Modern Jazz Voicings

Arranging for Small and Medium Ensembles

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  • Pages: 144
  • Dimensions: 9 x 12
  • ISBN: 0-634-01443-9
  • SKU: 50449485
  • Publication Date: July 24, 2002

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How do you get that modern jazz sound?

Performers and Arrangers: Add color, character, and sophistication to your chord voicings. Learn to use fourths, clusters, upper-structure triads, and other advanced arranging and performing techniques for three to six parts.

This is the definitive text used for the time-honored Chord Scales course at Berklee College of Music.

Through a step-by-step process with exercises and recorded examples, the authors guide you through the intricacies of deriving “non-tertial” voicings from the right chord scales and applying them to various musical situations.

Become fluent in these techniques and use them effectively to express your own music:

  • Select appropriate harmonic tensions and understand jazz harmony
  • Avoid common mistakes and overcome harmonic ambiguity
  • Experiment with unusual combinations and non-traditional alignments, mixing in other textures, including solo, linear, and contrapuntal passages
  • Listen to arranging techniques performed on the CD and follow along with corresponding notated examples
  • Apply new techniques using the Suggested Activities pages; great for assignments or home use
  • Hear arrangers and players use these voicings to create their characteristic sounds with recommended recordings.

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Ted Pease

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Ken Pullig

Ken Pullig is Chair of the Jazz Composition Department at Berklee College of Music. He was awarded Massachusetts Council of…