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  • Sheet music: 32 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (4 April 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0193391554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0193391550
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 0.7 x 30.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Pianist and composer Nikki Iles was a founder member of the Creative Jazz Orchestra - working with Anthony Braxton, Mike Gibbs, Vince Mendoza, and Mark-Anthony Turnage. Her busy freelance career has found her playing with Peter Erskine (CJO), Kenny Wheeler, Art Farmer, Julian Argüelles, Stan Sulzmann, Norma Winstone, Tony Coe, Tina May, and Rufus Reid. Her music has been commissioned and performed also by the London Sinfonietta and Tim Garland's Underground Orchestra. A committed educator, Nikki is senior lecturer at Middlesex University, visiting professor at the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Academy, London, and an adviser to ABRSM. She holds a British Jazz Award (1996), an award from the International Association for Jazz Education (2002), and was twice nominated for a Parliamentary Jazz Award. 'A formidable UK jazz presence' - John Fordham, The Guardian

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kazza on 23 May 2013
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I was looking forward to the Spring book coming out for ages because I really enjoy playing the Winter book and Summer one and this is almost as good as those books. Probably one less star because the pieces are not quite as easy to sight read through for me and I haven't had time to practise them all yet to get full benefit from them. I would say the pieces are on average at least Grade 6 and above, there is an easier one composed by Nikki Iles herself called 'Up on the Hill.'

There are a few pieces in this book which I am finding very addictive to play and hum when I am not playing; my favourite being 'It Might as well be Spring'. It is a samba with some great harmonies and fairly complex rhythms. I had to listen to the track on the CD several times to get them right. Everyone who has heard this one enjoys it. The other one that I really like is, 'Spring can really Hang You up the Most' which is a ballad with varying tempos - free time, then slow steady, then double time etc The free time section gives scope to be expressive and put your own interpretation on it. I also like 'May Song' which is a folk song arranged by Mikki Iles.

So, in my opinion, another great book of pieces that are refreshing change from normal jazz standards. I have bought three extra books to give as presents.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yorkie on 20 May 2013
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Not as nice as "Jazz On A Winter's Night" as four the solos in this book are Nikki Iles own work.
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This is beautifully put together with rich chord work.Every song is served-up with more than one expects.The lady is indeed one to savour.
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This composer has converted me to learning and enjoying jazz on the piano. Have pre-ordered her next book.Hoping for more from her.
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