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Joey DeFrancesco's Concepts for Improvisation (Piano with online audio) Paperback – January 1, 1999
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When I first received this book, I flipped through it and was initially disappointed. There was very little text or explanation and what was written wasn't written by Joey D. However after listening to the CD and working through it, I really dig it. The part that Joey contributes is the only part that really matters.
Here is the deal, this book is basically a baby step on the way to transcribing solos and analyzing them. What you get is a CD with containing two versions of each track. The first is Joey playing both the bass line and solo/lead with a light sounding drum machine and the second features just the drum track and Joey's left hand bass line, like a play along track. The book features a transcription of Joey's playing for each full track.
You get four two-chorus solos for the blues (plus three versions of each solo in different keys so you end up with recordings and transcriptions for the blues in all 12 keys). You get 10 tracks of bebop style licks over II-V, II-V-I, III-VI-II-V-I progressions (each track moves through all twelve keys). And finally you get two full songs recorded and transcribed, one blues and one bebop style tune.
Now here is the good Baby Step part. For the blues, Joey gives you a two chorus blues solo built on Dorian Scales. The next version Joey adds in use of the whole tone scale. The next he uses the Half diminished and the last one he uses the blues scale. Each one is progressive and incorporates material from the prior solos.Read more ›
I'm kind of embarrassed that Joey signed off on this project as it is, because I hold him in the highest of esteem. I think the serious student would be better off transcribing a portion of one solo of Joey's they particularly admire. I think you'd get the licks and a more accurate understanding of what's he's doing than this book can give you.
I bought this hoping for the fast lane to Joey-land. The transcriptions are just too computer-cheesy. The motivated student could (and should) correct the computer's work, but caveat emptor. But, if you think buying this book will in some way support Joey, then it's worth sending some $ his way. Jazz cannot be a very easy way to make a living...