Monday, February 23, 2015
* By the author's own admission, pianist Marc Sabatella's A Jazz Improvisation Primer may very well be "the first jazz education resource ever published on the web" and thus a bit dated in spots.
Still, a lot of it remains relevant, as the text offers "information on almost every topic relating to jazz improvisation, from jazz history to music theory to practical advice on playing in a group."
While the primer, as that term implies, is aimed at beginners, more advanced players also may find some useful material in there, too. And since it's free to read online, there's certainly no griping about the price. Should you wish to purchase the book in printed form*, it's available from Sabatella's site under the title A Whole Approach To Jazz Improvisation.
* Experienced improvisors may find more food for thought in the video "Creativity in Jazz Improvisation," seen in the embedded window below.
It's a recording of a 2007 workshop and performance featuring saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom and pianist and Rutgers University professor Lewis Porter that was presented at the now defunct Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination in NYC, and deals with the philosophical side of improvisation as well as the practical.
* While Sabatella's site says that "there is no downloadable version of this material," what one person can render in HTML, another can convert to PDF.