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Jazz Arranging Techniques 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.

Copyright 2004 Gary Lindsay / Staff Art Publishing. All rights reserved.