Volume 1: Strayhorn & More and Volume 2: Swingin’ Now, are written at the medium to medium-advanced level. Each book contains nine popular jazz tunes, arranged for C, B-flat, E-flat and Bass Clef instruments.
“What makes these books so unique is that they provide the tools to guide the development of improvisation skills,” said Belwin Jazz Editor Pete BarenBregge. “Most play-alongs simply provide chord progressions and solo opportunities, but this series also features a written-out sample jazz solo, along with specific tips on how to construct your own solo for each song. Plus, the recordings were made by professional jazz musicians, so you’re learning from the best.”
Additional features include multiple jazz choruses for plenty of soloing opportunities, and demo tracks with horn players and a pro rhythm section to demonstrate the melodies, style, interpretation and sample solos. In addition, the play-along tracks allow a soloist or group to learn and perform with the rhythm section only. Split tracks offer piano/guitar, and bass players the opportunity to perform with the track by dialing in/out left or right stereo channels.
Titles in Swingin’ Now are: Stella by Starlight * On Green Dolphin Street * Have You Met Miss Jones? * Bye Bye Blackbird * What Is This Thing Called Love? * The Days of Wine and Roses * I Got Rhythm * Just Friends * Stompin’ at the Savoy.
Titles in Strayhorn & More are: Take the ‘A’ Train * Isfahan * Freddy Freeloader * Caravan * Prelude to a Kiss * Johnny Come Lately * Upper Manhattan Medical Group (UMMG) * Chelsea Bridge * Raincheck.