September/October 2011, Volume 35, No. 1
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Elan Trotman, William H. Street, Jo Elless
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SeptemberOctober 2011

Editorial
Following The March 27th, 2011 Tornado
Helping The Bobcat Band
at Phil Campbell High School
Russellville, Alabama
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by David Gibson


Creative Jazz Improvisation
"Managing A Jazz Repertoire"
by David Pope

Repair Demystified
"Saxophone Tuning Folklore"
by Curt Altarac


Rock 'n Roll Saxophone
"One Chord Vamps, Part II"
by Andrew Clark

Master Saxophone Engraver
Jason Dumars - Part I
by Steve "Saxjourmet" Goodson
Click here for a PDF version of Jason Dumar's Saxophone Engravings

New Saxophone Publications
by David Demsey
Interval Untamed: Five Minatures
(for solo alto saxophone)
by Faye-Ellen Silverman
Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology
(6 CDs/200 page book)


-RECOMMENDED RECORDINGS-
Billy Kerr's Reviews
Unsung Heroes
Vincent Herring
Yellow Jackets/Timeline
Bob Mintzer


Frank Bongiorno's Reviews
Sextour a Vent
Harvey Pittel & The Westwood Wind Quintet
40 Acres And A Burro
Arturo O'Farrill
and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestea

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Pentatonics Blues Masterclass
Masterclass/Play-Along CD
by Skip Spratt

Welcome to this “Pentatonic AND Blues Masterclass” and play-along CD for Saxophone Journal. The title of this masterclass uses the “$” sign instead of the “&” sign by design. Commercial musicians (musicians for hire) quickly learn the value of knowing these scales on stage and in the studio. As a result, I often refer to these two scales as the “Money Scales.”
Simply playing any scale, chord or pattern by itself does not make for good music. Like any endeavor, the saxophonist must have an understanding of their surroundings, the style and expectations. However, having full command of these relatively simple scales, combined with a keen sense of their surroundings will help many saxophonists “fit in” within any rock, pop or similar commercial setting.

PENTATONIC $ BLUES MASTERCLASS CDby Skip Spratt
Tracks/Content/Times
1 Introduction 02:01
2 Demos in G on Alto Sax 00:13
3 Pentatonic Patterns 02:08
4 Pentatonic Variations 00:53
5 Blues Scales 00:26
6 Blues Riffs 01:38
7 Tracks Explained 00:18
8 I Just Wanna Jam 06:36
9 I Just Wanna Jam (play-along) 06:36
10 Relaxatonic 13:02
11 Relaxatonic (play-along) 13:02
12 Funchatin 05:00
13 Funchatin (play-along) 05:05
14 Conclusion 00:59