- Spiral-bound: 307 pages
- Publisher: Sher Music; Spi edition (1 Jan. 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0961470151
- ISBN-13: 978-0961470159
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.8 x 27.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Jazz Piano Book Spiral-bound – 1 Jan 1989
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Don't get me wrong though - this book isn't for beginners. Levine assumes you can read music and already possess a technique that is functional, if not amazing. The book covers beginning II-V-I's and basic shell voicings, then moves on to cover areas such as scale theory, block chords, advanced voicings (slash chords, upper-structures, quartals etc), latin jazz etc. What makes this book so special - like his Jazz Theory Book - is that the author brings the theory alive with fully referenced recommended listenings. It was clearly a labour of love for him.
Despite getting on for being 10 years old (and having a bizarre front cover) if you only bought one book to learn about playing jazz piano, this is undoubtedly it.
He sounds as he is quite an accompomplished jazz pianist and for mere mortals like myself it is necessary to invent exercises that take on each new conception he puts forward.I have only managed to conquer the early stages of his introduction to jazz harmony and at present coming to terms with the use of modes and modal harmony.The book is no worse than any other book on jazz and the fact that I am still ploughing through it proves there is much to learn and it is worth the trawl.
It would probably be more informative to give an appreciation of the book in a year's time.
Jazz piano is not for the faint hearted, it is a long term study full of practical suggestions that have to be worked through to give an honest assessment of the manual.
It is quite advanced, and you should know your way around the piano before you begin studying this book, because you go through the basics pretty quickly. Of all jazz theory books i own this is my favorite. It takes some time to go trough it all an practice all the techniques, scales and harmonics, but it is all worth it. The book makes use of some great examples from jazz standards. Which all illustrate the theory and makes it a lot more entertaining to read trough the book. The examples also makes for an easy way to practice what you are reading, while making your way through the book. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to take their jazz piano to the next level.
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Very comprehensive, very usefull reference book. A must have for any jazz aprentice.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I think this book is one of the best for learning. Moreover the service was impeccable and on time. Highly recommendedPublished 18 months ago by Carmelo
A gift that had to be returned as it was duplicated. I have on good authority that this is an excellent publication.Published 23 months ago by RogerP
The analysis of chords is very convoluted and lacks logic - how can you say a chord has root "C" when it doesn't contain a "C"? Read morePublished on 8 Nov. 2014 by Mr. Peter W. B. Tyrrell