Mikko Nurmi – The Music of Paul Chambers
(release date: 06/22/2015)

Revised edition
ISBN-13: 978-1514288078; ISBN-10: 1514288079
120 pages

The Music of Paul Chambers offers a comprehensive look at the musical style of one of the greatest bassists of all time. With improvements and revised sections, the book offers seven full-length transcriptions from his famous recordings with Miles Davis and a comprehensive study of his walking bass style and his bass lines for ballads with 74 musical examples. The book concentrates on his late 1950’s playing on Kind of Blue, Cookin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet and Relaxin’ with The Miles Davis Quintet.

Paul Chambers (1935-1969) is one of the jazz legends and one of the most important bass players in the history of jazz. In his short career Chambers recorded hundreds of albums as a sideman with Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean and many others. In addition to his contributions as a bassist to many of the all-time classic jazz albums, his recordings as a band leader have also influenced generations of musicians. Paul Chambers was one of the most competent bass players of his time and has a lot to teach to the present day bassists.

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“The Music of Paul Chambers” ist ein interessantes Buch für Bassisten, die sich für die Walkingbass Lines und die Jazzbass-Spielweise der 1950er Jahre interessieren. Die Mischung aus Analyse und umfangreichen Transkriptionen macht das Buch absolut empfehlenswert.” – BassQuarterly Magazine January/February 2016 issue

(in English: “The Music of Paul Chambers” is an intriguing book for bassists, who are interested in 1950s style of walking basslines and jazz bass playing. The mixture of analyses and extensive transcriptions makes it absolutely recommendable.”)

Praise for the previous edition: “I’ve just finished reading the book, “THE MUSIC OF PAUL CHAMBERS”. As a bassist found it very informative, and as a reader of many books, found it very well organized, thoughtful, and very moving. This book is a must for all bassists !!” – Ron Carter

Praise for the previous edition: “Mr. Nurmi, I wanted to personally thank you for the new book on Paul Chambers. I am so happy that you took the time to research and include some great quotes on improvisation and the connection to the artists. I have always been intrigued by not only how the musicians were able add so much poetry to their music but also why. I am fascinated by new medical research, (fMRI) showing the human brain when improvising jazz. I am a trumpet player (since 1956) and a jazz musician and teacher (since 1964) I appreciate your contributions to the study of jazz. Over the years I have had the pleasure of teaching many bass players. I only wish your excellent book had been available earlier.” – Charlie Rose

Praise for the previous edition: “A Great Book Of Great Importance” – Amazon customer review

Praise for the previous edition: “I think any bassist or arranger looking to understand the formulation of bass lines in Jazz should own this book.” – Amazon customer review

Other reviews:, Bass Musician, Amazon Japan, Bassbooks

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Melodic Approaches to Jazz Improvisation Volume 1: Relationship between Chords and Scales
(release date: 02/28/2013)

ISBN-13: 978-1482563320; ISBN-10: 1482563320
390 pages

Melodic Approaches to Jazz Improvisation Volume 1 discusses the most basic aspects of improvisation: the use of scales in relation to chords and chord progressions.

This comprehensive analysis aims to explain the basic theory on scales and to encourage the reader to explore also with more unusual scale choices. There are numerous scales more or less close to the basic scales that are usually used with a particular chord. This book guides you to these territories.

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