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Creative Jazz Improvisation (4th Edition)

Creative Jazz Improvisation (4th Edition)
Author: Scott D. Reeves
ISBN 13: 9780131776395
ISBN 10: 131776398
Edition: 4
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: 2006-07-21
Format: Spiral-bound
Pages: 320
List Price: $123.60

This well-organized book combines all of the techniques that jazz musicians practice into a comprehensive whole. It covers practice patterns and scales in all keys and tempos, transcribing solos of master improvisers, learning the jazz repertoire, and playing with other musicians.

Chapter topics include how to practice, creatively improvise, and teach improvisation; major innovators; important contributors; women in jazz; chord substitutions; scales; and form. Each chapter also contains theory and ear exercises.

Applicable to any instrument–or a classroom of varied instruments–this book is for jazz students and professionals at all levels of proficiency.


Detailed information for students and professionals on how to practice, how to improvise in a creative way, and how to teach jazz improvisation. Discusses the creative process and techniques for accessing creative spontaneity, explains the basics of improvisation, and provides technical exercises, scales, and patterns to help develop facility and ear skills. The material can be applied to any instrument. Spiral-bound. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)