Speaking of Jazz: Essays and Attitudes

Speaking of Jazz: Essays and Attitudes

Here is a lifetime of thinking about jazz and improvisation, from one of its premier practitioners and educators. From theory to practice, and everything in between, this one-of-a-kind 276-page book is a virtual encyclopedia of living and playing the jazz life. It includes hundreds of musical examples, practicing tips, song analyses, theory, and exercises.

These thoughtful essays constitute an extensive exploration of Ed's entire life work in jazz. Written extemporaneously in response to questions asked by students and teachers, the hundreds of topics addressed in this book cover everything from effective practicing, to composing and arranging, to preparing for gigs—with detours along the way into discussions of the history of jazz and lessons drawn from memorable sessions with jazz greats.

Think of it as a long late-night session with one of the best-known musicians in the business!

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Product Details

  • Available in both convenient e-book format and spiral-bound hard copy
  • Clear, concise text
  • 276 pages
  • Hundreds of musical examples
  • Thousands of practicing tips and exercises

Table of Contents

  • General Thinking
  • Improvisation
  • Ear Training/Tonal Memory
  • Practicing
  • Comping
  • Advice
  • Theory
  • Chord Talk
  • Notation
  • Analysis
  • Composing/Arranging
  • Band Leading
  • Brass Talk


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