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from Quartet to Big Band, presents all the tools and
techniques of jazz arranging in an efficient and comprehensive
format. This textbook, which can be studied either individually or
in a classroom environment, includes a CD (mac/pc) with sixty-one
audio examples corresponding to scores in the book and separate
files of all the assignments.
Jazz theory and harmony, principles of jazz voice leading, voicing
techniques, rules governing music calligraphy, chord symbol
nomenclature, and jazz notation and articulation are presented in
a very systematic (step by step) approach. Attention is given to
the function of each instrument in the ensemble, including their
range, register, transposition, dynamic capabilities, and
idiomatic characteristics. Theories of balance and blend are
provided with multiple recordings and scores.
The most unique feature in Jazz Arranging Techniques is the way in
which the many techniques are examined and applied. This book
provides examples of techniques used in small and large ensembles
and further explains in detail how to create voicings for four to
six mixed horns (brass and reeds), five saxophones, four
trombones, four trumpets, eight brass and full ensemble (brass and
reeds combined). The over fifty scoring examples and four complete
arrangements with recordings provide a wealth of material
supporting the techniques examined in this text. Parts notation
for rhythm-section is covered in great detail as well as methods
of articulating horn lines, adjusting the balance and blend, etc..
With an approach that builds on earlier knowledge, Jazz Arranging
Techniques is a very comprehensive textbook that provides an
accessible yet thorough examination of jazz writing.