Rich Willey: The Ultimate Collection of Jazz Duets
The Ultimate Collection of Jazz Duets includes 97 duets written for trumpet, clarinet, soprano sax, tenor sax or other B-flat treble-clef instruments (however see ** below). The first duets are at an easy level and get progressively harder, requiring a skill range of about Grade 3 to 6 (UK).
MP3 audio sample:
The first 24 duets are written with beginner players in mind and contain strong melodies, easy key signatures, relatively few eighth notes and few accidentals, and a traditional jazz style of playing. Written on the chord progressions of traditional jazz favorites, they are excellent studies in syncopation.
Click on the half page screenshot below to see the clear, easy-to-read layout and presentation of the duets:
The remainder of the book contains 73 melodic bebop-style duets written over chord progressions of standards and jazz tunes that are excellent for intermediate to advanced players. Chord symbols above the notes and your sightreading skills will improve while you're having fun.
** Each book comes with a data CD containing two mp3 play-along tracks for each duet (a moderate tempo and a more ambitious tempo). The CD also has MIDI files of each for those who wish to modify the playback characteristics of the play-along tracks using programs such as Band In A Box. This means that any instrument can use the MIDI backing tracks as they can be transposed to suit. In fact, by changing the key of the backing, you can practise in any key you choose! That's flexibility!
Additionally, there are complete mp3 “mock-ups” of every duet for you to listen to; that is, the rhythm section track is combined with MIDI sounds of the melody lines. There are instructions included for making five audio CDs from this one data CD as well as tips for using the book and play-along CD for treble clef instruments other than those in B-flat.
Please note - the 97 original duets are written using the chord changes from the following standards.
They do not feature the original tune with an accompaniment line, ie they are not duets based on the melodies.
• A Day In The Life Of A Fool • After You’ve Gone • Ain’t Misbehavin’ • Airegin • All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm • All Of Me • All the Things You Are (2 versions) • Autumn Leaves • Baby Face • Battle Hymn of the Republic • Bill Bailey • Blue Bossa (2 versions) • Body & Soul • Bouncin’ With Bud • Bourbon St. Parade • Bye, Bye Blackbird • Ceora • Cherokee • Confirmation • Contour • Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans • Everybody Loves My Baby • Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue • Giant Steps • Gone With the Wind • Green Dolphin Street • Half Nelson • Have You Met Miss Jones? • Here’s That Rainy Day • How High the Moon • I Love You • I Should Care • I Wish I Knew • I’m Getting Sentimental Over You • I’m In The Mood For Love • I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover • In a Mellow Tone • Indiana • It Could Happen To You • It’s You Or No One • I’ve Found A New Baby • I’ve Got Rhythm • Jazz Me Blues • Joy Spring • Just A Closer Walk With Thee • Just Friends • Lazy Bird • Like Someone In Love • Margie • My Gal Sal • My Melancholy Baby • My Old Flame • My Romance • No Moon At All • Oh, Baby! • Old Folks • On The Sunny Side Of The Street • Out of Nowhere • Pennies From Heaven • Please Don’t Talk About Me When I'm Gone • Recordame • ’Round Midnight • Slow Boat to China • Solar • Somebody Else Is Taking My Place • Someday You’ll Be Sorry • Sophisticated Lady • South • St. Thomas • Star Eyes • Stardust • Stella By Starlight • Stompin’ at the Savoy • Sweet Georgia Brown • Take The “A” Train • Tangerine • The Girl From Ipanema • The Way You Look Tonight • There Is No Greater Love • There Will Never Be Another You • Time After Time • Tiny Capers • Triste (more or less) • Tune Up • Way Down Yonder in New Orleans • Well You Needn’t • What Is This Thing Called Love? • When The Saints Go Marching In • When You’re Smiling • Who’s Sorry Now? • Willow Weep For Me • Woody ’n’ You • Yardbird Suite • You Don’t Know What Love Is
Beautifully printed on high-quality paper and GBC comb-bound with protective mylar outer covers.
Spiral-bound book/CD, 196 pages; CD contains MP3s and Midi files - not a conventional audio CD.
Rich, I've got to hand it to you, man. These duets are great. They make excellent sight-reading studies. They include all of the standard jazz and commercial music rhythmic patterns that developing players need to learn to read and phrase. The easier portion of the book is technically simple enough for any decent middle school kid, but the musical values are not compromised in the least. Burnin'! — PAT HARBISON, Trumpeter & Professor of Jazz, Indiana University and Sendmemusic Summer School Tutor