Developing a Jazz Language is the sixth volume of Jerry Bergonzis series, Inside Improvisation. The first chapters of this volume focus on learning the language of jazz using chord scales, approach notes to chord tones and target notes, scale motives and sequences, and lines. Basically this means making your lines fit - eg starting beat one on the 13th and getting down to the 3rd on beat 4 - and emphasising chord tones on strong beats.
Part two qualifies improvisational techniques into three areas: melodic, harmonic and sonic (rhythmic devices are the focus of Vol. IV Melodic Rhythms) and it is designed as a menu of soloing devices from which you can select your personal course of study. Over 100 specific devices are discussed and conceptualized so as to give the improviser more depth of expression and a greater well from which to draw ideas. Among the numerous topics presented are: guide tones, voice leading, chord substitutions, three tonic system for composition, tritonics, hexatonics, tonal expansions, whole tone playing, augmented symmetric scales, double diminished scales, limited range and large range playing, shapes, blues melodies, accents, comping as a soloing device, common tones, articulations and laying back on the beat.
The CD contains twelve standard chord progressions, each played at two different tempos, featuring a top rhythm section of Renato Chicco - piano: Dave Santoro - bass: Adam Nussbaum - drums.
Bk/CD, 172 pages