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Gigbag: September 2006

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Town Talk Polish Products
Tascam GA-100CD Guitar Amp/CD Trainer Combo
MXL M3 Silicon Valve microphone

Town Talk Polish Products

England’s Town Talk Polish Company has partnered with Yamaha to release a line of cleaning products for silver and lacquer-finished woodwind and brass instruments. Among the products in the line are polishes, cloths and mitts, including the Luxury Duster and Large Microfiber Polishing Cloth, which will help keep your instrument looking brand new for years and years.

Dexter Gordon: 10 Jazz Favorites

New in Hal Leonard’s Jazz Play Along series is Dexter Gordon: 10 Jazz Favorites, a book/CD combo that will have you burning like the long, tall tenor-man in no time. The book features streamlined, no frills lead sheets for tunes like “Blow Mr. Dexter,” “Dexter Digs In,” “Dexter’s Riff,” “Long Tall Dexter” and “So Easy,” and the accompanying CD includes two versions of each chart: one with a melody and one rhythm-section-only track to blow over. Perfect for any expat.

Jamey Aebersold Jazz Volume 114: Good Time!

This book/four-CD set from Jamey Aebersold provides play-along tracks in any small combo format you can imagine: solo over a piano trio, subtract the piano for ultimate harmonic freedom, improve your inner-metronome with the drums-only track, or go Jim Hall and duet with either piano or bass. The 14 Aebersold tunes cover all the standard feels in all the necessary keys, making this a worthy resource for players of all instruments and skill levels.

Buddy Rich’s Modern Interpretation of Snare Drum Rudiments

Introduced in 1942, Buddy Rich’s Snare Drum Rudiments is no mere method book: It’s a percussion institution. Amsco recently brought this resource into the 21st century with a book/double-DVD edition, leaving the original lessons intact and adding performance tips and visual demonstrations by Ted MacKenzie. A second DVD features interviews with Rich’s family and concert footage of the hotheaded big-band maestro himself. Verbal abuse sold separately.


Tascam GA-100CD Guitar Amp/CD Trainer Combo

In the February 2006 issue JazzTimes reviewed Tascam’s CD-GT1 MkII Portable CD Guitar Trainer, a nifty gadget that makes copping licks a breeze by slowing the tempos on recordings without changing pitches. Tascam took the next logical step and coupled the CD Trainer with an amplifier, resulting in one highly addictive rehearsal machine. The amp features 100 stereo watts through a 12-inch speaker, two channels and all the integrated DSP effects you’ll need to rip off the guitar god of your choosing. And you thought you were going to leave the house this weekend.

MXL M3 Silicon Valve microphone

The latest addition to MXL’s professional-grade Silicon Valve series microphones, the M3 is a large diaphragm condenser optimized for vocals. The solid-state M3 is built to mimic the sound of a ’60s vintage tube mike to provide considerable warmth and clarity. But unlike most tube mikes, it requires no external power supply. A sister microphone (called the M3-P) is voiced specifically for female vocals. Both mikes ship in a classy, cherry wood box.

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