Five superb albums of graded pieces provide a wealth of jazz repertoire. Throughout, there is a huge range of styles, from bebop blues to calypsos, boogie-woogie to ballads, jazz waltzes to free jazz. There are classic tunes by the jazz greats, including Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. And there are brand-new pieces specially commissioned from professional British jazz musicians and educators. Each album presents 15 pieces in three lists: blues, standards and contemporary jazz. The head of each piece is set out with all the characteristic voicings, phrasing and rhythmic patterns you need for a stylish performance. The improvised section gives guideline pitches and left-hand voicings as a practical starting-point. Accessible, student-centred and of the highest musical standards, these pieces will get you playing jazz confidently and creatively.
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]