Jazz Music Articles

Jazz Music Articles

Jazz Inside Magazine Interview
Here is a link to an Interview with Dan Adler in Jazz Inside Magazine, Guitar Lovers’ Celebration, March 2011.

Interview with Dan Adler in Jazz Inside Magazine, Guitar Lovers’ Celebration, March 2011 with link to pdf.

WikiPedia

WikiPedia mentions Dan Adler’s Cycles article (see below) in two entries: Interval Cycle and Coltrane Changes.

WikiPedia mentions Dan Adler's Cycles article in two entries: Interval Cycle and Coltrane Changes.
WikiPedia mentions Dan Adler’s Cycles article in two entries: Interval Cycle and Coltrane Changes. Link to Dan Adler 12 page Cycles pdf.
WikiPedia mentions Dan Adler's Cycles article in two entries: Interval Cycle and Coltrane Changes.
WikiPedia mentions Dan Adler’s Cycles article in two entries: Interval Cycle and Coltrane Changes. Link to Dan Adler 12 page Cycles pdf.

WikiPedia mentions Dan Adler’s Cycles article (see below) in two entries: Interval Cycle and Coltrane Changes.

Jazz Inside Magazine Articles

The ‘Giant Steps’ Progression and Cycle Diagrams (Appeared in Jazz Improv Magazine Volume 3, No. 3)

The ‘Giant Steps’ Progression and Cycle Diagrams is a 12 page pdf by Dan Adler. Dan started to investigate musical cycles systematically following a master class by the great alto saxophonist Gary Bartz at Michiko Rehearsal Studios in NYC, where he made the statement that all the secrets of Jazz harmonic progressions and substitutions can be deduced from studying cycles.           Link to 12 page Cycles pdf

Jazz Improv CD & Performance Reviews

The following reviews are freely downloadable as part of Jazz Inside NY. Other reviews appear in back issues of Jazz Inside’s Quarterly Magazine

Gig Reviews: George Coleman, Dave Liebman (Quest)

Dan Adler Gig Reviews: George Coleman, Dave Liebman (Quest) with link to October 2005 Jazz Improv pdf
Dave Liebman’s QuestLive at Birdland September 14-16, 2005
Dave Liebman’s Quest Live at Birdland September 14-16, 2005. Live performance review by Dan Adler, with link to October 2005 Jazz Improv pdf

Gig Review: Django Reinhardt New York Festival

Django Birdland review by Dan Adler with link to Jazz Improv 2006 pdf

Gig Review: Bucky Pizzarelli, Gene Bertoncini, Frank Vignola, Russell Malone & others.
CD Reviews: Jimmy Ponder, Mark Whitfield

Jack Kleinsinger’s Highlights in Jazz: An Evening of Jazz Guitar
Jack Kleinsinger’s Highlights in Jazz: An Evening of Jazz Guitar, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, January 5, 2006 Review by Dan Adler with link to Jazz Improv pdf
Jimmy Ponder CD Review by Dan Adler,
Jimmy Ponder CD Review by Dan Adler, in Jazz Improv February 2006, with link to pdf
Mark Whitfield CD Review by Dan Adler
Mark Whitfield CD Review by Dan Adler, in Jazz Improv February 2006, with link to pdf

CD Review of Pat Martino’s “Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery” by Dan Adler
CD Review of Pat Martino’s “Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery” by Dan Adler in April 2006 Jazz Improv with link to pdf

CD Review: Avi Rothbard

Avi Rothbard CD Review, by Dan Adler
Avi Rothbard CD Review, by Dan Adler in June 2006 Jazz Improv with link to the pdf

Gig Reviews: Joe Giglio & Paul Bollenback , Hendrik Meurkens, Jack Wilkins

Joe Giglio & Paul Bollenback, Gig review by Dan Adler
Joe Giglio & Paul Bollenback, Gig review by Dan Adler August2006_with Jazz Improv pdf link

Gig Review: Hendrik Meurkens

Hendrik Meurkens, Gig review by Dan Adler
Hendrik Meurkens, Gig review by Dan Adler, with August 2006 Jazz Improv pdf link

