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Gear Check: March 2014

Jazzed Magazine • GearcheckMarch 2014 • March 26, 2014

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The Jazz Harmony Book from Sher Music

Sher Music Company’s The Jazz Harmony Book by New York pianist David Berkman is a course in how to add chords to melodies, showing how a single melody can give rise to rich harmonic variations. The Jazz Harmony Book is endorsed by Kenny Werner, Fred Hersch, Mark Levine, and others. The book is 206 pages long, with two CDs included. 


SwirlyGig SwirlyHook Solo

The SwirlyHook Solo is a single black hook that fits snuggly on a standard mic stand to hold headphones, tambourines, cables, and more. The SwirlyHook Solo also fits on bird feeders, shelving, or any vertical 1/2” tubing. The product is made of resilient spring steel and coated in black PVC for grip and durability.


Grover Pro Headless Tambourine

Grover Pro’s New Studio Pro Tambourines feature hand-hammered German Silver and Phosphor Bronze alloy jingles, dual-width staggered jingle slots (pioneered by Grover Pro), soft rubber comfort edging – to protect the player’s hands and the shell, a 10” diameter solid hardwood shell, and the Grover Pro guarantee of quality.


D’Addario FlexSteels Bass Strings

FlexSteels are billed as D’Addario’s most advanced strings, delivering the unique combination of flexible feel coupled with a deep, round tone and punch that’s optimized for – but not limited to – slap and fingerstyle playing. The FlexSteels’ recipe mixes a harmonic-rich steel alloy with precisely formulated core-to-wrap diameters wound to exact specifications. Available for 4-, 5- and 6-string basses.


eMedia Music Guitar Lab: 50 Hard Bop Blues, 50 Slow Blues and 50 Jazz Masters Licks You Must Know

In 50 Hard Bop Blues Licks You Must Know DVD, host Tom Wolfe presents a versatile vocabulary that not only celebrates Wes Montgomery’s contributions, but also captures the stylings of the blues and jazz guitarists that he influenced.

50 Slow Blues Licks You Must Know is split into five groups representing the five most common styles of slow blues tunes and includes signature licks from these masters. Host Anthony Stauffer breaks it down for you note-by-note  in this collection

Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Tal Farlow, Barney Kessel, George Benson, Grant Green, Pat Martino, John Abercrombie, John Scofield, and Pat Metheny are all masters of jazz guitar. With the 50 Jazz Masters Licks You Must Know DVD, 50 highly versatile licks influenced by the music of these masters are presented.


Zonda Reeds

Zonda’s new rebranded reed line is available for soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone, as well as bass clarinet. They are also available in two different cuts for BH clarinet (Supreme and Classico).  All reeds are made from premium Argentinean cane and come in a wide range of strengths to accommodate every player.  No pesticides are used in the harvesting of Zonda’s quality woods.


Conn-Selmer  ‘40 Series’ Saxophones

The Selmer 40 Series Saxophone Line has grown with the addition of tenor saxophones to the line. Also, alto and tenor now have black nickel and silver-plated finishes. The 40 Series saxophones are a first-ever collaboration between Henri Selmer Paris and Selmer USA. All the horns feature a custom designed and manufactured Henri Selmer Paris neck and mouthpiece, along with a feature-filled body that responds at a top performance level. The black nickel and silver-plated versions both feature a silver-plated Henri Selmer Paris neck.

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