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Gigbag: July/August 2007

Andy Laverne’s Modern Jazz Piano DVDs

Originally released in 1990 and being reissued on sparkling DVD by Homespun, this two-part tutorial features pianist Andy LaVerne with a stellar quartet including longtime cohort John Abercrombie on guitar, Steve LaSpina on bass, and Jeff Hirshfield on drums. Throughout each 90-minute program, LaVerne walks pianists through his original tunes and standards and performs solo, in duo with Abercrombie, as a piano trio and with the full quartet. LaVerne’s gentle, unpretentious demeanor makes him easy to learn from.

ProSessions by M-Audio

M-Audio recently shipped some of its ProSessions sound libraries to the JT offices, and they’re keepers, with ultra-realistic samples for studio or live applications. Particularly notable for jazz, fusion or jam-band heads are the Premium Electric Pianos and Premium Vintage Keyboards libraries: Electric Pianos recreates two classic Fender Rhodes models, and Vintage Keyboards includes models of a Wurlitzer Model 214 “Blacktop” and D-model Clavinet from the mid-’70s.

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