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The Jazz Theory Book

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Endorsed by Jamey Aebersold, James Moody, Dave Liebman, and others, The Jazz Theory Book presents all the information any student of jazz needs in an easy-to-understand, yet thorough, manner. For intermediate to advanced players, and written by one of the acknowledged masters of jazz, it is used by universities around the world.
Paperback, 522 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Sher Music Co. (first published June 1st 1995)
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Adrian Stevenson
I've just bought the ebook version of this so I have a reference on my ereader. I did read it a while back, but as with any good music theory book, it's important to keep going back, as there's always stuff you need to keep revisiting. It's quite a weighty tome on paper, so it's the sort of thing that's perfect in ebook form.
David
Sep 11, 2011 David rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to David by: Marc-A Seguin
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I'm only on Chapter 3 at this time but I have learnt a lot already and can't wait to read more. This is a big book though and requires quite a lot of thought. I'll be "background reading" this one for quite some time to come.
David
Not being a jazz expert I can't certify that the theory presented here is correct, complete or comprehensive, but for sure it's clearly presented, well organized, and covers all the basic aspects of jazz I'm aware of. Don't expect to read this straight through: It's a workbook and a reference, so you will want to go through it slowly with your instrument at least once, and then refer back to specific areas as you need them. I've read a couple of criticisms of the book, and they're accurate - the ...more
Gekko
Have enjoyed giving this a light reading. It's an extremely well-written and comprehensive resource -- with plenty of examples for all of the theoretical concepts. A lot of it hasn't fully sunk in -- and won't without a lot of practice -- but I think it's useful to have let the ideas wash over me. I expect to be coming back to this much more later. Would love to see a multi-media version of the book with audio for each of the examples.
Nick
I'm perpetually reading and re-reading sections of this book. So much practical information. The only improvement I ask is that I wish he created a CD containing some of the musical excerpts. I own or have at least heard many of the recordings but not all of them, and I'm currently lacking a piano friend to play the accompanying portions.
Marc
as a music theory teacher, I am constantly on the lookout for good theory books, there are very very few of them. this one, however is excellent. the simplified piano reductions are incredibly valuable and the discussion of the technicalities surrounding issues of taste is unique.
Morris Nelms
I prefer his book on Jazz Piano. It covers most of the same material and it's more personal, since the piano is his instrument.
Colin Masso
This is exactly what it sounds like.
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