Burt Ligon has truely written a very useful and insightful work. He helps aspiring and established jazz players to understand why jazz lines (melodies) work. He gives us a window into a complex art form and helps us get a real handle on jazz's conventional wisdom that might have gone undedected. The book is well researched and the examples and exercises are quickly applicable. You can learn more in the first 10 pages of this book then in all the "jazz licks" books. Reading music is necessary.
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