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
- Basic harmony and scale-tone sevenths
- The moving 2-5-1 and chord attraction
- The minor 2-5-1 and 3 fundamental minor scales
- The natural minor scale
- The harmonic minor scale
- The melodic minor scale
- Summary - the minor 2-5-1
- Tonic, sub-dominant and Dominant functions
- Diatonic substitution
- The Secondary Dominant principle
- Tri-tone substitution
- Major seventh substitution
- Altered chords
- Diminished substitution
- Summary - Chord substitution
IMPROVISING - playing through 'changes'
- Swing 8th notes
- Essential scales for improvising in jazz
- 7 note scales
- 8 note scales
- 5 note scales
- 6 note scales
- Understanding chord and scale relationships
- First choice scales
- Guide tones, arpeggios, triads and Digital's
- Guide tones
- Guide tone line
- Using pentatonics
- Symmetrical scales
- Jazz Blues
- Parker Blues
- Rhythm Changes
- Minor Blues
- Cyclic Progressions
- Cycle of 4ths / 5ths
For more information, visit their web site at www.palmermusic.com.au.