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Quotes from
players, teachers and critics:

"A powerful sight reading, ear training, swinging, improvising jazz tool. Perfect for the student of jazz."
––Michael Brecker

"A lot of the students with whom I come in contact will definitively get this book on my recommendation. It looks deceivingly simple, but looks are deceiving. Greg is not only a fantastic saxophonist, he is a marvelous teacher."
––James Moody

"These etudes are little masterpieces. I will be using these with virtually all my students from now on.
––Mark Colby

"This is one of the most concise and easy to digest collection of solos over standard tune chord changes that I have seen. Very Enjoyable!!"
––Dave Liebman

"Every saxophone player should be practicing these." ––Tim Price

"Your etude book is very well done. I've been using it to teach phrasing."
––Bob Sheppard

"This is a written version of the way jazz is supposed to be taught."
––Saxophone Journal

"I cannot even begin to praise this book enough."
––Jazz Improv Magazine

"Jazz Saxophone Etudes is bound to become one of the classics of saxophone literature for the advancing player." ––Ed Svoboda,
Sax on the Web

"Your book is tremendous and much needed...This will now be a required text in my studio." ––John Vana, Associate Professor of Saxophone at Western Illinois University

"This Book is one of the most important books in the last decade for teachers of jazz."
––Bill Street, Saxophone Professor, University of Southern Maine

"This is among the best jazz saxophone publications I have seen in recent years. Every teacher and student of jazz needs this book in their practice room or studio ––get one! ––Skip Spratt,
Sax Shed

"Jazz Saxophone Etudes has everything I look for in a practice tool."
––Patrick Langham, Director of Jazz Studies,
University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music

"Your book offers a fresh approach to the jazz idiom without sounding like etudes!" ––Wally West, Saxophone Teacher,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"The book is really well done and perfect for my advanced high school students and beginning jazz majors here at UM." ––Gary Keller, Associate Jazz Saxophone Professor,
University of Miami

"The best thing about the book is that it is applicable to an intermediate student all the way to a seasoned pro." ––Brad Eastin, Saxophone & Clarinet Teacher,
Colorado State University Pueblo

"The lines are gorgeous and imaginative. They'll definitley trigger new ideas in you." ––Nick Drozdoff, Professional Trumpet Player and Teacher,
Chicago, Illinois

"It has certainly expanded my mind, approach and ears." ––Greg Balas, Saxophonist, Phoenix, Arizona

"You forgot to include a warning with your book that the etudes are insanely catchy! A hell of a lot more fun than Voxman studies." ––Ed Zentera, Saxophonist, Troy, Michigan

"I especially like your explanations at the front of the book, and your recommendations for practicing." ––Barbara Lafitte, Oboe teacher, Berklee College of Music in Boston

"...One of the best motivators in book form I have found..." ––Jeff Waggoner, Saxophonist, Nassau, New York

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"A powerful sight reading, ear training, swinging, improvising jazz tool. Perfect for the student of jazz."
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Book includes 12 Etudes and 2 CDs--an Alto Sax and Tenor Sax version, with each etude played by Greg Fishman, plus extra rhythm section tracks for extended blowing. Also includes: style and analysis section and detailed practice guide for intermediate, advanced and pro-level players.
47 pages, 8.5 x 11 format. ISBN NUMBER: 0-9766153-0-4


Customer Feedback on "Jazz Saxophone Etudes" by Greg Fishman:

Hi Greg!

My name is Dan Cannistraci. I am a freshman at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA studying under Dave Rickenberg. Dave recommended I purchase your book, Jazz Saxophone Etudes, to use in his lessons. I have never seen a jazz etude book nearly as good as yours! I have played out of a lot of etude books and many of them consist of notes slapped onto a page in accordance with chord symbols. In contrast, every track in your book has strong melodic and rhythmic notions to it, making the book an absolute joy to play. It really gets you into the song when you have a strong melody line to go off of, and I think that is the greatest strength of "Jazz Saxophone Etudes." Thank you for such a great piece of jazz literature, I'm having an awesome time playing from it!
Dan Cannistraci


"These etudes are little masterpieces. I will be using these with virtually all my students from now on."
––Mark Colby

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JAZZ SAXOPHONE ETUDES, VOLUME 3

Jazz Saxophone Etudes, Volume 3 features twelve melodic etudes for the advancing jazz saxophonist. These etudes focus primarily on medium tempos and demonstrate a melodic approach to soloing with authentic jazz vocabulary. The etudes are catchy, fun to play, and written idiomatically for the saxophone.

