Fans of jazz and upright bass will love this great package of performance videos and jazz bass history. These videos and the book are also available separately, but buying them together as a package saves you some money. Below is some information about what you get in this great 3-pack.
The Jazz Bass Book
Technique and Tradition
By John Goldsby (Foreword by Ron Carter)
Goldsby is a respected bass player and Bass Player Magazine columnist. His book, "The Jazz Bass Book," is an in-depth look at the tradition, history and personalities of jazz bass. Designed for bass players and jazz fans alike, it is - as far as we know - the first comprehensive reference of its kind.
More than a player's manual, this book portrays jazz bass as a vital element of 20th century American music. Citing examples from key jazz recordings over the years, the book defines the essence of the musical contributions made by more than 70 important jazz bassists, including Ray Brown, Eddie Gomez, Charles Mingus, Milt Hinton and many others. It explores all facets of jazz bass playing from the development of "walking", to the musical interaction inside a rhythm section, to the contribution made by every important jazz bassist.
The beauty of this book is that it's multi-purpose - you can put it on a music stand, take out your bass, and do a little "book-learnin'" - but you can also kick back in the recliner and gain some insight on your favorite players, with well-written mini-biographies aplenty. There's also special sections, like "Afro-Cuban Bass" and "The Cello in Jazz" to give you some food for thought. And most chapters have "For Further Listening" recommendations for additional recordings to expand your knowledge of the player or sub-genre you're reading about. And of course, the included CD has some great tracks as well. A comprehensive book that is more than just a lesson book... more than just a biography... more than an encyclopedia of jazz...
Bassists get expert guidance on mastering proper technique, practice methods and improvisation, plus new insight into the theoretical and conceptual aspects of jazz. The companion CD featuring bass plus rhythm section allows readers to hear technical examples from the book, presented in slow and fast versions. It also offers play-along tracks of typical chord progressions and song forms.
It's also great for someone interested in jazz history; you can trace the development of this uniquely American art form through its greatest players - from early New Orleans jazz through swing, bebop, and the avant-garde. The book contains exclusive interviews, transcriptions, and profiles, and has many photographs.
Charles Mingus - Live in '64
Concert Performance Video (DVD)
This excellent concert DVD from the Jazz Icons series is a combination of sets from three exceptional concerts, performed in April 1964 - over a period of eight days traveling through Belgium, Norway and Sweden. Often considered to be his most celebrated lineup, his group for this collection features:
The DVD features a 24-page booklet with: liner notes by Rob Bowman; foreword by Andrew Homzy; afterword by Sue Mingus; cover photo by Guy Le Querrec; booklet photos by Lee Tanner, Jan Persson, Riccardo Schwamenthal; memorabilia collage; and more.
- Jaki Byard (piano)
- Dannie Richmond (drums)
- Johnny Coles (trumpet)
- Clifford Jordan (tenor sax)
- Eric Dolphy (alto sax, flute and bass clarinet)
The DVD runs 120 minutes, and is an excellent opportunity to see jazz masters in their prime. This was recorded only months prior to the passing of Eric Dolphy.
Ron Carter & Art Farmer: Live at Sweet Basil
Concert Performance Video (DVD)
From a performance at New York's Sweet Basil, this concert, recorded in 1990, features four jazz masters for a great set of music. Joining legendary bassist Ron Carter is Art Farmer (trumpet/flugelhorn), Cedar Walton (piano), and Billy Higgins (drums). Included among the songs are standards like "My Funny Valentine," as well as originals written for this show.
More than just the concert is included, though - you also get behind the scenes rehearsal footage, interviews, and more. This DVD concert video is also enhanced with 60 minutes of special bonus features, like:
- Trivia and fun facts subtitles
- Instant access to over 40 selections and 20 instrumental solos
- Artist bios
- A photo gallery
- Bonus music of Art Farmer and Billy Higgins
- Bonus video of Ron Carter
- Multi-directional interactive menus
This DVD has a runtime of 2 hours, and features digitally mastered audio and video, with Dolby Digital Stereo audio tracks.
Note: Due to copyright restrictions, opened books, CDs, DVDs, and other learning materials are not returnable (except for replacement in the case of defective items).