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Dennis Taylor – Blues Saxophone, Jazz Saxophone and Amazing Phrasing

 Nashville resident and New England born saxophonist Dennis Taylor currently has three publications out through Hal Leonard Publishing. The three books include an in-depth look at Blues playing, Jazz playing and Phrasing.

Blues Saxophone highlights the styles of 18 saxophone artists such as King Curtis, Stanley Turrentine and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis. Photos and biographical information are included for each artist along with a demonstration cd recording of Dennis Taylor’s written solo. The solos are intended to closely shadow what the original artist would have played. It is obvious that Mr. Taylor has made an exhaustive effort in demonstrating all these many varied styles.

Jazz Saxophone highlights the styles of 16 saxophone artists. The book starts with the legendary styles of Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster, then progresses to the more modern offerings of plalyers like Joe Henderson and George Coleman. Photos and biographical information are included for each artist along with a demonstration cd recording of Dennis Taylor’s written solo. Like his bood Blues Saxophone, the solos here are intended to closely shadow what the original artist would have played.

Amazing Phrasing is subtitled “50 ways to improve your improvisational skills.” The book is broken down into the three basic components of harmony, melody and rhythm.

There is an abundance of information, history, patterns and theory offered here. The book could be used by itself as a great introduction to jazz theory and harmony or as a supplement to another course of study. Whatever the case, any player can find hours of patterns to practice along with the acommaniment cd.

These three books by Dennis Taylor represent a lifetime of research, study and listening. I compliment Mr. Taylor on taking the time to sift through all the information and offer it in a helpful, informative and digestible presentation. For me, the books have been most useful for sight-reading with students and as solo etudes to be worked on for the next lesson. In the absence of a qualified teacher these books are complete with the recorded demonstrations.

Whether you are looking for a new approach to studying these three elements or just looking to add to your studio library, these books by Dennis Taylor are worth checking out.

Skip Spratt
SaxShed.com

You can find out more about Dennis Taylor and his publications at Amazon.

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