Like all of Greg Fishman's books, all saxophonists (soprano/alto/tenor/bari) read the same written part, ensuring that the pieces lay perfectly on the horn, while the rhythm section transposes the accompaniment to accommodate the saxophonist's range.

This book is the perfect follow-up for students who have completed Fishman's Jazz Phrasing for Beginners. It's also a great primer for Fishman's more advanced books, Jazz Saxophone Etudes, Volumes 1 & 2.


Alto mp3 Samples: Tenor mp3 Samples:
Plymouth Court Plymouth Court
Cermak Road Cermak Road
Broadway Street Broadway Street

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Sheet music samples from Jazz Saxophone Etudes, Volume 3 by Greg Fishman:

Customer Feedback for Jazz Saxophone Etudes:


Gary Keller, Associate Jazz Saxophone Professor,
University of Miami writes:

Hi Greg 

Great CD and a nice book!  The playing and writing is all really on the 
mark.  The book is really well done and perfect for my advanced high 
school students and beginning jazz majors here at UM.  I have 
recommended it to all of them. 

Warm regards

Gary Keller 


Bill Street, Saxophone Professor, University of Southern Maine, writes:

This Book is one of the most important books in the last decade for teachers of jazz. It helps develop ears, eye-hand coordination and jazz language.

Thanks Greg!

Bill Street


John Vana, Associate Professor of Music in Saxophone,
School of Music, Western Illinois University writes:

Dear Greg,

Your book is tremendous and much needed.  I love the
flow of the lines and the beautiful voice leading.  The students really enjoy working out with it.

This will now be a required text in my studio.  Please let me know how we
can set this up with our bookstore. Thanks and congratulations on your great work.

Sincerely,

John Vana


Patrick Langham, Associate Professor & Director of Jazz Studies,
University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music writes:

Hi Greg!

I think you've got a wonderful product. Jazz Saxophone Etudes has everything I look for in a practice tool. Not only are the etudes full of jazz language, but they're great for analysis, and excellent technique builders/finger movers. I personally look forward to each encounter with a new etude and found on several instances that I felt closer to the horn after using it as a warm-up prior to other things I work on.

As you mentioned to me prior to receiving it, this book is definitely for the
intermediate/advanced student and the possibilities for utilizing it other than sight-reading material are numerous. Lastly, having the concept of two CD's for Bb & Eb respectively (without simply transposing the etudes) was a great idea.

Your book is now a part of my own practice routine and will be added to the work of my students.

Thanks for your contribution.

Patrick


Wally West, Saxophone Teacher,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill writes:

Greg, I’ve been using the Bob Mintzer and Jim Snidero play-along books now for quite some time, and have always thought they were well written and achieved a good solid feel for the jazz idiom.  Although I am praising their books, I must admit that they also replicated their respective authors’ style and feel.  Your book offers a fresh approach to the jazz idiom without sounding like etudes!  They are wonderfully written and swing hard.  The etudes in your book really capture the essence of the changes.  I’ve had a ball playing them and sharing them with my advanced students.  Both of my thumbs are pointing upward.  Let me know when volume two comes out!
 
Best wishes and warm regards,
 
Wally West


Wayne Colyer, Music Teacher,
San Rafael School District writes:

Hi Greg,
 
Just a note (no pun intended) to let you know that I have really enjoyed playing the etudes in your book.   I bought 4 copies and three of my more advanced students are also enjoying and learning from your book and CDs.  I'm telling people about your book and giving them your web sight.  I hope the sales are doing well and book 2 is in the horizon. 
 