Gig Review: Jack Wilkins

Jack Wilkins, Gig review by Dan Adler
Jack Wilkins, Gig review by Dan Adler August 2006 with Jazz Improv pdf link

Gig Reviews: Dave Liebman with Reuben Hoch and Tom Lippincott, The “Mahavishnu Project” play Jan Hammer

Reuben Hoch-Chassidic Jazz Project,Gig Review by Dan Adler
Reuben Hoch-Chassidic Jazz Project,Gig Review by Dan Adler October 2006, link to Jazz Improv pdf

Gig Reviews: Dave Liebman with Reuben Hoch and Tom Lippincott, The “Mahavishnu Project” play Jan Hammer

Mahavishnu Project, Gig Review by Dan Adler link to Jazz Improv Oct 2006 pdf

CD Review: Rez Abbasi

Rez Abbasi, CD Review by Adler
Rez Abbasi, CD Review by Adler with link to Jazz Improv Feb 2007 pdf

Gig Review: Billy Cobham with Sylvain Luc

Billy Cobham, Live performance review, by Dan Adler
Billy Cobham, Live performance review, by Dan Adler with link to Jazz Improv Feb 2007

Gig Review: Anat Fort

Anat Fort Gig review by Dan Adler
Anat Fort Gig review by Dan Adler, with link to Jazz Improv May 2007 pdf

CD Reviews: Steve Herberman, Yotam Silberstein

Steve Herberman Gig review by Dan Adler
Steve Herberman Gig review by Dan Adler with link to Jazz Improv May 2009 pdf

CD Reviews: Steve Herberman, Yotam Silberstein

Yotam Silberstein Gig review by Dan Adler
Yotam Silberstein Gig review by Dan Adler with link to Jazz Improv May 2009 pdf

 

Gig Reviews: Jack Wilkins with Bucky Pizzarelli (Bella Luna), Dmitri Kolesnik Quartet (Dizzy’s)
CD Review: Joe Diorio and Joe Giglio

Dmitri Kolesnik Quartet and Jack Wilkins Gig Reviews by Dan Adler
Dmitri Kolesnik Quartet and Jack Wilkins Gig Reviews by Dan Adler with link to Jazz Improv December 2010 pdf

JazzTimes Community Reviews

You can find more of my reviews at the JazzTimes website. CD reviews for: Peter Sprague, Paul Bollenback, Jack Grassel (with Tal Farlow), and Yotam Silberstein.

Unpublished Articles

Make Your Notes Bounce

Make Your Notes Bounce
Link to ‘Make Your Notes Bounce’ Article by Dan Adler

Great musicians of all disciplines share one thing in common: their notes bounce. But, what does that mean? And how do you acquire it?

This article will try to demystify this subject by isolating extreme examples of how it is done by a variety of great players in classical and jazz disciplines.

 

 

 

Shortcut to II-V-I for beginner Jazz Guitarists

 ‘Shortcut to II-V-I for beginner Jazz Guitarists’ article by Dan Adler
Link to ‘Shortcut to II-V-I for beginner Jazz Guitarists’ article by Dan Adler

A II-V-I is the main progression used in Jazz. Getting a good foundation in tackling the II-V-I progression is essential for any jazz guitarist.

In order for the foundation to be solid, the guitarist must have a strong visual picture in his/her mind of how the chords relate to the arpeggios and scale fragments.

 

 

 


Extended Pentatonic Fingerings for Guitar

Link to ‘Extended Pentatonic Fingering’ article by Dan Adler

Most guitarists learn Pentatonic scale fingerings very early in their
careers.

These are usually based around the minor pentatonic forms and
typically span 3 or 4 frets.

 

 

 


Pat Martino: 12 Chromatic Forms for Guitar

 'Pat Martino: 12 Chromatic Forms for Guitar' article
Link to ‘Pat Martino: 12 Chromatic Forms for Guitar’ article by Dan Adler

These are 12 forms for a chromatic scale with octave displacements as taught by Pat Martino when he was at GIT in the 70’s.

As far as I know it has not appeared in any book since then and was simply handed out to students. It is reproduced here from a photo copy with the original copyright. Each line is a form, and ends on the next note up or down from the starting point so that it can repeat one step up or down.

