"Finally! A serious book for aspiring jazz
clarinetists! Bill covers it all, from A to Z, starting with the basics
of jazz harmony and following through with some of his unique improvisation
techniques. A delightful combination of text and music, complete with
many exciting duets and trios. This book is a must for the complete clarinetist!"
"I whole-heartedly recommend
Jazz Clarinet by Bill Smith! It's direct, with all the essential
tools, and without the complicated "obfuscation" of which so
many writers are guilty. I especially enjoyed the chapters on multiphonics
and the use of electronic equipment. Bill is a master of these devices
and never sacrifices 'musical integrity' by using them."
The clarinet was one of the first instruments upon which jazz was played and was perhaps the leading solo instrument of the Swing period. But from the late 1940's until just a few years ago, the clarinet was a voice rarely heard in contemporary jazz groups. Happily, that situation is changing rapidly. New clarinetists appear on the jazz scene regularly, as the clarinet enjoys something of a renaissance in the world of jazz. In fact, the dean of all jazz critics, Leonard Feather, recently proclaimed the reemergence of the clarinet as the "Jazz Trend of the Year".
Bill Smith is unquestionably one of the greatest clarinetists of all time. He has successfully bridged the gap between the classical and the jazz worlds. As William O. Smith, he has established himself as one of the world's finest contemporary composers. He has been a Professor of Music at the University of Washington since 1966. Throughout his academic career. Bill has always found time to continue his jazz performances, with such luminaries as Shelley Manne, Branford Marsalis, Jim Hall, Mel Lewis, Buddy Collette, Buddy DeFranco, Paul Desmond, Red Norvo, Red Mitchell, Kenny Clarke and Barney Kessell. During the last ten years, he has renewed his old friendship with Dave Brubeck, performing all over the world as a featured soloist with the famous Dave Brubeck Quartet. Bill has also been a pioneer in electronic music and his jazz performances consistently demonstrate his novel ideas for the electronic amplification and alteration of sound. He has also been the leading researcher into the art of multiphonics on the clarinet and consistently incorporates these advanced concepts into his compositions and performances.
Drawing upon these strong academic and performance experiences. Bill Smith has written Jazz Clarinet, a masterful "how-to" primer of text and music for anyone from beginner to advanced player who would like to play jazz on the clarinet. This important new book features:
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