Thanks for a great teaching tool,
 
Wayne


Brad Eastin, Saxophone & Clarinet Teacher,
Colorado State University Pueblo writes:

Hi Greg
 
My name is Brad Eastin.  I have been working out of your book for a few weeks now and it is great!  I recently retired from the USAF Academy Band where I played in The Falconaires Jazz Ensemble.  I am currently teaching saxophone/clarinet and jazz studies at Colorado State University Pueblo. 

I have had my students working on the etudes and they all love them.  Don’t be surprised if you start getting orders from the Southern Colorado area.  The style and analysis section is extremely helpful.  The concept of identifying enclosures has already helped several of my students get a better handle on putting more chromaticism in their playing. 

The best thing about the book is that it is applicable to an intermediate student all the way to a seasoned pro.  I haven’t had a text charge up my playing in a while and yours definitely has. I also picked up your Stan Getz transcription book, reconfirming my belief that he was and is the most creative earthling ever to place fingers on the saxophone.

Keep up the good work.
 
Brad


Nick Drozdoff, Professional Trumpet Player and Teacher,
Chicago, Illinois writes:

Often trumpeters who stumble across my stuff on the internet email me with questions about playing and book recommendations. I'm jumping the gun on this with an unsolicted book recommendation.

The book is titled Jazz Saxophone Etudes by Greg Fishman. I bought it because I dabble in tenor sax. However, these are FANTASTIC studies for trumpet! I mean this! FANTASTIC!

If you read them as is, you're dealing with Dizzy range, but not unreasonable. Nothing really above E just over high C (there is one F, but it is only a stab). The lines are gorgeous and imaginative. They'll definitley trigger new ideas in you.

The book comes with two CD's; one with Greg playing the solos, and one with just the rhythm section.

I can't over sell this. If you're looking for some new jazz material to work on, this stuff is just fantastic! Here is Greg's info.

http://www.gregfishmanjazzstudios.com
email: greg@gregfishmanjazzstudios.com

Gerg's stuff is self published, so you'll need to contact him for this stuff, but it will be WELL worth the effort! Fishman is, without a doubt, one of the finest jazz tenor virtuosos out there and his ideas are amazing.

Check it out, but drop my name! He'll get right back to you.
Peace, all!
Nick Drozdoff

(As posted by Nick Drozdoff on Trager Trumpet Talk)


Terry Summa, Saxophone teacher, Los Gatos, California writes:

Greg: Thanks for sending your Jazz Saxophone Etudes so promptly. I managed to get through them on alto and a couple of tunes on tenor. I like the concept of keeping the parts the same and changing keys for the rhythm section. Several of them kicked my butt on a sight reading basis. I'm going to have to practice most of them. Bummer!

Also sent was the Chicago Jazz Magazine with one of your articles about the diminished scale. I would love to share the article with some of my advanced students--if that is okay with you. Also, your playing is outstanding and will be an excellent example for students to emulate. I've have a feeling this book is going to sell well. Have a great summer. 
 
Terry Summa 
Summa Music Services 
Los Gatos, CA USA 


Greg Balas, Saxophonist, Phoenix, Arizona writes:

Hi Greg:

I just wanted to let you know that I have been using the book religiously for the past two weeks and I am really enjoying it. I feel that it has been well worth the money. It has certainly expanded my mind, approach and ears.

You really do have a rare gift ... someone who cannot only play, but also communicate and teach the required concepts. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and insight.

I also saw a nice review of the book in this month's issue of Saxophone
Journal too, in case you weren't aware of that.

Quick, feedback-wise, my favorite Etude to play from the book is State
Street. I feel as though that's a perfectly lined solo.

Thanks again, Greg. Best wishes to you!

Sincerely,


Greg Balas, Phoenix, AZ


Ed Zentera, Saxophonist, Troy, Michigan writes:

Greg-

You forgot to include a warning with your book that the etudes are insanely catchy! I've got Halsted Street beboppin' through my head throughout the whole day, it seems.

