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e-Book Christmas Songs: Jazz Piano Solos Series Volume 25 download

e-Book Christmas Songs: Jazz Piano Solos Series Volume 25 download

by Brent Edstrom,Hal Leonard Corp.

ISBN: 1476812063
ISBN13: 978-1476812069
Language: English
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation (September 1, 2012)
Pages: 96
Category: Music
Subategory: Photography

ePub size: 1155 kb
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Rating: 4.8
Votes: 170
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(Jazz Piano Solos). 21 holiday classics arranged for jazz piano. Includes: Blue Christmas * The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) * Christmas Time Is Here * Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas * I'll Be Home for Christmas * Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! * My Favorite Things * Santa Baby * Silver Bells * White Christmas * and more. Includes chord names.
Comments:
lucky kitten
This book is perfect for the holiday gathering where you want to impress with something more than just the typical Christmas tunes out of a hymnal. The arrangements are light and refreshing, and perfect for those of us pianists who aren't up to the challenge of improvisation after a couple of adult beverages.

It is not easily sight-readable (be prepared to practice ahead of time), but the book is definitely fun to play, and memorable afterwards. Kudos to the arranger for including the chord symbols as well as the realization. All of the arrangements are perfect as they introduce the tune, do a little development, and then most return to the tune at the end (but beware the DS al codas, as I found the page turns definitely get in the way).

The only tunes that were not to my liking were the Gospel-swing arrangements (Blue Christmas and Silver Bells). While inventive, I felt the style gets old before the pieces have a chance to develop (although this might just be a matter of personal taste). Even if you agree with me, that still leaves 19 pieces that are just about as good as a Christmas piano CD (except live, because you'll be playing them).

If you play the book cover to cover, it'll take about an hour (about which time you'll be ready for someone else to take over at the keyboard, with no takers because the arrangements from this book impressed the crowd). I'll definitely be pulling this book out again next year.

Oh, and because it doesn't say this anywhere else in the info, these arrangements are by Brent Edstrom.

uspeh
I'm thrilled about this purchase. Let me explain that as a long-time jazz musician (trombone player) and classically trained pianist (but, surprisingly NOT a jazz pianist per se), this book is like gold. I have not had time to play many of the arrangements, so I am going to keep my preliminary review fairly simple. Surprisingly, the technical requirements of this book should not be beyond that of any intermediate to advanced pianist even with a largely classical training. That is because being based primarily on sight reading rather than chordal improvisation, these arrangements can be accessible to anyone who appreciates but has never truly had time to study the discipline. Having said that, some knowledge of the jazz idiom is extremely helpful. Case in point, when playing chords with multiple accidental alterations, it helps to be able to use the chord notations to verify that you are playing the intended harmonies.

What I like most about these arrangements is that they have been written to closely resemble (if not in identical form to) the music that you would hear in commercial recordings. A fairly obvious example of this is "Christmas Time is Here," which blew me away when I first played it because it so closely resembles the Vince Guaraldi version we are used to hearing. It may in fact be a simplified version of what he and other true jazz artists have done with the piece, but it makes the amateur pianist feel as if he or she were playing the original, and that's what this is all about: empowering the performer to expand his/her musical horizons. Indeed, through careful study and rehearsing of these pieces, I believe there is a lot that can be learned about jazz chord progressions and voicings. "A Child is Born" is another arrangements that fits this same pattern. It sounds so much like the versions you hear performed yet continues to be such a hauntingly beautiful piece to play.

I'm sure everyone (myself included) could find things to knit-pick about specific songs or settings they like or dislike, but this is one situation where I am going to review based on the whole of the work rather than its individual parts. If you don't like a particular accompaniment pattern or style, then do what other reviewers have suggested (and done) which is modify or improvise something more to your liking. Play from the chord progressions alone if you are so inclined.

In closing, I will echo the sentiments of another reviewer I followed when selecting this book. I look forward to learning these pieces and hopefully someday playing them to entertain others with arrangements that are refreshing, exciting, and truly contemporary sounding. With 20+ pieces to study, this book is well worth the money. For what it's worth, I see that this is one of a long series of books designed to introduce the amateur pianist to a variety of jazz artists and styles. I expect those who play from those other books will find a similarly rewarding experience. I may well have to explore more of them myself.

Kanrad
Love this Book!
The songs are very jazzy, of course, & I have plenty of renditions of The Christmas Song by Mel Torme, but this one is my favorite.
Santa Baby is very much my favorite from the book.
There are 21 songs in all, lots of big sound in these compositions. There is a little bit of wandering from the regular melody in a couple of songs, but if you don't like the sound, skip over it, to stay on melody. It still works well, even off melody. You also get a mix of easy songs that you can play right from the start, & a few that take a little work, but that's a good thing.
This is a purchase well worth it. You won't regret it. The songs have a jazzy, full sound & fun to play & listen to as well. They sound very impressive on the piano.

Anararius
This collection has some beautiful arrangements ("I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" is probably my favorite) that are both interesting and accessible. However, I give it 4 rather than 5 stars because it has a few too many "stride" arrangements for my taste. (I have small hands and tenths aren't possible, so I grow tired of that style quickly.) Good addition to the whole Christmas jazz piano series if you're late intermediate/early advanced and want some mild challenge without killing yourself. But I would have appreciated more stylistic variety in this particular collection.

Scoreboard Bleeding
This is a good book with some really nice arrangements. However, there are three songs that are more "boogie-woogie" which I didn't really care for. I prefer chords to a walking bass line. These are intermediate-level arrangements. You'll be the hit at the next Christmas party or family gathering.

Snowskin
I loved this!!! Such good Jazzy Christmas solos. If you're ever performing for a bunch of people in the jazz genre, go for this book! I loved the selection of songs, and the jazz music sounded really good. They sounded professional, definitely more advanced music, need to practice before you play. Also, it's by Hal Leonard, anything I have played through Hal Leonard has helped me extremely with finding more advanced, beautiful pieces to play to raise the eyebrows a little bit. So expect that you will surprise a lot with this music book.

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