 

 

Jazz Guitar Books I Recommend

Joe Pass Guitar Style

Joe Pass Guitar Style – Every jazz guitarist should own this book. Make sure you get the CD that goes along with the book, and while you’re at it, get the other Joe Pass books on Carole Kaye’s site as well!

 

 

 

Peter Sprague, The Sprague Technique
Peter Sprague, The Sprague Technique

Peter Sprague, The Sprague Technique – This book gives a great foundation in arpeggios, scale patterns, and how to apply them to jazz improvisation. Next to the Joe Pass book, this is the one I spent the most time studying. Check out Peter’s other books and CD’s as well!

 

 

 

 

Jim Snidero’s Jazz Conception Series
Jim Snidero’s Jazz Conception Series

Jim Snidero’s Jazz Conception Series – Great bebop improvisations written out and played by the great Joe Cohn on guitar. There is so much to learn from just being able to play these etudes along with the CD.

 

 

 

 

Michael Horowitz, Gypsy Picking
Michael Horowitz, Gypsy Picking

Michael Horowitz, Gypsy Picking – Michael has finally revealed the secret of Django’s right hand technique. Joe Pass used a variation of this technique as well.

 

 

 

 

Roni Ben Hur, Talk Jazz (The Guitar Edition)
Roni Ben Hur, Talk Jazz (The Guitar Edition)

Roni Ben Hur, Talk Jazz (The Guitar Edition) – Based on the Barry Harris method, Roni spells out a path to bebop jazz guitar mastery. Definitely get the guitar edition, as Roni’s fingering concepts are very powerful. The accompanying CD is a gem in itself.

 

 

 

 

Pat Martino

Pat Martino, Linear Expressions – A very practical book that really gives insight into how Pat Martino constructs his lines.

 

 

 

 

Lee Ryan, The Natural Classical Guitar (The Principles of Effortless Playing)
Lee Ryan, The Natural Classical Guitar (The Principles of Effortless Playing)

Lee Ryan, The Natural Classical Guitar (The Principles of Effortless Playing) – A practical guide to reducing tension in guitar playing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Wilkins’ collection of Articles from Just Jazz Guitar (JJG) offer some priceless advice.
Jack Wilkins’ collection of Articles from Just Jazz Guitar (JJG)

Jack Wilkins’ collection of Articles from Just Jazz Guitar (JJG) offer some priceless advice.

 

 

 

 

 

Jazz Improvisation Books

Jamey Aebersold Free Jazz Handbook
Jamey Aebersold Free Jazz Handbook

Jamey Aebersold’s Free Jazz Handbook – A great resource for jazz students in the form of individual PDF files.

 

 

 

 

'Jazz Improvisation, Vol. 1: Tonal and Rhythmic Principles' by John Mehegan
‘Jazz Improvisation, Vol. 1: Tonal and Rhythmic Principles’
by John Mehegan

John Mehegan Vol. 1 – Still one of the best places to start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerry Bergonzi (Vol 1-5)
Jerry Bergonzi (Vol 1-5)

Jerry Bergonzi (Vol 1-5) – Starts where Mehegan leaves off, and presents a more modern approach to jazz improvisation.

 

 

 

 

Pentatonics - Inside Improvisation Series Vol.2 by Jerry Bergonzi
Pentatonics – Inside Improvisation Series Vol.2 by Jerry Bergonzi

Volume 2 is the definitive guide to Pentatonic vocabulary in modern Jazz.

 

 

 

 

 

Bert Ligon, Connecting Chords with Linear Harmony
Bert Ligon, Connecting Chords with Linear Harmony

Bert Ligon, Connecting Chords with Linear Harmony – This book distills the principles of creating bebop lines to 3 formulas with many variations.

 

 

 

 

 

The Art of Jazz Trumpet by John McNeil
The Art of Jazz Trumpet by John McNeil

John McNeil, The Art of Jazz Trumpet – This is the only book I know devoted solely to jazz articulation. Although it’s for trumpet players – I have found this book immensely helpful for guitar.