I've been able to progress using the speed control on my CD player usually starting at 50% and working my way up gradually to identify the "hot spots" that require attention.

I see what you mean about good improv stemming from a good melodic line. No wonder your etudes are so catchy! A hell of a lot more fun than Voxman studies...

- "Jazz Grasshopper" Ed


Barbara Lafitte, Oboe teacher, Berklee College of Music in Boston writes:

Hi Greg, 

I am enjoying your book alot! The etudes lie pretty well on the oboe, and certainly give us oboists exposure to bebop. I especially like your explanations at the front of the book, and your recommendations for practicing.

I am going to recommend your book to my aspiring jazz students.
 
Excellent work, beautiful book, and good training for aspiring players!!! 
 
Thanks, 
Barbara 




Jazz Saxophone Duets by Greg Fishman

The titles of Greg Fishman's new collection of duets read like a Chicago street map, and the music reads like a post-bebop encyclopedia of sounds and melodic shapes that are required repertoire for any young jazz saxophonist. This collection of duets is the most thoroughly notated and annotated that I've seen, a must-have addition to any student's collection, and to their teacher's library."
--Dr. David Demsey, Coordinator of Jazz Studies, Professor of Music, William Paterson University

Endorsed by: James Moody, Plas Johnson, Gary Keller (University of Miami), Chip McNeill (University of Illinois) and Tim Price.

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|Book includes 10 Duets and 3 CDs--Versions for 2 altos, 2 tenors and a version for alto & Tenor, with each etude played by Greg Fishman and Mark Colby (2nd tenor), plus extra rhythm section tracks for extended blowing. Also includes: style and analysis section and detailed practice guide for intermediate, advanced and pro-level players.
60 pages, 8.5 x 11 format. ISBN NUMBER: 0-9766153-1-2.
Click on any CD below to hear a sound sample of the duet "Madison Street."
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Click on any CD below to hear a sound sample of the duet "Wells Street."
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"Wells Street"
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2 Altos 2 Tenors Alto & Tenor
Fairbanks Court Fairbanks Court Fairbanks Court
Peterson Ave Peterson Ave Peterson Ave
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Kinzie Street Kinzie Street Kinzie Street
Ontario Street Ontario Street Ontario Street
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Hollywood Ave Hollywood Ave Hollywood Ave
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Jazz Saxophone Duets Volume 2 by Greg Fishman features 10 exciting duets in a variety of jazz styles; Swing, Bop, 5/4, 3/4, Bossa Nova and Ballad styles. Jazz Saxophone Duets Volume 3 (Intermediate Level) by Greg Fishman features 10 intermediate level duets which are fun and catchy, but less technically challenging than the duets in volumes 1 & 2.
Includes 60 page book with style and analysis section plus + 3 Play-along CDs with 40 tracks per disc!
Perfect for 2 altos, 2 tenors and Alto&Tenor.
Includes 60 page book with style and analysis section plus + 3 Play-along CDs with 40 tracks per disc!
Perfect for 2 altos, 2 tenors and Alto&Tenor.
Jazz Saxophone Duets - Volume 2
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To see music samples and read even more about Jazz Saxophone Duets, Volume 2, click HERE. To see music samples and read even more about Jazz Saxophone Duets, Volume 3, click HERE.


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This book features note-for-note transcriptions a sampling from Getz's entire career.

Includes the tunes:• All The Things You Are • Body And Soul • Coba
• Early Autumn • I'm Glad There Is You • Invitation• It Might As Well Be Spring • Lover Man
• Night And Day • On The Up And Up • Out Of Nowhere
• Corcovado • Desafinado
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• Tempus Fugit • The Girl From Ipanema • Very Early • Yesterdays
This book focuses primarily on Stan Getz's ground-breaking recordings of standards from the 1950s.

