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Jazz Composition and Arranging in the Digital Age Paperback – February 13, 2012
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"Jazz Composition and Arranging in the Digital Age is a must have for any musician who plans to be a jazz musician. As composition and arranging are integral parts of developing a sound and style as a jazz artist, this book covers the basic considerations that will provide the skills to allow this to happen. Richard and Mike have left no stone unturned in laying out the fundamentals of composition and orchestration. This is a great book compiled by two fantastic musicians. I've already learned several things on the first read-through, and am looking forward to going back for more." --Bob Mintzer
"Richard Sussman and Michael Abene have created an all encompassing look into the techniques and methods for realizing a musical arrangement in the 21st century. However, what really sets this book apart is the great care the authors take to emphasize that the only true guide for any musician is one's inner ear and creative instincts, thus constantly encouraging the reader to assume ultimate responsibility and ownership of the creative process." --Gil Goldstein
"Unique and cutting edge. Just when it seemed the subject had no new approaches to uncover come Sussman and Abene. Grounded with solid basics and served up in the language of today's computer-enhanced music world. An extraordinary, must-have reference for all arrangers from the beginner to the seasoned pro." --Gary Anderson, Arranger / Orchestrator for TV & Film
"This is one of the most comprehensive books ever written on the subject and the detailed helpful hints on using Finale or Sibelius make it THE book to use in this new century. This textbook is invaluable for college teachers and their students." --Richard DeRosa, Professor of Jazz Composition and Arranging, University of North Texas
"A comprehensive book--both musically and technologically--for the 21st-century jazz composer-arranger, written by two masters of the art." --Bill Kirchner, jazz musician/producer/historian/educator, and editor of The Oxford Companion To Jazz
"Richard Sussman is a great arranger - I wish I had met him 10 years earlier." --Hank Jones
"Written by a couple of seasoned professionals, this book is chock full of useful information. In addition, it gives the reader access to a website which is another great source for information. Well done!" --Jim McNeely
"Jazz Composition & Arranging In the Digital Age by Richard Sussman & Michael Abene is quite amazing! I'm sure it will set a new standard in jazz education." --Randy Brecker, Grammy award-winning trumpeter
"An important instructional text for aspiring arrangers...It hopefully encourages the creative reader, as Abene says in his foreword, to inquire into all aspects of making music." --Jazzinstitut.de
"Rarely do composition and arranging books bridge the gap between technique and creativity. But in Jazz Composition and Arranging in the Digital Age, authors Richard Sussman and Michael Abene do so in a dynamic way, helping students and teachers use Sibelius and Finale to engage in composition. What distinguishes this book is that the material is presented with the idea of doing much of the creative work using notation software." --School Band & Orchestra
"A landmark resource." --JazzTimes
About the Author
An accomplished jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, Richard Sussman has also achieved widespread acclaim as a jazz educator, clinician, and music technologist. He has been a member of the Jazz Composition faculty at Manhattan School of Music for over 25 years and is also recipient of the prestigious ASCAP award for Jazz Composition.
Michael Abene is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest living jazz composer/arrangers. In addition to teaching jazz composition and arranging at the Manhattan School of Music, Abene co-directed the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop for many years.
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Abene is well known as a composer/arranger, but Sussman is no slouch either, thoroughly experienced as a composer for television, big band and symphony orchestra. In addition, Sussman has long been right in the middle of the latest developments in computer music resources. Both have taught for years at the Manhattan School of Music, so this material is road-tested.
Every concept that a student will need to begin writing for jazz ensembles large and small is clearly stated, supplemented with many examples, and illustrated on a companion website. Many suggestions are provided for input, editing and part preparation for the student using either Finale or Sibelius.
Because it is so comprehensive and easily readable, it is the perfect text for self-teaching. However, I cannot imagine that once a composition teacher sees this book (whether he/she teaches in high school or college), he/she will not immediately switch to this text, it is that good.
I have the pleasure of knowing both men. I am not surprised that they have prepared such an excellent volume.
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I've had the book for about two weeks. It's easy to understand and lists many examples through song and in illustration. It's easy to find the examples on YouTube. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amy