Sunday, February 7, 2016

Steve Crowell's "Jazz Standards in Chord Melody Style" series




I have had Steve Crowell's "Jazz Standards in Chord Melody Style" volumes 1, 2 and 3 for ages. If you are a student and you are interested in playing chord melodies, this is a very accessible and attractive series in chord studies. The books have both chord diagrams and standard notation for every standard. Though I'm not sure playing prefab chord melodies necessarily qualifies as "jazz", Steve's books do provide an excellent series in chord studies so you can get your own thing going later. Though there are some (performance) notes for each tune, there is little to no theory involved. Tunes range form easy to intermediate.


In the video I am playing Ellington's "Prelude to a Kiss" fingerstyle using Steve's arrangement from volume 3. Here's some samples of the sheet music so you get an idea what the books look like. The samples are incomplete for copyright reasons.

For ordering a book in this series click here. Below I added an overview of the standards in each book.




Steven Crowell - Jazz Standards In Chord Melody Style - Vol 1 - Book and CD
Each volume contains 9 chord melody solos loaded with numerous compositional devices! Includes: "Bluesette, Here's That Rainy Day, Cute, Girl Talk, Misty, Satin Doll, Moonlight In Vermont, Moonlight Serenade, Have You Met Miss Jones".

Steven Crowell - Jazz Standards In Chord Melody Style - Vol 2 - Book and CD
Each volume contains 9 chord melody solos loaded with numerous compositional devices! Includes: "On Green Dolphin Street, The Girl From Ipanema, How High The Moon, One Note Samba, Look For The Silver Lining, The Shadow Of Your Smile, Polka Dots And Moonbeams, Wave, Witchcraft".

Steven Crowell - Jazz Standards In Chord Melody Style - Vol 3 - Book and CD
Each volume contains 9 chord melody solos loaded with numerous compositional devices! Includes: "Autumn Leaves, Meditation, Once In A While, You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Stevie Wonder), Sophisticated Lady, A Prelude To A Kiss, Lil' Darlin', How Deep Is Your Love (The Bee Gees), We're All Alone (Anne Murray)".

Steven Crowell - Jazz Standards In Chord Melody Style - Vol 4 - Book and CD
Each volume contains 9 chord melody solos loaded with numerous compositional devices! Includes: "Sweet And Lovely, The Way You Look Tonight, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Dancing On The Ceiling, Too Marvelous For Words, Ain't Misbehavin', Delta Blues, Ferris Wheel Rag, Fly Me To The Moon".


4 comments:

  1. Yeah I like Steve's books too, they have helped me a lot! I think they are some of the best written chord melody books around, and they are very fairly priced as well.

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  2. Are the tunes in these books organised according to difficulty level at all? I'm thinking about buying them in order to get material for sight reading practice that is a bit more interesting than the Mel Bay Modern Method and William Leavitt books.

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