Includes the tunes: Everything Happens To Me • How Deep Is The Ocean • Indian Summer • Moonlight In Vermont • My Heart Stood Still
• Pennies From Heaven • Shine
• Stella By Starlight • Thanks For The Memory • The Best Thing For You • The Lady In Red • The Song Is You • The Way You Look Tonight • There Will Never Be Another You • There's A Small Hotel • Thou Swell • Willow Weep For Me • Younger Than Springtime
This book focuses exclusively on Stan Getz's groundbreaking Bossa Nova recordings from the 1960's.

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• Samba De Duas Notas • Samba Dees Days • Sambalero
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• The Girl From Ipanema • Vivo Sonhando
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GREG FISHMAN'S BEST SELLING STAN GETZ TRANSCRIPTION BOOKS!

It was a true honor for me to transcribe some of the most historic tenor saxophone solos of all time. Stan Getz is my musical hero, and these solos are worthy of study from the beginning player to the seasoned professional.
I'm proud to say that I showed Stan all of these solos (in my handwritten pencil copy!) about a year before he passed on. He told me that he was very pleased with the accuracy of the transcriptions.

These books are now available to you directly from my website. I hope you enjoy them.

--Greg Fishman

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Some of the greatest tenor saxophone solos ever recorded! Features transcriptions of Stan Getz playing Body and Soul and Broadway; Wardell Gray improvising on Lover Man; Coleman Hawkin's famous Body and Soul and Star Dust; Ben Webster performing A Single Petal of a Rose; and more classics – 18 solos in all, many available for the first time anywhere. Includes a forward and discography


"This is one of the most concise and easy to digest collection of solos over standard tune chord changes that I have seen. All the elements of good voice leading, passing notes and common scale usage are here. Very enjoyable!!"
––Dave Liebman

photo by Bill Klewitz ©2005

"I have known Greg Fishman for a long time. He has a very analytical mind. He knows how to get in between the cracks to give you what you need musically. This book is a good example of some of what he does. A lot of the students with whom I come in contact will definitively get this book on my recommendation. It looks deceivingly simple, but looks are deceiving. Greg is not only a fantastic saxophonist, he is a marvelous teacher. You can’t go wrong with anything that comes from Greg Fishman."
 ––James Moody


“I wish I had material like this when I was coming up. These etudes are little masterpieces. There is such a wealth of material to learn from here. Great line construction and great conceptual ideas. Having the rhythm section continue after the etude is a great idea! I will be using these with virtually all my students from now on. Greg Fishman has done a terrific job of putting this book together, and the play-along rhythm section is first class!“
 ––Mark Colby, Depaul University, Elmhurst College

"A great new addition to any practice routine for students and professionals alike. Improves rhythm accuracy, flexibility,sight reading skills and strength in all registers and styles. . . and it's fun!
Every saxophone player should be practicing these ." ––Tim Price

"Your etude book is very well done. I've been using it to teach
phrasing."
––Bob Sheppard


Below, a great letter from a saxophonist in Florida. It really makes me happy to see that
people are enjoying my books. Thank you, Ray!

Hi Greg,

Just a quick note to say how your 2 books, Jazz Saxohpone Etudes, Vols.1 & 2 have
help me immensely in my playing. I feel like I'm back in N.Y.C. (Bronx) and I'm 25 yrs old (I'm 76 ).
Most of the musicians down here at my age quit. I have arthritis in my 2 middle fingers of my left hand.
By practicing using your tune's "Halsted St" "State St." "Fullerton Ave" and "Michigan Ave." of Jazz
Saxophone Etudes Vol 1, my fingers are flying off the horn, and with no pain. My reading has
improved, etc. Like I said I feel like a young horn player again, thanks to you.

Sincerely

Ray Vitale
Sarasota Florida

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Saxophone Journal’s Review of Jazz Saxophone Etudes by Greg Fishman,
as seen in July/August 2005 issue of Saxophone Journal
 
Recommended for intermediate, advanced or professional players.
 
This book is a written version of the way jazz is supposed to be taught, i.e., learning from a pro player who understands how to distill the language into clear understandable terms. Chicago-based saxophonist Greg Fishman has composed a set of etudes based on standard tunes that is one of the best collections of this type I've seen.
 
