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15 Crazy Jazz Studies

solo saxophone edition

Genres: Bebop, Funk, Jazz, Rock, Swing
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15 Crazy Jazz Studies


These fifteen studies provide a fun way of exploring modern style (e.g. funk, bebop and swing) with tips on techniques such as false fingerings and circular breathing. Concise notes help the player focus on the specific issues being explored in each study. One of our most popular titles.

The book includes two pieces for ABRSM grade 5, and ten pieces for TrinityGuildhall Jazz grades 5, 6, 7 & 8.

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15 min


  • Bebop Bounce, Chris Gumbley
    A lively bebop study in rhythmic transformation.
  • Low Down, Chris Gumbley
    A flowing study in changing time signatures and double density (or false) fingerings.
  • Crazy Hepcats, Chris Gumbley
    Bebop swing with exaggerated dynamics and accents. Wild!
  • Captain Sensible, Chris Gumbley
    Semitones, syncopation and changing key signatures, with hard bop thrown in.
  • Reed Fever, Chris Gumbley
    Punchy swing with off-beats.
  • In the Groove, Chris Gumbley
    Relaxed and cool, with emphasized off-beat rhythms.
  • Merry-go-Round, Chris Gumbley
    Fast swing with rapid modulations. A great work-out for reading accidentals.
  • Slim 'n' Slam, Chris Gumbley
    Incorporating jazz ornaments without disturbing the flow of the relaxed swing.
  • D. D. D. (Double Density Disorder), Chris Gumbley
    A challenging funk work-out using double density (false) fingerings.
  • Fourth Attempt, Chris Gumbley
    Solid swing with crotchet triplets.
  • Tough Guys, Chris Gumbley
    Funky, hard-toned rock.
  • Don't Waste Your Breath, Chris Gumbley
    A lyrical study in breath control and irregular time signatures.
  • Phrased Out, Chris Gumbley
    Irregular jazz phrasing and ghosting.
  • Funky Monkey, Chris Gumbley
    Punchy funk with attitude!
  • Small Change, Chris Gumbley
    A study in managing changes of time signature and rhythmic confidence.

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