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Explore six beautiful jazz standards and learn chord changes, voicings, embellishments and other essential tools to broaden your jazz vocabulary. Andy teaches both basic and complex versions of each song while recording it on the Yamaha Disklavier. As he replays the disk at half-speed, he gives a detailed explanation of the music. Andy's reharmonization (a different chordal structure under the melody) and contrafacts (a new melody composed over the original chord structure) for each tune complete this in-depth lesson from a master of improvisation.

Songs: "Just Friends," "My Romance," "How Deep Is The Ocean," "Night And Day," "Body And Soul," "Like Someone In Love."


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Product Details

  • Actors: Andy LaVerne
  • Directors: Happy Traum
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Homespun Tapes
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F3UO80
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,807 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. Wood on August 21, 2010
This DVD has really helped me expand my jazz piano playing, and sped up my development.

Andy takes 6 great standard tunes and shows how you might arrange the song from a lead sheet which just shows the melody and the basic chord changes.

First he just demonstrates a basic version of the tune with basic 7th chord voicings in the left hand and melody in the right hand. He then demonstrates a more elaborate version of the tune by using more complex voicings and some approach chords that make the arrangement sound a lot fuller. By playing it back at 50% speed on the Disklavier piano without Andy obstructing the keys, you get to see these voicings which is very, very helpful.

He then reharmonises the tune which I still have to study, but is obviously very useful to show what can de done by completely changing the harmonic structure of the tune, makes the song sound completely fresh. Andy finishes off by playing a contrafact which is a new melody over the original chord changes.

I always used to ask what the "secret" was to the voicings of legendary players like Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock etc but Andy Laverne shows how to do it. Sometimes it is just one or two notes that make the chord sound richer, and this DVD unlocks the "secrets" to these questions of what the legends actually do.

I would say this is the best Jazz Piano DVD on the market. I wouldn't recommend it to beginners, as knowledge of basic chords and harmony is required. There is a lot of material/study here but it's just like having a one to one lesson with an incredible jazz pianist. I wish he would do another sequel DVD with more arrangements of other standards.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tritone on January 11, 2014
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Oh my gosh... I read the other reviews, and I was hoping that I would at least be able to learn and play the basic versions of these standards. I may still be able to do that, but it's going to take a LOT of work. Andy frequently refers the viewers back to the Modern Jazz Piano video for chord theory. Maybe I should have watched/studied that one first.This should be considered a master class. No doubt there are people (jazz educators, music majors, professional musicians, etc) that are capable of learning from this video the way it was intended. I'm just not one of them. That said, I'm so glad that Andy has written the books and recorded the DVDs that he has. Appreciate his commitment to teaching jazz piano.

The first run thru the song Andy shows us how to play the tune with what he calls basic 2 and 3 note voicings. (sounds easy right?) He plays a lot of arpeggios in the basic versions. Little finger playing the bass/root of the chord and then reaches up to play 2 and 3 note voicings an octave up. The basic arrangements are good, but not easy.

Then he shows us (and talks us thru) his arrangement of the tune - beautiful but tough for me to wrap my brain around. We're expected to be able to watch the keyboard (song being played back at half speed) and pick up the voicings. I would have thought I would be able to do that, but (huh) it will take many hours of pressing the rewind key and documenting the voicings for each song.

Next Andy shows us his re-harmonization of the tune. He walks us through what he's doing (chord substitutions) the why and how it makes sense (instead of this, I did that - which is a tri-tone away, etc).

And finally he plays a contrafact (uses the chords from the original tune, but comes up with a new melody).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom Ewall on March 29, 2013
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I was really interested in seeing what the product would be like, given the mixed reviews. To cut to the chase, I would highly recommend the video, but with an important caveat.

The caveat is that this is definitely NOT intended for someone at a beginning level. It requires a very strong background, especially from the standpoint of being familiar with chords, as he throws out complex chords names one after the other, so you if you don't have a strong background as to chord spellings, you'll very likely be lost. It's not intended to be a primer in theory; that background is assumed.

There are two strong points to the video, IMO. The first is when Andy goes through the video at half-speed, and sometimes at full speed, and explains his thinking. I found that to be the most useful. That is, more than the actual chords chosen themselves, but the WHY. He does a really good job doing a very difficult thing, which is to explain the thinking behind the choice. Often in playing one chooses chords without really knowing why, so the temptation is to say something like "I tried this, and liked the sound of it, so went with it", which isn't very useful from an educational standpoint. Andy doesn't do this, but has reasons for the choices he makes, and being able to share in the thinking process of an accomplished musician is the best part of the video, to my way of thinking. So if that's something which sounds intriguing, I would recommend the video.

A weak point to the video is that arrangements are not written out. So if you want to play note for note what Andy is playing, be prepared for a lot of work. That this wasn't done is the biggest disappointment to me. Andy's voicings are always top notch, so I would really liked to have seen them written out.
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