The etudes are each one or two choruses in length, based on standard progressions such as blues, rhythm changes, Autumn Leaves, Green Dolphin Street, Out of Nowhere, Have You Met Miss Jones?, Take the 'A' Train, Satin Doll, Alone Together and Body and Soul. Because of copyright, the titles of the original standards do not appear. Which is which? Answering this will provide some interesting listening homework assignments for students.
 
The etude book contains two CDs, one for tenor and one for alto. Each of the etudes appears twice on each CD, once in a quartet version (with saxophone and rhythm section) with no repeats, immediately followed by another version with multiple repeats. Note that Fishman has taken an original approach: rather than put the rhythm section in one key and make either the alto or tenor transpose into a key that's awkward for their range, the etude stays in the same key for alto and tenor, and it's the rhythm section that plays in a different keys.

The versions with saxophone are the most valuable elements of the set. Fishman is an expert player whose versions show the true "official" approach to the jazz saxophone that nobody would dispute. Because of the situation of the written material accompanying the set, his sound, phrasing, attack and other elements are under very close scrutiny, and these recordings are beautiful representations
of all of these aspects. The lines Fishman composes are textbook versions of post-bop saxophone improvising, and will give a wealth of practice material to students at all levels.
 
Fishman's additional analysis provides a launching pad for students to progress to the next level. Intermediate players are instructed in hearing lines, imitating articulation and phrasing techniques. More advanced players are moved more in the direction of analysis, breaking apart the lines and their voice leading, watching the way they address the corresponding voice-leading in the harmony.
 
Fishman is equally well versed as a teacher and as a saxophonist. This is a rare combination that is showcased in Fishman’s Jazz Saxophone Etudes.
 
Reviewed by David Demsey, Saxophone Journal 


Jazz Improv Magazine's review of Jazz Saxophone Etudes
Summer 2005 edition:

I am always hesitant when I see jazz etude books. Although they have their place in jazz pedagogy, I often wonder why I should study some etude that "Sammy Jazzman" wrote and not a Clifford Brown or Sonny Stitt solo. Well, when an entire book is written as well as Greg Fishman's book, Jazz Saxophone Etudes, the reasons are obvious: organized and concentrated lessons combined with sound jazz language.

The book focuses on long bebop-oriented lines that utilize extremely nice voice leading, the epitome of bebop. Many of the bebop cliches or patterns can be seen, including surround tones, appoggiaturas, passing tones, etc. The twelve etudes presented often resemble jazz standards, in their harmonic progression--such as the blues, rhythm changes, "Take the A Train," and "Have You Met Miss Jones." After the student learns the solo, the principles or patterns can be applied to a real jazz tune. In addition to the solos, the book comes with two play-along CDs. On the CDs, students can hear Greg Fishman play the etudes or opt to play them with a rhythm section accompaniment.

I cannot even begin to praise this book enough! The solos are constructed of the nicest lines that I have ever seen from an etude book. This book needs to be a part of everyone's jazz practice, from beginners to advanced players, everyone can benefit from it.

Reviewed by Joshua Musselwhite


Saxshed.com Review of Jazz Saxophone Etudes:

Chicago based saxophonist Greg Fishman has recently released an astounding publication for intermediate to advanced players.

The Book and Two CD Play-Along Set contains 15 well organized pages followed by the 12 wonderfully written and executed etudes. Fishman's sound is intoxicating - full, fat and robust. The rhythm section swings like crazy behind him and ultimately behind YOU on alternate background tracks.

This is among the best jazz saxophone publications I have seen in recent years. Every teacher and student of jazz needs this book in their practice room or studio ––get one!

Reviewed by Skip Spratt

Sax on the Web review of Jazz Saxophone Etudes:

Chicago has a long history of great tenor saxophonists. One of the truly great young champions of this tradition is Greg Fishman. Greg is a well-known player from Chicago whose recording work can be heard on the critically acclaimed recordings of the duo Two For Brazil, a band that he and Paulinho Garcia (guitar) formed in 1998. As an educator, he has taught jazz improvisation for more than twenty years and is the author of three best-selling Stan Getz solo transcription books. His latest educational offering is "Jazz Saxophone Etudes".

