Part of the Authentic Jazz Playalong series, This volume brings together Gershwin, Porter, Ellington and other legends of 20th Century Jazz. It Don't Mean a Thing features ten absolute classics of jazz repertoire, idiomatically arranged for the intermediate (grades 4-6) Alto Saxophone player.
Melody, lyrics and chord symbols are provided, offering opportunity for improvisation, with suggested solo phrases notated to aid the beginner. There is also a brief guide and biographical note to each song in the collection. In addition, the playalong CD comprises a live trio of piano, bass and drums for truly authentic performance.
I originally bought this book for one specific track, but after listening through the excellent backing tracks I decided to work my way through the entire book. The improvisation sections are easy to follow and the suggested ideas actually work. Anonymous
- (Wigton, United Kingdom)