June 24, 2024

Greg Fishman has released a great new book titled Jazz Saxophone Etudes. What sets this book apart from others is the addition of two CDs, one for Alto and one for Tenor. You use the same etude for both instruments. So, you don’t have to deal with bad transposition jobs that you find in say, Bob Minzter’s books. Plus, the CDs feature extended rhythmn section only parts that allow you to stretch out and play on the tunes.

The tunes are based on standard changes. There are two blues etudes, two rhythmn changes etudes, and etude based on the changes to “A” Train, etc. All the etudes are named after streets in Chicago, which figures as Greg Fishman is from Chicago.

The one thing I would want more of in the book is voice leading. It would have been great to include the voice leadings to the solos, along with some analysis of what was used. It was mentioned briefly in the front of the book, then….nada. It would really make this book stand out if it had detailed, one page sheet on the voice leadings used in the solos. Anyhow, I’ve done a bunch of them for my students so they can see how he constructed the solos.

Rating for this book. 10/10. For $20, this book rocks. You get excellent solos, great sounding CDs, and a lot of information. Go get it!

2 thoughts on “Jazz Saxophone Etudes By Greg Fishman

  1. two CDs, one for Alto and one for Tenor. You use the same etude for both instruments. So, you don’t have to deal with bad fingering transposition of jumping up and down like the omnibook to name one. This is a great idea!

  2. Yes, or poor transpositions like in Bob Mintzer’s books. His books lay great on Tenor, but on Alto….they generally suck.

    Who plays out of the Bb Omnibook anyways? Clarinet players and trumpet players? Not any saxophonists I know….

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