In "Jazz Saxophone Etudes", melodic master Fishman illustrates to students flowing lines that will help them get inside of a tune. To illustrate jazz as a language, Greg bases each of the etudes on standard tunes and progressions such as Take the 'A' Train, Satin Doll, Rhythm Changes, Autumn Leaves, Body and Soul, Green Dolphin Street, etc. The etudes are named after twelve well-known streets in Chicago. The student should be able to quickly discern which classic tune each etude is based upon.

The book has about eight pages of text that gives the student a guideline to get the most out of the etudes. Specific goals are given for the intermediate, advanced, and professional level saxophonist. This collection was written for the advancing student, and as a result, the tempos are at a brisk pace. As with any practice routine, Fishman reminds the reader that it may be necessary to take certain passages slower than marked and to work them up to tempo. Greg gives some wonderful examples of voice-leading and sequences. He also discusses the use of enclosures and thematic references within the etudes.

One of the most unique features of this book is the accompanying play-along CDs. Separate CDs are included for Bb instruments and Eb instruments. The rhythm section transposes so the player simply plays the notes on the page (which are the same for all horns) instead having two separate etudes which would have meant one of the parts wouldn't be placed as effectively in the range of the horn. On the CD, the odd numbered tracks have sax plus rhythm section and the even numbered tracks have only the rhythm section, with extra choruses for extended solos. While Fishman's reputation has been made playing the tenor for many years, he shows on the included discs that he also is a very accomplished alto player.

Listening to the play along CD's are a great lesson to students of all levels. I have found that they can be used in a multitude of fashions. First, they can be used as an illustration of the appropriate jazz tone and phrasing. Second, they are beneficial to the student as an example of feel and the use of space. Finally, they can be used for transcribing practice that can be checked against the written etudes. Each approach offers further insight and challenges to the advancing student. Furthermore, teachers can use the etudes as a learning tool to illustrate how a saxophonist could conceptualize a variation on a melodic line such as the melodies from any of the included etudes, and use a variation to build a complete alternative chorus or solo.

There's a select list of players who can play night in and night out and that can teach at the highest level. In the saxophone world that list generally includes the likes of Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano. Greg Fishman's "Jazz Saxophone Etudes" shows that he belongs with Liebman and Lovano not only for the quality of his playing but for the quality of his instruction. "Jazz Saxophone Etudes" is bound to become one of the classics of saxophone literature for the advancing player.

Reviewed by Ed Svoboda

This book of etudes was created to fill a gap in the musical resources available to all aspiring jazz musicians. Its purpose is to demonstrate the concepts of soloing to those students who know their chords and scales, but aren’t quite ready to tackle the transcriptions of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, Stan Getz, Michael Brecker, etc.

I have written eleven etudes that will be enjoyable to play, yet will present some technical challenges. However, the technical benefits are secondary to the primary purpose of the etudes––to play through the chord changes in a musical manner while clearly expressing the song’s harmonic structure.

The etudes are based on familiar chord progressions, including the blues, rhythm changes, and a variety of common “standard” 32-bar songs.
Each etude demonstrates the use of:

•Theme and development, including use of sequence.
•Syntax –– the order in which musical events occur.
•Voice-leading –– the smooth connection of chords by moving no more than a whole step.
• Phrasing –– a wide variety of starting and ending points.
•Eighth-note lines –– the use of long streams of eighth notes, sometimes in the “change-running” style.
•Idiomatic Construction –– these etudes were written for saxophone, and use patterns, scales and intervals common to the jazz saxophone lexicon.
•Chord Changes –– try to hear the chords in your head while playing these lines.

Use this book as a part of your complete practice regimen, one which should always include long tones, scales, chords, sight-reading, learning tunes, ear-training, transcription, composition, jazz piano voicings, as well as playing licks and tunes in all twelve keys.