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May 2012

Jazzed Magazine • GearcheckMay 2012 • May 30, 2012

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Odyssey Premiere Reeds

Odyssey Premiere Reeds are crafted from the finest French cane by one of the world’s leading reed manufacturers.

Cane is selected by its season and the textures of its fibres, which governs its quality, suppleness and resilience. While professionals can benefit from the fine balance, rich timbre and lively response of these high quality reeds, educators and students will find them long lasting and, most importantly, consistently playable.

Available for Clarinet, Soprano, Alto and Tenor Saxophones in the most popular strengths each pack contains three reeds.

Grover Pro Introduces Innovative Tambourine ‘Roll-Ring’

The new Grover Roll Ring is designed to aid concert percussionists with the execution of tambourine thumb rolls.

This circular ring helps players easily create the friction needed to produce a smooth, even sounding “thumb” or finger roll.  The 1” wide self-adhesive band is specially shaped to conform to the outer circular edge of a headed concert tambourine. It has a special non-permanent adhesive backing that makes it super easy to put on and take off in seconds.

The Roll Ring is reusable and can be applied and stored numerous times. The Grover Pro Roll Ring is included free with the purchase of all new Grover Pro professional level concert tambourines.

Humidpro from Lomax Classic

HumidiPro is the first case designed to keep clarinets and oboes at a perfect 45%-55% humidity. The case is airtight, watertight, and uses a patented Humidipak pouch that actually adds or subtracts humidity as needed.

HumidiPro will adjust the humidity throughout the wood of the instrument. This will prevent and restore changes in the bore and tone hole dimensions, and prevent serious cracking of the wood.

HumidiPro cases are currently available for Bb clarinet, a double case for Bb and A clarinets, and also Oboe. Piccolo, Bass Clarinet, and Oboe/English Horn cases will be available by fall 2012.

Diplomatte Saxophones

Diplomatte saxophones feature new retro models to give pros new benefits from old design styles.  The look is either more of an older bronze, a blackened shading, or heavy silver toned plating, all three with absolutely incredible multi-level art work engraving.  The bell is newly designed with a wider and yet more focused sound, and the horn also features an ergonomic key layout.  The student models are based on the same ergonomic designs also with the finest brass materials.  Saxophones come in soprano (curved and straight), alto, tenor, and baritone

Randall May Airlift Products 

Randall May International’s exclusive and patented Airlift system powers conventional stands with an internal customized gas spring, allowing the user to raise and lower percussion products, PA speakers, guitar amps and large wind instruments quickly and safely with the touch of a finger.

DW released its new Airlift powered 9000 Series Tom Stand and Snare Stand at NAMM, and the newest Randall May Airlift stand products were exhibited for the first time at the 2012 Frankfurt Musikmesse by Latin Percussion and Tycoon in several of their stands. The technology recently won a MIPA Award (Musikmesse International Press Award) at the 2012 Musikmesse conference in the Drum Hardware category for the DW Airlift™ Tom Stand.

Tycoon Percussion Supremo Select Series Chiseled Orange

Tycoon Percussion recently introduced its newest Supremo Select (Chiseled Orange) Series for 2012.  Catered to the novice and amateur player, these competitively priced products are constructed of high-quality sustainably harvested Siam Oak wood and feature a new, innovative design of Tycoon’s signature handcrafted texture.

The Supremo Select Series is available in Congas (10” + 11” with double stand available with Randall May AIRLift technology), Bongos (7” + 8.5”), and Djembes (10” and 12” Traditional African Roped Cajon). Hand carved Hardwood body with Beech wood front plate.

Discover Jazz from Pearson

Discover Jazz offers an inclusive, contextual, and student-friendly way to discover the whole world of jazz. The book presents an inclusive overview of the history of jazz, with balanced coverage of the contributions of men and women from around the world. Emphasizing the importance of context, the text presents the story of jazz not as a simple narrative, but as a series of encounters among musicians, historical events, musical influences, and social forces.

The new “MyMusicLab” program delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals. The authors bring the music to the foreground for the student, helping students listen to and analyze the music. The design of Discover Jazz alone will engage students, while key features such as the “Closer Look” and “Issues” boxes will actively involve them in learning about jazz throughout the text. Discover Jazz comes with a complete support package for the instructor including MyMusicLab, ClassPrep, and testing material.

The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire from Oxford University Press

The Jazz Standards, a comprehensive guide to the most important jazz compositions, is at once a unique resource, a browser’s companion, and an invaluable introduction to the art form. This book tells the story of more than 250 key jazz songs, and includes a listening guide to more than 2,000 recordings.  Many books recommend jazz CDs or discuss musicians and styles, but this is the first work to tell the story of the songs themselves. The fan who wants to know more about a jazz song heard at a club or on the radio will find this an indispensable work. Musicians who play these songs night after night now have a handy sourcebook, outlining their history and significance and telling how they have been performed by different generations of jazz artists. Students learning about jazz standards can now consult a thorough reference work for all of these cornerstones of the repertoire.

Author Ted Gioia’s body of work includes the award-winning The History of Jazz and Delta Blues. As a jazz pianist and recording artist, he has performed these songs for decades. As a music historian and critic, he has gained a reputation as a leading expert on jazz.

Supernatural Percussion’s Monster Mini Hi-Hats

Supernatural’s new Monster Mini Hi-Hat cymbals are perfect for Latin, Jazz, Fusion and World Music applications. They can be used in a traditional high hat arrangement or as an added effect. The sounds created are bright and clean and offer the drummer a tremendous amount of groove possibilities.

Brubaker Brute Basses 

The Brubaker Brute Series basses feature a Brubaker patented Bolt Thru neck joint ™ for easy access to the upper frets, and a Brubaker dual coil bridge pickup and single coil neck pickup- both passive for heightened clarity. The basses also include a B-3200 series active preamp, carefully selected hard maple neck and NATO bodies.  Available in 4 and 5-string models and various colors and pickguards.

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