We have been having a blast putting together our first books with play along recordings. This two volume set is called “Modern Rhythm Makers” for trumpet and piano. This includes piano accompaniments in the score, complete with chord changes in case you have a rhythm section, but it also comes with play along recordings for every tune that includes an entire rhythm section playing behind you.
These recordings came from old LP recordings that were carefully transferred and cleaned up. If you are looking for a smoking lounge feel and a classic vinyl feeling, this is a play along that is going to scratch you right where you itch.
This two volume set has two versions of every tune. The first version is straight, then it has a suggested improv jazz-style second version that you can use to give you a head start on improvising on a melody. These improvs are beautifully written, and playing along with the backing track really helps you land right in the pocket.
Below is the track listing. I included one tune here so you can play along with the samples. You are gonna love it!
*Note: MP3 files are attached as a zip folder for each volume. Just so you know how it will be delivered.
Volume 1: My Blue Heaven, Laura, Don’t Blame Me, I’m Nobody’s Baby, Ja-Da, Blue Moon, I’ll See You In My Dreams, The Wang Wang Blues, Coquette, Honey.
Volume 2: Whispering, Once in a While, Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue, You Were Meant For Me, Johnson Rag, At Sundown, I’m in the Mood for Love, Sleepy Time Gal, Darktown Strutters’ Ball, Sweet and Lovely.
Sweet and Lovely