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Gearcheck: October 2019

Jazzed Magazine • GearcheckOctober 2019 • October 21, 2019

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The Musician’s Lifeline and Grand Favorites for Piano from Alfred Music

Written by Peter Erskine and Dave Black, The Musician’s Lifeline represents the combined experience and knowledge of the authors gained through their lives in music. In addition, it includes advice from over 150 of the best musicians the authors have the honor of knowing, with topics ranging from sight-reading, learning, listening, auditions, the music business, practice, musical aesthetics and performance, to general travel and life wisdom. $16.99

Alfred Music’s Grand Favorites for Piano is a new six-book series from Melody Bober. Each level contains arrangements of best-loved classical themes and folk favorites. Book 1, for the early elementary student, begins with titles such as “Baa, Black Sheep,” and “Hot Cross Buns,” while Book 6 wraps up with late intermediate repertoire such as “America,” and “Beautiful Dreamer.” Book 2 is for elementary, Book 3 for late elementary, Book 4 is for early intermediate, and Book 5 for intermediate level students. Books 1-6 are available for $7.99 (Books 1-3) and $8.99 (Books 4-6).

Singing with Solos by Lennie Tristano

Singing with Solos contains a detailed description and analysis of singing with solos, the practice, developed by jazz pianist/teacher Lennie Tristano to help his students hear more deeply into music and to express what they heard through their voice. The purpose of singing with solos is to stimulate and develop the student’s own innate creativity as an improviser.                                  

Kendor Music’s New Releases

Kendor Music’s Volume 39 String Orchestra music features 18 new pieces at the grade 1-4 level, many of which are available on SmartMusic. The Volume 39 Jazz Ensemble music features 16 new charts from Kendor Music and 15 new charts from Doug Beach Music, many of which are also available on SmartMusic. Free recordings, full scores and descriptions for both books, as well as SoloMate recordings, are all available from the Kendor Music site.

The Clarinet Omnibook from Hal Leonard

Similar to the Trumpet Omnibook Hal Leonard released in 2018, the Clarinet Omnibook compiles 43 of the most famous jazz clarinet solos transcribed directly from the artist recordings so that anyone who plays a B instrument – trumpet, trombone, soprano, and tenor saxophone, clarinet – can enjoy these fantastic tunes, too. The comb-bound book includes solos from: Sidney Bechet (“Okey-Doke”), Eddie Daniels (“I’m Beginning to See the Light”), Buddy Defranco (“Fascinating Rhythm”), Pete Fountain (“Ja-Da”), Benny Goodman (“Runnin’ Wild”), Ken Peplowski (“All the Things You Are”), Artie Shaw (“My Blue Heaven”), Phil Woods (“Azure”), and many more. $24.99

Brass & Woodwind

Roland’s AE-01 Aerophone Mini

The AE-01 Aerophone mini digital wind instrument from Roland eliminates complicated fingerings and difficult breath control with this easy-to-learn instrument, featuring BluetoothMIDI and Audio connectivity. Roland also developed a companion app for the AE-01 with interactive lessons and tutorials, allowing new players to begin playing instantly and improve quickly.  The Aerophone mini comes packed with six different onboard sounds, including saxophone and violin, and offers over 50 additional modern and traditional tones through the free Aerophone mini Plus app for iOS and Android. Its many features are presented in an incredibly portable package, weighing just over one pound. The Aerophone mini runs on battery power, and features both an onboard speaker and a headphone jack.

The jHorn from Nuvo

The jHorn is designed specifically to suit young students trying out brass for the first time. It is compact, lightweight, and durable. With standard horn fingerings, the jHorn plays the same register as a baritone horn or euphonium but has a unique multi-cup mouthpiece to allow students to experiment with low, middle, and high brass embouchures. It can also be played with a standard trumpet, alto horn or small bore trombone mouthpiece. With piston-type actuators, the patented rotary face valves are low-maintenance and require no valve oil. The whole instrument can be flushed out frequently and quickly with hot soapy water. The jHorn is tuned in the key of BH, but has a set of C tuning slides.

