Vol. 28, No. 6, July/Aug 2004



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ARTICLES AND FEATURE COLUMNS
THIS ISSUE

A LESSON WITH
"Saxophonist Alan Durst "

by Greg Banaszak

REPAIRING YOUR SAXOPHONE
THE SAXOPHONE DOCTOR
"Fixing Long Rod Bearings That Don't Move Freely"

by Emilio Lyons

CREATIVE TEACHING TECHNIQUES
"Saxophone Reeds: Selection, Placement, Adjustment "

by Steven Mauk

THE PROFESSIONAL SAXOPHONIST
"How To Deal With Politics In The Music Business "
by Laura Dreyer
SWITCH HITTING ON THE SAXOPHONE
"Classical Saxophone Or Jazz Saxophone "

by Paul Haar

THE SAXOPHONE QUARTET
"Saxophone Quartets At The 2004 NASA Biennial Conference "

by Susan Fancher

NEW SAXOPHONE PUBLICATIONS
"A Comprehensiv Guide To Sax Repertoire by Jean-Marie Londeix"
"Jazz Play-Alongs Vol. 17 (Basie), Vol. 18 (Arien), Vol. 21 (Rogers & Hart) published by Hal Leonard "

by David Demsey

ROCK 'N ROLL SAXOPHONE
"Repetition: A Huge Part Of Music"
by Andrew Clark

PURCHASING A NEW MOUTHPIECE: WHAT TO CONSIDER
by Greg Weir

RECOMMENDED CDS THIS ISSUE

PAUL WAGNER
LAUGHTER AND TEARS:
A JEWISH SAGA

Dale Wolford
THE ELECTRIC SAXOPHONE
Stephen Cottrell
BILLY KERR
DON'T EXPLAIN
Joel Frahm
I'M ALL FOR YOU: BALLAD SONGBOOK
Joe Lovano
FRANK BONGIORNO

ONE DAY WITH LEE
Lee Konitz
ABACUS
John O'Gallagher




BOB JOHNSON
AND THE FUNKDAWGS
SHEDDIN' THE BLUES
PLAY-ALONG CD




Bb SHEET MUSIC OF TUNES
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5 JAZZY BLUES TUNES
Our play-along CD here contains 5 of what I’ll call jazzy blues tunes with variations. Each tune comes in two versions, one version with the original solos mixed in and another version with space left for solos for you the reader to fill in. Thus you can play the first half of the CD as a normal listening CD (we hope you will enjoy it) and the second half of the CD as a woodshedding practice exercise with a great rhythm section to back you up.

THE TUNES ON THIS CD

(track 6 is tuning pitch)
Blues at Eleven
TRACK 1 (full performance)
TRACK 7 (play-along)
Not your standard blues form, this tune is a good warm-up tune with an easy going blues groove. Check out the changes in the main solo section however, as it modulates up a semi-tone for 8 bars, halfway through.
Bop Chorale
TRACK 2 (full performance)
TRACK 8 (play-along)
A blues form to a soul jazz waltz and a more adventuresome tempo. Again the changes are non-standard for the last 16 bars of each chorus.
Release the Hounds
TRACK 3 (full performance)
TRACK 9 (play-along)
An electric blues tune with AABC form and a high energy blues where you can let it all fly. The B section really heats up, bring it back down to a tasteful conclusion in the C section.
Blue Tide
TRACK 4 (full performance)
TRACK 10 (play-along)
A minor/dominant blues with some key modulations and each soloist gets their own key(s) to separate themselves from the last player.
Walkin’ the Dawgs
TRACK 5 (full performance)
TRACK 11 (play-along)
This tune uses my WX11 wind controller and involves a tri-tone substitution on the form and good workout on the sharp keys for us saxophonists!

THE MUSICIANS
Filippo Bertacche on drums, lives in Vicenza, Italy. He is an extremely versatile drummer who makes it happen in every tune he plays on.
Bobby Brewer on guitar, now living in Nashville, Tennessee has the blues guitar thing down cold and then some. He’s played with Stanley Clarke, opened for some big name jazz artists, and recorded countless demos and soundtracks.
Bill Lawrence on bass lives in Albany, New York. Bill is the heartbeat of the Funkdawgs. He normally plays a 5-string MTD bass and lays down some serious attitude in every tune he plays in.
Kerry Lytle on keys, from Ottawa, Canada shines through in Bop Chorale and Release the Hounds.
Chuck Moore on bass from Oklahoma City provides an ultra smooth bass work on Blues at Eleven.
Kyle Whitlock on keys is from from South Carolina and does some killer key work on Blue Tide.
Bob Johnson on saxophones and wind controller (WX11), lives in Ottawa, Canada and has played in numerous small and big band jazz combos.