Gigbag: October 2007

Bopworks Gene Krupa Model Drumsticks

Chris Bennett of the Bopworks drumstick company teamed with Gene Krupa’s estate and biographer Dr. Bruce Klauber to develop this “officially sanctioned” GK model drumstick. An exact copy of the sticks Krupa used from his 1935 work with Benny Goodman up until his death in 1973, the drumsticks are pitch-paired and weight-matched. They feature a classic satin finish and green retro font, with Krupa’s name silk-screened in vintage blue. $15.95 retail.

Trumpetology Book + CD

Trumpet players of any level will find something useful in this new Jamey Aebersold guide from former Aebersold student, jazz trumpeter Pat Harbison. Designed to improve tone, technique, tuning and time, the book’s dozens of exercises range from introductory to advanced levels. Trumpetology also comes with a CD and a list of recommended books and albums to check out.

$19.95 retail.

Miles of Modes Book + 2 CDs

Written for musicians of any instrument, Aebersold’s Miles of Modes provides a well-rounded introduction to modal jazz. The volume includes descriptions of modal jazz styles and techniques, an explanation of scales, suggestions on soloing and a selected discography. The Play-A-Long book is accompanied by two CDs that feature 30 tracks for practice with a backing rhythm section. $19.95 retail.