HOB6449WB Oboe from Hunter

Hunter’s HOB6449WB Oboe is a heavy-duty bell, designed for professional oboists. Musicians who play it can produce a warm, reedy, and rich tone, and feel the prominent ease of blowing. All of the professional mechanisms and trills are standard on this model, plus silver-plated keys.

Drums & Percussion

New from TRX Cymbals

TRX has announced an expansion and upgrade to its exclusive special edition line: the Special Edition KX Thunder and AX Lightning Crash cymbals. Offered in 16˝ and 18˝ models, the new, vented cymbals bring TRX’s popular, specially designed hole pattern to its midpriced line. The cymbals have a unique, trashy sound when used alone or stacked and are recommended for everything from traditional jazz and R&B, to rock, pop, and metal.

The new “Deacon” cymbal packs from CRX offer the professional sound and performance of B20 Bronze cymbals at a B8 price. This combo is now available in Classic (dark) and Xtreme (bright) series and a choice of two popular configurations: The “Old Testament” Pack, which includes 14” Hi-Hats, 21” Ride and 18” Crash with bag ($499.99 street), and the “New Testament” Pack, which includes 10” Splash, 14” Stacker and 16” Crash ($199.99 street).

Piano & Keyboard

Casiotone Series Keyboards

Revamped to hit a high note with music lovers of all ages, the new Casiotone series of keyboards consists of three models including the CT-S200 (black, red and white), CT-S300 (midnight blue) and LK-S250 (black). Weighing in at just six pounds, the new models offer a refreshed design including a slim chassis and 61 keys, ideal for playing at home or on the go. Each keyboard is packed with 400 tones, 77 rhythms, 50 patterns for Dance Music Mode, USB Midi, a rechargeable battery, adaptor, and more. Additionally, all three models are compatible with the Chordana Play app, while the LK-S250 also boasts Casio’s Step-Up lesson system. The Casiotone CT-S200 (MSRP: $109), CT-S300 (MSRP: $139), and LK-S250 (MSRP: $159) will be available at select music dealers nationwide later this year.

Cases & Stands

Retro-Rack Series from Gator Cases

This series of vintage amp-style wooden rack cases from Gator offers modern protection with a classic appearance for the stage or studio. This series pays homage to the ‘50s and ‘60s style with three colored tolex options: seafoam green, tweed, and black. Fit your favorite processors and recording equipment into 2U, 3U, or 4U rack-size options with 12.5 inches of rackable depth. $159.99

On-Stage’s TCM1500 Tablet Holder

Adjusting from 8 inches to 12 inches high and 3.5 inches to 9.5 inches wide, the TCM1500 tablet and smartphone holder accommodates a wide variety of tablets. Weighing in at less than a pound, the TCM1500 is constructed of strong, durable plastic with soft protective padding at contact points — assuring that your tablet or smartphone will be safely secured. An assembly adapter allows the holder 180-degree tilt and 360-degree rotation for ease of use during performance. The TCM1500 also includes a battery/cell phone holder that adjusts from 2.5 inches to 4 inches. An included clamp attaches directly to any ¾- to 1-inch stand or desktop.

SH03 Drumstick Holder from String Swing

Keep your drumsticks within easy reach with the SH03 Drumstick Holder. Requiring no screws or clamps, the Stagehand Series holders secure to your stand with a simple twist of the wrist. The tension-fit design prevents this unit from moving, even when bumped, or lifted. Works with mic, music, and cymbal stands ranging from 3/4” – 1 and 1/4” in diameter. $12.99

AirTurn goSTAND Portable Mic and Tablet Stand

The goSTAND microphone stand from AirTurn fits in a backpack. It works well for both standing and seated musicians for holding their tablets, microphones, and other gear that can be mounted using a standard 5/8-27 mic thread. Extendable legs allow adjustments for uneven surfaces and circumferences. Height is less than 18” when collapsed and reaches to 58” when fully extended. $49


