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May 29, 2007

Practice Jazz Cds

I got some mails of readers aksing if I can recommend them a particular kind of practice jazz cds.  Although I have used Aebersold cds a lot and I was and still am a big fan of those, I now use Band in a Box.  Of course the Aebersold cds sound better, they are played by real musicians, but I prefer the flexibility of Band in a Box.  The latest incarnation (2007) has real drums and although the other instruments are Midi, you can get a really nice sound if you use one of the free software synths and be carefull about the instruments you choose (who needs strings or steeldrums to practice?).  A simple setup like acoustic bass, real drums and Fender Rhodes sounds really good.

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