Jazz is an aural tradition - players learn as much from listening to other musicians as they do from reading notation. To emphasise this, ABRSM's new package of jazz piano titles contains a CD for each grade which will be invaluable in learning the pieces, recreating the styles and understanding the materials. Each CD contains performances of all the pieces for the grade, a sample set of aural tests, with an 'examiner' and 'candidate' showing how these will be administered in the exam, and some additional practice aural tests, and examples of quick studies and scales. You also get the chance to play along with a professional drummer and bass-player in three 'minus one' tracks, and each CD starts with three exhilarating trio takes to get you into the groove.
Prove you Groove [Trio take] [Phil Peskett] ; Is you is, or Is you ain't (ma' Baby)? [Trio take] [Billy Austin / Louis Jordan] ; He is sadly melting [Trio take] [Phil Peskett] ; Bags' Groove [Minus one track] [Milt Jackson] ; Perdido [Minus one track] [Juan Tizol] ; Yokate [Minus one track] [Huw Warren] ; Bedford Square Blues [Richard Michael] ; Oh Lord, Don't let them Drop that Atomic Bomb on me [Charles Mingus] ; Bags' Groove [Milt Jackson] ; Slinky Thing [Simon Whiteside] ; Prove you Groove [Phil Peskett] ; Perdido [Juan Tizol] ; Inchworm [Frank Loesser] ; Jean Pierre [Miles Davis] ; (Old Man from) The old Country [Nat Adderley / Curtis Lewis] ; Is you is, or Is you ain't (ma' Baby)? [Billy Austin / Louis Jordan] ; Bottle Junction [Nikki Iles] ; Blue Autumn [Eddie Harvey] ; He is sadly melting [Phil Peskett] ; Here we go again [Michael Garrick] ; Yokate [Huw Warren]