This listing is for David, Berger’s Contemporary Jazz Rhythms Vol. 1-4 for Bb Trumpet. Play-along recordings to follow. You may purchase either the entire collection or volumes 1-2 and 3-4 separately if you wish.
Volume 1: The Blues, Got Rhythm, Honeysuckle Rose, Perdido, Indiana, Take the A Train, How High the Moon, Night and Day, The Song is You, I’ll Remember April.
Volume 2: Bb Blues, F Rhythm, All the Things You Are, I May be Wrong, Satin Doll, …Another You, Cherokee, Tiger Rag, Lady Bird/Half Nelson, Oh! Lady Be Good, Get Happy.
Volume 3: Stompin’ at the Savoy, Stella by Starlight, Limehouse Blues, Eb Blues, Ab Rhythm, Autumn Leaves, What is This Thing…, Just You, Just Me, Confirmation, I’m Getting Sentimental Over you, Lover, Once in a While.
Volume 4: On Green Dolphin Street, A Night in Tunisia, Love for Sale, Ab Blues, Eb Rhythm, All God’s Children Got Rhythm, Three Little Words, Tea for Two, Out of Nowhere, Love Me or Leave Me.
In years past, players were able to gain practical experience in road bands and so called territory bands. Although the music was not always of the highest quality, the standards were generally high, and a lead player who listened to the style-setters on the radio or on recordings was generally encouraged and greatly appreciated by his peers. As opportunities of this kind diminished, some experience could be gained from rehearsal bands that played standard arrangements copied from the nan1e bands. Rehearsal bands of this type seem to have been replaced by rehearsal bands that ‘Were formed, apparently, as workshops for arrangers and composers experimenting with n~rforms. Although this playing can be both educational and enjoyable, it does little for the player who desires experience with the standard styles. Occasionally, perhaps rarely, a younl~ composer and arranger appears who has a good knowledge of the jazz classics and love enough for the style to want aband that plays not only his own original compositions in contemporary modes, but also, works reflecting earlier styles.