Countless top-notch guitarists, from many different genres, have released records in the radio format known as Smooth Jazz. And why not?! Smooth Jazz has a wide and enthusiastic audience and it’s also commercially successful.
That’s why so many of our guitar heroes dabble, if not specialize in the format. And that’s also why we asked NYC-based recording and performing artist, Gil Parris to put this versatile collection of 50 Smooth Jazz Licks You MUST Know together for your playing pleasure.
Smooth Jazz favors melodic lines played over down-tempo grooves with an ear-pleasing palette of jazz, funk, blues and pop feels and textures. Gil’s handpicked collection of licks pay homage to the best in the biz…
“The collection features many versatile licks and moves from guitarists such as George Benson, Pat Metheny, John Tropea, Chuck Loeb, Earl Klugh, Phil Upchurch, Larry Carlton and many others. But I’ve also included great lines from sax and keyboard players like Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Norman Brown, Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Red Garland, Cannonball Adderly, David Sanborn, Kim Waters and David Mann.”
Speaking of hit-maker and monster Grammy nominated sax player David Mann… kudos and much thanks to David for providing the killer rhythm tracks that Gil uses to demonstrate over and that you get to practice with on your own.
Gil demonstrates the licks over the rhythm tracks for musical context, and then breaks them down with special emphasis on the correct right and left-hand techniques required to play the licks just like the artists who inspired them. All 50 of the licks are also tabbed out and notated, plus you’ll get Guitar Pro files as well (Windows & Mac compatible).
50 Smooth Jazz Licks You MUST Know is a virtually bottomless resource of lines, licks and moves that you can draw on across jazz, funk, R&B and pop. Combine them, speed them up, slow them down, change the feel or timing and tweak them to your heart’s delight — they’ll serve you for a lifetime.