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by Alfredo Cardim & Robert Willey
Brazilian Piano teaches elements of some of the most appealing Brazilian musical styles: choro, samba, and bossa nova. It starts with rhythmic training to develop the fundamental groove of Brazilian music. Next, examples build up a rhythmic and harmonic vocabulary that can be used when playing the original songs that follow. Besides providing audio for the examples in the book, the CD contains ensemble recordings that allow you to improvise through the middle chorus. Additional versions of the ensemble tunes are included on the CD-ROM section of the disc, accessible via computer. Features artist interviews and bios.
Latin Jazz Piano
by John Valerio
This book is divided into three sections. The first covers Afro-Cuban (Afro-Caribbean) jazz, the second section deals with Brazilian influenced jazz - Bossa Nova and Samba, and the third contains lead sheets of the tunes and instructions for the play-along CD. The Afro-Cuban section contains a chapter on some basic concepts of traditional Afro-Cuban music, including the clave, tumbao, and montuno. Also, there is a chapter on typical piano voicing used in Afro-Cuban music Latin jazz in general.
Next is a chapter on typical comping patterns used in various Afro-Cuban styles such as Mambo, Cha-cha, etc. The last chapter in this section features tunes written in these various styles and arranged for lead instrument, piano and bass, piano lead, and piano solo.
The next section on Brazilian-related jazz begins with a chapter on the many varied rhythms typically used in comping for Bossa Novas and Sambas, and concludes with a chapter featuring tunes arranged in the same ways as the first section. The third section contains lead sheets of all the tunes so the reader can play and improvise on them along with the accompanying CD. The reader is encourage to continual change the way he or she plays these tunes and apply the principles found in this book to other tunes in the Latin jazz repertoire.
by Hector Martignon
Learn how to play authentic salsa! From traditional Cuban music to the more modern Puerto Rican and New York styles, you'll learn the all-important rhythmic patterns of salsa and how to apply them to the piano. The book provides historical, geographical and cultural background info, and the 50+-track CD includes piano examples and a full salsa band percussion section.
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