New Guitar Colors from Reverend

Reverend Guitars and Chicago Music Exchange have created a number of exclusive colors on the Double Agent OG platform. The Mulberry Mist version is available with a dark roasted maple neck, a pau ferro fretboard, and a tortoise pickguard. The Avocado and Coral versions have roasted maple necks and fretboards with parchment pickguards. The Avocado and Coral Double Agent OGs are available in right-handed or left-handed versions. The Reverend Double Agent OG is a single-cutaway guitar with a Reverend HA5 humbucker in the bridge position and a Reverend 9A5 p90 in the neck position. With the Bass Contour Control knob, the guitar can create a variety of tones.        


D’Addario’s New String Sets

D’Addario XT Strings are D’Addario’s most technologically advanced series of strings created for electric, acoustic, classical, bass, and folk instruments. D’Addario XT Strings combine high carbon steel cores and D’Addario’s most popular alloys with an extended lifespan treatment on every string in the set, giving players enhanced break resistance, pitch stability, and long-lasting performance – all while preserving the tone and feel of their favorite uncoated strings. XT will available for acoustic, electric, bass, and classical guitar, as well as mandolin and banjo.

The Mariachi Guitarrón Phosphor Bronze Strings from D’Addario feature Phosphor Bronze wound bass strings with NY Steel cores. which provide better pitch stability and higher break strength. The treble strings feature D’Addario’s in-house extruded monofilament nylon-wrapped on monofilament nylon, and the proprietary loop end construction method ensures that these strings will fit any Guitarrón and will not prematurely break. Each string has a long-lasting, distinctively full tone, excellent intonation, and can be trimmed to the needed length at the headstock.

The Mariachi Vihuela Nylon Strings are made with D’Addario’s in-house extruded Pro-Arté nylon. Each set is crafted with precision to perform and pay homage to the rich Mariachi musical culture. The Vihuela string sets are available in normal, custom, and hard tension sets.

Electro-Harmonix’s New Clip-On Tuner

The new Electro-Harmonix Clip-On Tuner provides a compact and convenient tuning device for musicians with a broad range of tuning modes: Chromatic, Guitar, Bass, Violin, and Ukulele C and D. It features a bright, easy-to-read LCD display, a tuning range ofA0 (27.5Hz)~C8 (4186.0Hz), flat tuning (, ♭♭), and no-mar pads. $15.

New Pedals from AirTurn

AirTurn’s BT200S pedals for tablets, computers, and smartphones allow you to read music/lyrics/tabs, trigger backing tracks/effects, MIDI, video, lighting, and more. The pedal easily pairs to your Bluetooth enabled device. Choose a default mode or easily assign custom keystrokes and shortcuts, as well as sophisticated MIDI commands. Set switch type to momentary, latching, pulse, or command. Available in 2, 4, or 6 switch models. Starting at $79.

The professional DUO200 Bluetooth pedal for tablets, computers, and smartphones offers customized hands-free app control for reading music/lyrics/tabs, triggering backing tracks/effects, MIDI, and video/lighting. $99.

Kaspar CB1 Clarinet Barrels from Chedeville

Chedeville’s new Kaspar CB1 Clarinet Barrels are designed to add power and projection to the clarinet sound while decreasing resistance. The unique hourglass shape of the outside of the barrel was inspired by the interior shape which is the design element most influential in the sound projection of the barrel. The outside hourglass shape increases resonance by reducing the thickness of the material at the center of the barrel. A third design element is the material itself from which the barrel is made, which is hard anodized aluminum. This gives the Kaspar CB1 Clarinet Barrels their powerful sound. This hardness of material also adds to the barrel’s greater projection, and because it’s aluminum, it is also lighter than traditional barrels. Available in 63, 64, 65, 66, and 67mm lengths. MSRP: $159

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