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July 2009

Jazzed Magazine • GearcheckSeptember 2009 • September 14, 2009

Alaadeen's The Rest of the StoryAlaadeen’s The Rest of the Story
Kansas City jazz master Ahmad Alaadeen has released his first jazz improvisation and history manual. Primarily known by his surname, Alaadeen, The Rest of the Story is presented in a simplified manner with easy to understand terms. Alaadeen’s methods are meant to help guide intermediate to advanced artists in finding themselves as soloists, while laying down a foundation to the art of improvisation. Alaadeen offers a performer’s perspective rather than that of a theorist who may not play on a regular basis. Alaadeen’s jazz method manual and approach encourages creativity and individuality in playing. Written in old school script, one aim of the manual is to encourage music soloists to play with originality from their instincts and gut.

While the manual is not a step-by-step guide, it does contain lesson plans for jazz educators and soloists. Also included are stories and photos from Alaadeen’s life experience that are a part of our oral tradition. This experience contains musical values, knowledge and lesson, surprising stories of struggle and great perseverance that should not be lost. One of Alaadeen’s favorite sections in the manual is the discovery section. “It opens up your mind. I think the students should discover themselves. For example, take a chord or group of notes, then expand on it.”

PJLA Music Sales Sax Dakota BariPJLA Music Sales Sax Dakota Bari
This baritone saxophone features sleek power forged double arm key cups, an oversized graduated 7.48″, and solid stainless steel long hinge rods for fast/positive torque action throughout all bell notes with instant pad closure. The left hand pinky table was designed for fast/smooth and easy action to handle difficult performance passages. All key cups are custom sized for the slim, low-profile pads fabricated from imported Italian leathers with hardened steel boosters that maximize sound projection and enhance tonality throughout the horn. The entire body, bell, and neck of this sax are fabricated from 77 percent copper content brass alloy for resonance and purity of sound. All springs and pivot screws are machined from black oxide steel. The Sax Dakota baritone saxophone is finished with gray onyx metallic finish on all bodies coupled with a satin silver matte finish on all keys, key cups, key guards, and trim. All finishes are protected by a proprietary clear lacquer coat.

HQ EcoPad
HQ Percussion’s new recycled EcoPad practice pads are made to be more eco-conscious. They are comprised of rubber made from recycled tires and a base made from residual wood waste. HQ’s EcoPad models include a six inch one-side mountable pad, a 12″ two-sided pad, and a nine inch adjustable snare pad. All models are packaged using a simple recycled paper band and come in their own POP corrugate display box.

jj Babbitt's Otto Link Vintage Mouthpiecejj Babbitt’s Otto Link Vintage Mouthpiece
The jj Babbitt Company, Inc. has introduced the Otto Link Vintage mouthpiece for tenor sax to commemorate its 90th anniversary. The new model recaptures the retro sound of the company’s old Otto Link mouthpieces. The sound of the old Otto Link has been recaptured through a combination of minor adjustments to the mouthpiece. The body shape, bore, chamber, baffle, side rails, and tuning are all different from current Otto Link models. Otto Link Vintage is available with the same standard tip openings as current Otto Link models and comes in a choice of metal with 24-karat gold plating or hard rubber. Each mouthpiece is individually serial numbered and comes with a ligature and cap. The metal Otto Link Vintage is specially wrapped in a black gold box and hard rubber models are packaged in a red and white box.

Drum Channel Releases New Buddy Rich DVDsDrum Channel Releases New Buddy Rich DVDs
The Buddy Rich Memorial Concert 2008, a new DVD set from Drum Channel documents the all-star showcase held to honor the “world’s greatest drummer.” Filmed last October at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, the program features prominent jazz and rock drummers backed by a big band with bassist Will Lee. The drummer Tommy Igoe of the Birdland Big Band, John Blackwell of Prince’s band, Buddy’s grandson Nick Rich, Zappa alum Terry Bozzio, Peter Erskine, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Neil Peart of Rush get a few tunes each, tackling both jazz and fusion standards and big-band arrangements of their rock hits. The set includes the original show divided between two DVDs, plus a bonus disc with rehearsal footage and an interview with Cathy Rich.

Drum Channel has also released Buddy Rich Up Close, a collection of six performances originally taped as the pilot for a jazz TV series in 1982. For practicing drummers, the performances have been re-edited to allow for better study of Rich’s technique. The audio has also been reconfigured to better showcase Rich’s chops. In addition to the standard audio, Up Close includes audio tracks for at-home play-along and a drum-heavy mix for close listening. The tunes performed include “Love for Sale,” “Bugle Call Rag,” “West Side Story,” “Birdland,” “Greensleeves,” and “Dancing Men.”

Sonare; Winds' Intermediate TrumpetsSonare; Winds’ Intermediate Trumpets
Sonare; Winds’ new 500 and 600 Series of intermediate trumpets feature a Blackburn designed brass leadpipe and the MicroLok adjustable valve guide system, now exclusive to all Sonare; trumpets. The 500 model horn comes with a lacquer finish and black pearl buttons. The 600 model is silver plated and comes with gold plated valve caps and fingers buttons. A backpack style case and a 5C mouthpiece are included with each 500 or 600 trumpet. Retail prices are $899 for the 500 model (TRB-500) and $999 for the 600 model (TRB-600).

Pure Instrument Polish from Black Diamond
Black Diamond Strings introduces Pure Instrument Polish, a boutique instrument polish packaged in a two ounce bottle, which fits easily into the compact storage areas of any guitar case. The bottle also comes with an atomizer pump sprayer which spreads an even and well dispersed amount of polish directly on the instrument or cloth. Additionally, the stay tight cap prevents the atomizer sprayer from being depressed while in the case.

The Music of George Garzone The Triadic Chromatic Approach from JodyJazz
For all instruments, this three hour plus, two DVD set represents a life’s work, offering a comprehensive, intimate portrait of legendary tenor man and jazz educator, George Garzone. Features include lessons, performances, trading play-alongs, Garzone on sound, PDF supplements, and interviews. Musicians featured on the DVD’s include George Garzone on saxophone; Mike Mainieri on vibraphone; Frank Tiberi on saxophone; The Fringe’s Bob Gullotti on drums; and John Lockwood on bass. The DVD set is designed to be used by intermediate to the most advanced players.

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