The intention behind the book is to de-mystify the ideas and concepts that underpin Jazz music in a sensible, easy to read manner. With that in mind, the author (Bill Palmer) has dispensed as much as possible with any theory 'lingo' or 'jargon' and gone for a more conversational writing style. The book is broken into 2 distinct sections.
The first section is the written or theory part and is 40 pages long. There are 4 main principles discussed: The 2-5-1 and associated topics, Chord substitution, Improvising - playing through changes and Standard progressions. Within each of these are a number of sub-headings. Examples are given throughout and readers are encouraged to play them on their respective instruments.
The second section is the appendix. This contains 60 pages of scales, chords, patterns and 'standard progression' charts for the reader to put into practice and get under their fingers.
Another thing the author insisted on was ring-binding. How many music books do you have that just won't sit flat on a music stand? 'Concepts of Jazz' is professionally ring-bound so you're free to play whilst keeping your eyes on the page.
A more detailed look at the contents includes:
THE 2-5-1 AND ASSOCIATED TOPICS
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