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 Cycles 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

Jazz Guitar Books I Recommend

Jazz Improvisation Books

Ear Training

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

Editing

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Hal Galper – Hal’s famous articles on Forward Motion are available here.
  • Chick Corea – What would Jazz be like without him? (don’t ask Ken Burns)
  • Makoto Ozone – One of my favorite contemporary piano players.
  • Steve Grossman – One of my favorite post-Rollins sax players.
  • Kenny Werner – If you haven’t read Effortless Mastery you should get a copy immediately
  • 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 Web Sites

  • George Benson – Benson’s official home page.
  • Pat Metheny – Pat’s official home page.
  • Classic Jazz Guitar – My favorite Jazz Guitar bio site.
  • 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 – A great player and teacher.
  • Adam Rafferty – A great player plus some great study materials
  • Peter Sprague – One of my favorite guitar players and a great teacher. Check out his transcriptions and guitar method book.
  • Avi Rothbard – A great fellow Israeli jazz guitarist that is taking New York by storm. Check out his site!
  • Roni Ben Hur – A fellow Israeli and a great jazz guitarist
  • Frank Gambale – Although Chuck Wayne invented ‘sweep picking’ – Frank Gambale has developed it to perfection.
  • Rodney Jones – One of the greatest modern players around.
  • Ulf Wakenius – An amazing player to check out.
  • Lorne Lofsky – A modern-day giant from the Canadian chordal school. Site has video clips with Oscar Peterson.
  • Robert Conti – Some good technical exercises
  • Joe Giglio – A great New-York based Guitar player, and a great newly designed web site! 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 – A very original guitarist and teacher with a very modern melodic approach. A student of the great Jim Hall.
  • Garry Hansen’s Charlie Christian Site – This is an unbelievable site 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 – 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 – 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 – Everything you wanted to know and hear about Brazilian Guitar.
  • Gene Bertoncini – A virtuoso of the classical guitar in a jazz context.
  • Paul Bollenback – One of the finest jazz guitarists around.
  • Paul Meyers – A wonderful classical and brazilian fingerstyle player.
  • Mark Kleinhaut – A fantastic guitar player from Maine who deserves wider recognition.
  • Barry Wedgle – A jazz guitarist with an ultra-modern approach and an independent record label (Exit Records).

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