Jamey Aebersold volume 116: Miles of Modes - Master Jazz Scales and Modes

Jamey Aebersold volume 116: Miles of Modes - Master Jazz Scales and Modes

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Volume 116 Miles of Modes gives you the exercises and changes to dig deep into the modal style of playing, with transposed parts written for all musicians (C, Eb, Bb and Bass readers). This in-depth study, with an Introduction written by Summer School trumpet and advanced theory tutor Pat Harbison, includes several "Standard" forms and important practice tracks; many of which are "period accurate" and other of a more contemporary nature.

These practice tracks are designed to foster understanding, facility and familiarity. Many of the first tracks are slow, making them perfect for beginners. Intermediate and advanced players will enjoy the opportunity to doubletime and experiment with an endless array of chord/scale substitutions over the otherwise simple tracks. Book/2CDs, 66 pages.

Rhythm Section: Steve Allee (piano), Tyrone Wheeler (bass), Steve Davis (drums).

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  • Simplicity
  • Minorish
  • Simply Swing
  • Four to One
  • Cat and Mouse
  • Three Minors
  • One Scale Fits All
  • Modes of C Scale
  • Latin/Swing
  • New and Old Beats
  • Minor Blues
  • Happy Latin
  • Long Blues
  • Schuffle McGuffle
  • Kind of Modal
  • Dorian Dance
  • 4/4 and 3/4
  • Melodic Minor
  • Lydian the Beautiful
  • Maiden Locrian-Lydian
  • Phrygian
  • Whole Tone Scales
  • Mixture
  • New Way
  • Smooth as Silk
  • Trane's Ride
  • Reverse Miles
  • Body and Soul
  • P.Y.
  • In An Instant


Miles of Modes is the play-along plus two CD package that will make everything clear for musos who want to know what this modal business is all about. It provides an explanation of the whole genre, a brief history and list of pivotal musicians and influences (Debussy and Ravel, would you believe), a selected discography including the most famous modal jazz CD, Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” (hence the punning title), and a list of modal standards. - David Etheridge, Performing Musician magazine, January 2008