What I really like about the Hal Leonards is the fact that they offer two versions of every tune. One with a horn playing the head and one with the backing only. I talked about that in my earlier entry. In addition, I like the simple fact that the tracks are relatively short (just a few choruses for impro and even less on ballads) with nice and creative intros and endings so you actually have the idea that you are playing a tune and not blowing over an endless series of changes, Also I find the comping on the Hal Leonards quite musical and creative. On the whole the feel of the tunes is very nice.
So what are my favourite Hal Leonards? Well, the list is pretty subjective of course but here is my personal top 5.
|No 1. Volume 5 10 Bebop Classics|
|No 2. Volume 26 Charlie Parker|
|No 3. Volume 3: The Blues|
|No 5. Volume 8 Jobim|
Here are a few vids I recorded using Hal Leonards. This one (All the Things You Are) is from Volume 75: "Paul Desmond." It was recorded lofi in my living room. The other ones sound better because they were recorded in my home studio. In the vids below, I only used the full play along take, so not the ones with the horn playing the heads.
"There Will Be Another You" is from Volume 7 "Essential Jazz Classics."
"Bluesette" is from Volume 31 "Jazz in Three."
And this one (Four) is from Volume 2 "Miles Davis":