Internationally renowned authors, musicians and recording artists, Frank Villafranca and Andrew D. Gordon, have composed a collection of grooves and melodies in the Smooth Jazz Genre creating an exciting supplemental jazz study series for beginner, intermediate and advanced jazz students and musicians.
The smooth jazz grooves in this 46 page book feature a variety of contemporary rhythm section styles including R&B, Jazz, Funk, Top 40, Rock, Gospel, Hip Hop and Latin. These stylistic influences are frequently associated with smooth jazz. Popular artists in this genre include, The Super Groovers, David Sanborn, Eric Marienthal, Kenny G, Dave Koz, David Benoit, Tom Scott, Gerald Albright, Candy Dulfer, Wilton Felder, Boney James, Chris Botti, Chuck Mangione, Sade, George Benson, Peter White, Lee Ritenour, Earl Klugh, Larry Carlton, Jeff Lorber, Brian Culbertson, George Duke, Joe Sample, Spyro Gyra, Pat Metheny, Four Play, The Yellow Jackets and The Rippingtons.
On each of the 20 tracks, the groove is separated into 3 melodic ideas. Each melodic idea (example or riff) is played first, by the saxophone with the groove, followed by just the rhythm section groove, without sax. The 1st example is usually the easiest, the 2nd slightly harder and the 3rd the most difficult.
A fun book to play although more suited to intermediate standard players. Each groove is divided into three parts with the opportunity to listen to each short section before trying it yourself with just the backing. Along with the scale guide, this makes it easier to get to grips with each of the groove styles. However, each section is quite short and doesn't allow for an extended try at improvising over the groove - hence the 3* rating. To overcome this, it is possible to buy extended backing tracks for only a few dollars and download them over the Internet. This is most worthwhile and makes the playing experience much more enjoyable. Anonymous
This one certainly gets your fingers moving and in ways I didnt think mine would. Great fun to play, and it was easy to find a level that suited me without feeling like I would never be able to play it. Room for me to learn and still be using this book for a while to come so money well spent. Anonymous
- (Wigton, United Kingdom)