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A songbook and play-along CD featuring music of one of the most well-known big bands of the modern era.
If you're seeking a challenging and lively set of sheet music to expand your chops, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band Play Along Series by Alfred could be just the ticket. Featuring nine Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band classics, the Alfred Jazz Play-Along series for Rhythm Section goes beyond the other play-alongs with written-out parts for C, B-flat, E-flat and bass clef instruments and includes a sample jazz solo that is written out for you to listen to, play, and practice.
The included mp3 CD has two tracks for each tune---demo and play-along track. The demo track, featuring Gordon Goodwin and players from the Big Phat Band, is a learning tool for the melodic concept, overall jazz style and the sample jazz solo. The play-along track allows a soloist or group to learn and perform with the rhythm section. The mp3 CD also features tempo changing software allowing you to slow down or speed up the tempo. Specific improvisation tips and suggestions are included. There is also a matching book for rhythm section featuring piano, bass and drum parts.
The written comping examples along with the written sample solos are all invaluable assets that make learning how to improvise easier. Nine great Gordon Goodwin compositions = great jazz!