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November 30, 2005

Jazz Instruction Book Review

Written by
cindy mcleod

Randy Hunter, jazz saxophonist/instructor, has released a superb series of instructional books for students of jazz with varying experience levels. The series provides a solid foundation in the skills of interpretation and improvisation. As with many jazz masters, Hunter has a desire to keep the muse alive and well, and is handing down information to the upcoming stars of the genre in an accessible and cohesive fashion.

With a solid background of performance credits and teaching experience numbering over 35,000 private music lessons, it’s no surprise Hunter discovered a void left by traditional music education, that of the expression of jazz. He has filled that void with a creative, accessible and fun way to pass on the elemental skills of the idiom; style, rhythm, and phrasing, concepts that are essential to improvisation and the key to developing one’s “own voice” as a musician.

All versions of the books are compatible, offering Alto, Baritone, and Tenor Saxes, Flute, Trumpet, and Trombone students to perform as an ensemble or individually, and come with play-along CD’s created in stereo, allowing students to isolate a part or listen to the composition in it’s entirety. The written text is thoughtful and insightful, a clear picture into improvisation and interpretation. These books are an excellent tool for both private lesson and individual study settings, and supply the grounding for prepared audition and performance opportunities. The series comes in a format that is comprehensible to beginners through intermediate players, inspiring students to learn the skills of thinking independently while phrasing together.

Jazz music is an interpretive and improvisational art, it’s not enough to be able to read and play notes and rhythm, feel is integral to this music. Hunter has created a required vehicle for students to learn this most vital of skills. His endorsements come from several jazz masters such as Joe Lovano, Randy Brecker, Bobby Shew, and Mark Colby, and the consensus is unanimous, this is a highly recommended series.

for more information visit www.randyhunterjazz.com

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