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Book Review: Jazz Essentials - Nuts and Bolts Instruction for the Jazz and Pop Musician by Dean Kelly

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Jazz Essentials by Dean Kelly was one of those books that shows up at the right time and the right place. I was a junior in high school when I became interested in playing jazz vibes. The public library in suburban Chelmsford, Massachusetts (where I grew…

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Spotify now has Aebersold Play Alongs

By David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

This will be quick, but I am so excited about it I thought it warranted a post.  Spotify now has all (at least 100) of the Jamey Aebersold play along albums available, free.  Aebersold is a jazz saxophone player  and jazz educator. Over the past 4o years or…

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Bobby Hutcherson and the Pentatonic Scale

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

One of my favorite vibes players is Bobby Hutcherson. I especially like his Blue Note recordings from 1963 through 1969. His playing is melodic, adventurous and provides an experimental foil to the playing of Milt Jackson.  I started transcribing his solos …

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