trumpet players to have been a member of both Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and Horace Silver's Quintet. He has been included in Downbeat Magazine critics polls, is a multi-Grammy winner with over 20 recordings as a leader, and is a professor at the University of Miami.