Ear Training

Alain Benbassat’s “Functional EarTrainer” – A freeware program for learning to hear notes relative to a root progression. T
Alain Benbassat’s “Functional Ear Trainer”

Alain Benbassat’s “Functional EarTrainer – A freeware program for learning to hear notes relative to a root progression. This is a great program, and Alain made it available for free!

 

 

 

 

Earope has exercises essential for jazz ear training
Earope has exercises essential for jazz ear training

Earope – This program has intervals, scales, chords, inversions, progressions, melody and rhythm exercises – all of which are essential for jazz ear training. You can control exactly what you want to work on in each session.

 

 

 

 

EarMaster Pro is a great program for ear training.
EarMaster Pro is a great program for ear training.

EarMaster Pro – This is a great program for ear training. It has interval and chord identification, progressions, scale identification as well as a variety of rhythm studies. It takes you through a series of steps, always remembering what you have completed, and grading you on accuracy.

 

 

 

 

David Burge’s Relative Pitch Ear Training SuperCourse
David Burge’s Relative Pitch Ear Training SuperCourse

David Burge’s Relative Pitch Ear Training SuperCourse – Although David makes a lot of waves with his perfect pitch course (which didn’t work for me), I studied his relative pitch course a few years back when it was on cassettes, and it really is a great course! One of the unique features of the course is the ‘lightening rounds’ which help you identify intervals instinctively rather than intellectually. You can get the same results by using some of the software products on the market, but David’s approach is worth checking out.

Play Along

Band In a Box is a great learning tool for Jazz Musicians
Band In a Box is a great learning tool for Jazz Musicians

Band In a Box – This is a tool that no Jazz musician should be without. Entering a chord progression for improvising is as simple as writing it down on paper (it understands all the intuitive abbreviations). You can find a huge number of jazz fakebooks (including melodies and changes) for BIAB on The BIAB Project Site. Don’t buy the fake books that pgmusic sells – they are not that good. The other great thing about BIAB is the Jazz Soloist feature. You can ask the program to devise a Jazz solo in a chosen style (you can buy extra styles on the pgmusic site). These solos are surprisingly good and you can see them in music notation and hear the Midi track, which is a great learning tool.

 

 

Jamey Aebersold has the best online store for Jazz related products (including software)
Jamey Aebersold

Jamey Aebersold – You can’t live without the Aebersold play-alongs, and this is the best online store for Jazz related products (including software)

Editing

Coda Print Music is a full-blown music notation editor
Coda Print Music is a full-blown music notation editor

Coda PrintMusic! 2000 – A full-blown music notation editor for just $69.99! This program has almost all of the features of its big brother Finale which are relevant to a jazz musician. You can write compositions or exercises, chord changes, instrument parts, transpositions (including chord changes!), and even extract parts. You can enter transcriptions and have it play it back for accuracy, and the print quality is professional (especially with the free jazz font).  (not available)

 

 

 

Goldwave is an excellent tool for extracting solos for transcription.
Goldwave Digital Audio Editor

Goldwave Digital Audio Editor – This program lets you read in music files in many formats and then edit it and (optionally) slow it down. An excellent tool for extracting solos for transcription.

Jazz Musicians’ Web Sites

David Liebman – One of the great Jazz educators of our time.
David Liebman

David Liebman – One of the great Jazz educators of our time.

 

 

 

 

Hal Galper 's famous articles on Forward Motion are available here
Hal Galper

Hal Galper – Hal’s famous articles on Forward Motion are available here.

 

 

 

Chick Corea
Chick Corea

Chick Corea – What would Jazz be like without him? (don’t ask Ken Burns)

 

 

 

Makoto Ozone
Makoto Ozone

Makoto Ozone – One of my favorite contemporary piano players.

 

 

 

Steve Grossman
Steve Grossman

Steve Grossman – One of my favorite post-Rollins sax players.

 

 

 

 

Kenny Werner, Effortless Mastery
Kenny Werner

Kenny Werner – If you haven’t read Effortless Mastery you should get a copy immediately

 

 

 

 

Greg Osby
Greg Osby

Greg Osby – One of the most original improvisors in modern jazz. Also a very thoughtful teacher – very generous with information (I attended a master class with Greg at Michiko Studio in New York.

