on August 26, 2012
This book is recommended by many as a classic learning tool for Jazz improvisation. The Author analysed a multitude of great solos and boiled them down to a few essential patterns that integrate really well with the IIm-V7 chord cadences found ubiquitously in Jazz. He then illustrates how different Jazz Greats used these few patterns with many creative variations in so many great tunes.
For a jazz guitarist with limited music reading skills and speed, I found this to be a rather "dry" book and approach. Lots of insights but I found it to be a real drag to follow through...
Insight - Yes ...but Excite...- No.
Perhaps I lost interest too early on. There might be great improvisation skills by the end of this rainbow but too many rainstorms!
I was disappointed but should keep trying...