This book and CD package is solely devoted to providing you with a complete overview of the techniques and styles popularized by the greatest blues saxophonists of all time. Includes lessons, music, historical analysis and rare photos. All the best are here: from the rough-hewn Chicago Blues of Eddie Shaw and A.C. Reed to the organ combo soul/jazz of Stanley Turrentine and Willis 'Gator' Jackson.
book très intéressant; morceaux variés, niveau intermédiaire à avancé; le CD apporte beaucoup pour l'interprétation. Anonymous
This is a valuable book, mainly because there is no other on the subject. The CD is good--Mr. Taylor's performances in the styles of many blues players are impressive. However, while the subtitle of the book promises "in-depth" examination or analysis of the styles of "the Masters," what we get is hardly that; the text entries, with biographical information included, range from 1/2 a page at the most (Bobby Forte) to 1 1/3 pages at the most (Lester Young, Sonny Rollins) -- and no one can claim to do an "in-depth" study of Lester's or Sonny's blues styles in 1 1/3 pages with bio included! Also, the discographies, while useful, are hardly complete.
If you are a blues sax player -- especially a beginner, or someone turning the corner from jazz into blues (no, the AREN'T the same -- they are related but ultimately distinct traditions), this book can be useful. But there's room for a much more complete -- "in-depth" -- version of this book.
Terry Hummer - (Athens, GA)
The Blues saxophone fills a gaping hole in the sheet music market, it’s true to say that it gives “an in-depth look at the styles of the sax masters” is pushing it a bit, “a glimpse into the styles of the sax masters” would be a better phase, but it does give you several examples of sax solo’s and melody lines in the style of the sax blues, r & b, rock n roll legends and as such does a good job, it may be argued that Mr. Taylor’s playing lacks some of the gusto of the originals but this is hardly surprising, and you couldn’t reasonably expect one player to play as well as all the originals. I would say this book is a must if only because there is nothing else out there like it, so if you’re a sax player or even play an other instrument like guitar and are interested in this style of music, this is a must have. Anonymous