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July 2008

Jazzed Magazine • August 2008Gearcheck • August 20, 2008

P. Mauriat SaxesP. Mauriat Saxes
MonteVerde Music, the North American Distributor for P. Mauriat Saxophones, announces the debut of two new models. The PMXA-67R UL alto saxophone and the PMXT-66R UL tenor saxophone are the same design as the current PMXA-67R and PMXT-66R, except they are unlacquered and they go through a special process to make them look “weathered,” like an older vintage horn, while maintaining the huge, fat sound and intonation. Another version of the PMXA-67R and PMXT-66R, the “Influence,” has a totally redesigned keywork.

1000 Songwriting Ideas West Coast Jazz Piano from Hal Leonard
From melodies to lyrics, great songs need great ideas to spark the creative energy that will help you write your next big hit. 1000 Songwriting Ideas, by Lisa Aschmann, is a handy book of creative exercises that stop writer’s block and turn the imagination into a powerful songwriting machine. The book offers a thousand concepts to ponder as starting points for lyric and melody writing, along with provocative and inspirational examples. These proven exercises move the lyrical self, stir the melodic soul, and give you the power to be the creative songwriter you’ve always wanted to be.

West Coast Jazz Piano is a book and CD package by Gene Rizzo that is devoted to providing a complete overview of the techniques and styles popularized by the greatest West Coast jazz piano players of all time. All the best are here: from the cool classical jazz of Dave Brubeck to the smooth and tuneful Vince Guaraldi, to the post-modern stylings of Billy Childs. The CD includes 15 full-band tracks.

Zildjian Brilliant K Crash Ride Cymbals
The Avedis Zildjian Company has introduced two new Crash Ride cymbals in the K Zildjian Series. The 21 and 22-inch K Crash Rides feature a Brilliant Finish and a medium-thin weight. These new models now become Zildjian’s largest Crash cymbals available and offer an explosive Crash sound.

The 21 and 22-inch K Zildjian Crash Rides were developed with Zak Starkey, who has been using them in his set-ups with The Who and Oasis since 2000. These cymbals help Zak create the “wall of sound” he needs when playing with both bands. While adding a dynamic visual impact, Zildjian’s Brilliant Finish also helps to smooth out the sound and add extra high-end sparkle. The K Zildjian Crash Rides open up quickly and are excellent for “shouldering” with the stick.

ChopSaver Gold with SPF 15
ChopSaver#174;, the all-natural lip balm created with the special needs of musicians in mind, is now available with sunscreen (SPF 15). The new product, ChopSaver Gold features bright orange packaging with the familiar green hues of ChopSaver Original.

ChopSaver was created in 2004 by Dan Gosling, a professional trumpet player who was not satisfied with the selection of lip care products then on the market. His company, Good for the Goose Products, LLC, was established to market and sell the ChopSaver line. The company spent more than a year developing ChopSaver Gold, including the time required for FDA testing and approval.

ChopSaver Gold will not replace ChopSaver Original. Both items have a suggested retail price of $4.95.

The Serious Jazz Book II
Sher Music Co. has announced the publication of The Serious Jazz Book II: The Harmonic Approach, by Barry Finnerty. Starting where his Serious Jazz Practice Book left off, guitar legend Finnerty has created another woodshed classic for all jazz soloists. Known for his work as a recording artist alongside Miles Davis, the Brecker Bros., the Crusaders, and more, Barry shows how to become a better improviser by melodically mastering the individual chords used in jazz, how they connect with each other, and how they are used in various song forms.

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