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"Essential Rhythms for the Jazz Ensemble"
Written and Arranged By: Doug Beach & George Shutack
Instrumentation: All Instruments and Keys
Publisher: Kendor Music, Inc.
Grade - 2 1/2 Swing/Bossa Nova/Rock Tempo - Set to own pace. $50.00
One of the components of any successful jazz ensemble is a strong sense of rhythm. There are two essential areas of concern when approaching rhythms which are, one, the accuracy of the rhythmic figures and two, the proper articulation for the style at hand, i.e. swing versus rock.
"Essential Rhythms for the Jazz Ensemble" will address this much over looked area in today’s schools throughout the global jazz society. A number of years ago IAJE Hall of Fame winner Jerry Coker came out with a book addressing this very important part of our teaching called, “Jazz Figure Reading Studies.” This book is much more sophisticated and lends itself to a more advanced single student where as "Essential Rhythms for the Jazz Ensemble" allows the entire ensemble to play and learn together at a very early age.
Doug Beach and George Shutack have taken Swing, Latin and Rock Rhythms and given the whole big band a chance to experience the essential rhythms in each style. Now your entire young ensemble can experience new rhythms together as they grow and learn under your direction as you utilize this invaluable tool to answer their questions about time and style.
Top note for trumpet is G above the staff