Reviews for The Jazz Theory Book

Submitted by GreenAsJade - Rating: FullFullFullFullFull

This is one of those "must have" books for guitarists interested in music theory.

Even if you aren't really into jazz (which I'm not).

Although it has a chapter of "basic principals" it is by no means a beginner's book.

What it is ... a very readable, approachable compendium of a pretty exhaustive list of theory topics, from a jazz perspective. Every point is illustrated with an example from real jazz.

I will share one drawback I found while reading it: it lacks some "rigour" that you might expect from an advanced theory book. It shows more by example than by analysis. This is great, it serves it's purpose, but a few times it left me wondering "yeah, I see this being done, but what is the theory behind it?".

Maybe for some things in music, the answer is "it just is".