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The World Is Sound: NADA Brahma: Music and the Landscape of Consciousness
The World Is Sound: NADA Brahma
Music and the Landscape of Consciousness
Paperback      ISBN: 0892813180

Scientists have only recently learned that the particles of an oxygen atom vibrate in a major key and that blades of grass 'sing." Europe's foremost jazz producer takes the reader on an exhilarating journey through Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America, exploring the musical traditions of diverse cultures and reaffirming what the ancients have always known--the world is sound, rhythm, and vibration. Berendt's book is alive with his experiences--living in Bali, studying at a Zen monastery in Kyoto, and encountering budding jazz stars in Indonesia, Japan, Europe, and the United States. Drawing from his friendships with composers and performers as well as his knowledge of new physics and Tantra, cybernetics, Sufism, and the works of Hermann Hesse, he reveals the importance of sound in shaping cultural and spiritual life worldwide.

A tribute to the work of many of the greatest figures of our age--including Hans Kayser, Jean Gebser, Sufi Hazrat lnayat Khan, musicians John Coltrane and Ravi Shankar--Berendt's book suggests that hearing, rather than seeing, is the key to a more spiritual experience of consciousness. His discussion of sound in relation to mathematics, logic, sacred geometry, myth, and sexuality is practical as well as theoretical, offering readers a variety of techniques for developing the ear as an organ of spiritual perception.
Kind of Blue
Kind of Blue
Paperback      ISBN: 0306810670

This critically and commercially acclaimed tribute to the most popular jazz album of all time is now available in paperback. With transcriptions of the unedited session tapes; in-depth interviews with musicians; freshly discovered Columbia Records files; never-before-seen photographs; and a foreword by the last surviving member of the band, drummer Jimmy Cobb, Kind of Blue is a vital piece of music history--and will be essential for fans and scholars for years to come.

Guitar Roots: Swing
Guitar Roots: Swing
Paperback      ISBN: 0739024671

The ultimate starter book for players looking to learn the classic guitar style that's once again so popular. Learn swing progressions and forms, as well as how to construct a swing guitar solo, and so much more. This is the only book ever needed to get s

Jazz Keyboard Harmony
Jazz Keyboard Harmony
Paperback      ISBN: 0739011073

This comprehensive study of harmony is a must for any musician interested in jazz. This book explains the essentials of jazz harmony in a friendly, easy-to-understand manner. A 12-key system is used to help you learn each concept in every key. Learn about

The Genius of Dave Brubeck, Book 1: Piano Solos
The Genius of Dave Brubeck, Book 1
Piano Solos
Paperback      ISBN: 0769202675

Intermediate/advanced jazz piano solos. Sample contents: Bluette * Bossa Nova U.S.A. * Castillian Blues * Countdown * In Your Own Sweet Way * Three to Get Ready * Weep No More * Summer Song and six more plus Paul Desmond's Take Five.

Sassy: The Life of Sarah Vaughan
Sassy
The Life of Sarah Vaughan
Hardcover      ISBN: 0684193175
Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius - Anniversary Edition
Jaco
The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius - Anniversary Edition
Paperback      ISBN: 0879308591

A fitting tribute to the troubled genius who revolutionized electric bass playing and bridged the gaps between jazz, R&B, rock and funk. From his early days in R&B club bands through his international stardom with fusion group Weather Report and on to his solo career and tragic death at age 35, this book portrays the life and music of Jaco Pastorius, the self-proclaimed "world's greatest bass player." This special anniversary edition features new interviews with Jaco's childhood friends, prominent bass players of Jaco's era and afterward, and girlfriend Teresa Nagell, who was with Jaco in the last few years of his life. Some incidents from the first edition have been further researched and expanded to become full chapters. Exclusive to this edition, the online audio features newly revealed music tracks from Jaco's early years along with spoken testimonials from Jaco's friends and colleagues. The book also contains new, never-before-seen photos acquired from the Pastorius estate.



Includes online audio instead of a CD. The ISBN is identical.

Buddy Rich -- Jazz Legend (1917-1987): Transcriptions and Analysis of the World's Greatest Drummer
Buddy Rich -- Jazz Legend (1917-1987)
Transcriptions and Analysis of the World's Greatest Drummer
Paperback      ISBN: 0769216900

In addition to being a collection of transcriptions of the Buddy Rich solos featured on the Buddy Rich Jazz Legend DVD (00-903792), this publication concentrates on the specifics of The World's Greatest Drummer's playing. The techniques covered include left-handed/bass drum coordination, drumset crossovers, cymbal patterns, left-hand/right-hand singles, left-hand time patterns, hi-hat work, blisteringly fast alternating single strokes, and various nuances that made Buddy so special. Together with the videos, or by itself, this book is a must for any drummer's library.

Essential Jazz Lines: The Style of Charlie Parker
Essential Jazz Lines
The Style of Charlie Parker
Paperback      ISBN: 0786660732

Charlie Parker was arguably one of the most influential jazz musicians to have ever lived. This text presents numerous jazz lines in Charlie's style, grouped by their application in a given harmonic content. Students will learn to connect lines to play over ii-V-I progressions, turnarounds and other harmonic frameworks. To facilitate proficiency in all twelve keys, each sectin of the book has a chordal play-along that modulates around the circle of fourths. Some of the techniques used in the Charlie Parker style will also be discussed with examples provided. This will help musicians analyze each of the ideas presented, further ensuring their mastery.
Also available in Japanese from ATN, Inc.



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Frankly: Just Between Us: My Life Conducting Frank Sinatra's Music
Frankly: Just Between Us
My Life Conducting Frank Sinatra's Music
Hardcover      ISBN: 063409498x

Sinatra's conductor reveals what it's like to work for legendary singers Frankly - Just Between Us, is an entertaining and insightful behind-the-scenes look at the world of playing piano and conducting for Frank Sinatra and other contemporary music legends. This book chronicles the illustrious career of Vincent Falcone from his days at Syracuse University and tuning pianos and performing casual dates in Las Vegas, to playing piano and conducting for music icon Sinatra during the apex of his career. Falcone also played for such music greats as Andy Williams, Jack Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Jerry Lewis, the McGuire Sisters, Tony Bennett, Connie Francis, Paul Anka, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, and many others. Frankly contains many great stories about playing and conducting for some larger-than-life music personalities of the '70s, '80s and today, and the highs and lows of playing for this caliber of entertainment.



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