Jazz Guitar Websites

George Benson
George Benson

George Benson – Benson’s official home page.

 

 

 

 

Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny – Pat’s official home page.

 

 

 

Classic Jazz Guitar – My favorite Jazz Guitar bio site.  (unavailable April 2019)

Jack Wilkins
Jack Wilkins

Jack Wilkins – One of my favorite jazz guitarists of all time, and an inspiring teacher. Check out his great instructional video on his website.

 

 

 

Rick Stone
Rick Stone

Rick Stone – A great player and teacher.

 

 

 

 

Adam Rafferty
Adam Rafferty

Adam Rafferty – A great player plus some great study materials

 

 

 

 

Peter Sprague
Peter Sprague

Peter Sprague – One of my favorite guitar players and a great teacher. Check out his transcriptions and guitar method book.

 

 

 

 

Avi Rothbard
Avi Rothbard

Avi Rothbard – A great fellow Israeli jazz guitarist that is taking New York by storm. Check out his site!

 

 

 

 

Roni Ben Hur
Roni Ben Hur

Roni Ben Hur – A fellow Israeli and a great jazz guitarist

 

 

 

 

Frank Gambale
Frank Gambale

Frank Gambale – Although Chuck Wayne invented ‘sweep picking’ – Frank Gambale has developed it to perfection.

 

 

 

Rodney Jones
Rodney Jones

Rodney Jones – One of the greatest modern players around.

 

 

 

Ulf Wakenius
Ulf Wakenius

Ulf Wakenius – An amazing player to check out.

 

 

 

Lorne Lofsky
Lorne Lofsky

Lorne Lofsky – A modern-day giant from the Canadian chordal school. Site has video clips with Oscar Peterson.

 

 

 

Robert Conti
Robert Conti

Robert Conti – Some good technical exercises

 

 

 

 

Joe Giglio
Joe Giglio

Joe Giglio – A great New-York based Guitar player, and a great newly designed website! Thanks to Joe for including my picture sitting in with him at his regular Friday evening gig at 107 Broadway (see the photos link page 1).

 

 

Satoshi Inoue
Satoshi Inoue

Satoshi Inoue – A very original guitarist and teacher with a very modern melodic approach. A student of the great Jim Hall.

 

 

 

Charlie Christian
Charlie Christian

Garry Hansen’s Charlie Christian Site – This is an unbelievable site (via web.archive.org)  with real-audio and full transcriptions of some of the most important Jazz Guitar solos in history, plus a great tutorial on the Charlie Christian style.

 

 

 

Reno De Stefano
Reno De Stefano

Reno De Stefano – A Canadian Guitarist and author of a series in Just Jazz Guitar on Antecedent-Consequent Phrases. You can find the articles at Reno’s web site.

 

 

 

Jack Grassel
Jack Grassel

Jack Grassel – A great guitarist and creator of some of the best jazz guitar books on the market. “Guitar Seeds” and Jack’s series of transcription books are highly recommended.

 

 

 

Richard Boukas
Richard Boukas

Richard Boukas – Everything you wanted to know and hear about Brazilian Guitar.

 

 

 

 

Gene Bertoncini
Gene Bertoncini

Gene Bertoncini – A virtuoso of the classical guitar in a jazz context.

 

 

 

 

Paul Bollenback
Paul Bollenback

Paul Bollenback – One of the finest jazz guitarists around.

 

 

 

 

Paul Myers
Paul Myers

Paul Meyers – A wonderful classical and Brazilian fingerstyle player.

 

 

 

Mark Kleinhaut
Mark Kleinhaut

Mark Kleinhaut – A fantastic guitar player from Maine who deserves wider recognition.

 

 

 

 

Barry Wedgle
Barry Wedgle

Barry Wedgle – A jazz guitarist with an ultra-modern approach and an independent record label (Exit Records).

The Universe

The Accelerating Universe
The Accelerating Universe

“The Accelerating Universe : Infinite Expansion, the Cosmological Constant, and the Beauty of the Cosmos” by Mario Livio – Explore the link between Astronomy and Art

Chamber Music in New Jersey

 

Mostly Music
Mostly Music

MOSTLY MUSIC – A chamber music series in New Jersey.