Rhythm Changes Soloing
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"Buster has developed a systematic way of improvising using chordal notes and chromatic notes that will enable the improviser to develop jazz vocabulary and harmonic detail. I thoroughly recommend this book and will be using it in my teaching.”
Steve Waterman - Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, The Royal Northern College of Music, Canterbury Christ Church University and The Purcell School. (Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, Tony Coe, Victor Mendoza, Mal Waldron, Graham Collier, Colin Towns)
"A clear and easy to follow guide to improvising on one of the most important vehicles in jazz repertoire, which goes meticulously by step from simple chord tone improvisation to chromatic alterations and harmonic substitutions."
Chris Batchelor - Senior Lecturer of Jazz Studies at Middlesex University, Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Trinity Laban conservatoire of music. (Michael Brecker, Sam Rivers, Hermeto Pascoal, Tim Berne and Uri Caine)
"Once again, Buster Birch has found creative and efficient solutions for some of the thorniest problems in jazz pedagogy. Highly recommended!"
Rex Richardson - (International trumpet artist, Yamaha Performing Artist, Joe Henderson Quintet).
"I like the way Buster takes the learner through those important steps needed to tackle these types of chord progressions. Simple to follow and enjoyable to play along to, the student should find it easier to progress using his methods.”
Andy Panayi - Professor of Jazz and Classical Flute at The Royal College of Music and The Birmingham Conservatoire of Music.
“Another excellent publication, an invaluable resource for jazz students and students of the music”.
Simon Purcell - International Chair in Improvisation at the Guildhall School of Music in London. Formerly Head of Jazz at Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance from 2005-2017 and member of the Pop and Jazz Steering Group for the Association of European Conservatoires from 2009-2018.
"Buster is not only a great musician, but he also presents such an accessible and well-rounded teaching approach. This is nothing short of jazz learning gold!"
Julian Nicholas - Jazz Course Leader Chichester College. (Loose Tubes, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Dudu Pukwana, Kirk Lightsey, Jimmy Witherspoon)
“ I wish there had been more books like this when I started out, a clear and informative springboard into jazz improvising. A great addition to the library"
Stan Sulzmann - Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, Fellow of Birmingham Conservatoire. Professor of jazz saxophone at the Guildhall School of Music, Trinity Laban conservatoire of music. Former head of Jazz at the University of Exeter. Guest artist at the Thompson Jazz Studies Program, Boulder Colorado.