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New Gear: Paiste, Kurzweil, Sher Music Co. and Supro

Cymbals, a signature mouthpiece, new books and more

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Paiste 2002 Black Big Beat Cymbals
Kurzweil Forte 7 Keyboard
"An Approach to Comping Vol. 2" by Jeb Patton
Randy Vincent's "Building Solo Lines From Cells for All Instruments"
Tom Kamp's "Rhythm First!"
Marius Nordal's "Wisdom of the Hand"
Supro 1600 Supreme 6V6 Amp
Bill Evans Signature Series Mouthpiece

Paiste 2002 Black Big Beat Cymbals

Yes, drummers, your fragile vintage Ks are absolute perfection when it comes to old-school spang-a-lang, but what about the higher-volume, higher-energy settings that define the genre-blending state of jazz today? This new line of cymbals from Paiste offers welcome updates to the brand’s 2002 line-since ’71 a staple for drummers playing rock, R&B, country and other styles-including a fresh hammering design and semi-matted finish. Cymbals available in 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 24-inch singles, and 15 and 16-inch pairs. $436-$465 online

Kurzweil Forte 7 Keyboard

Typically with midsized keyboards, you’re going to sacrifice some features and functionality for the added portability. But Kurzweil’s 76-note Forte 7 is essentially a stage piano worthy of a permanent spot in your home studio. Among the selling points are 16 GB of top-quality new sounds, Flashplay technology for fast, flowing operations, great-sounding KB3 ToneReal organs, 16 arpeggiators, Kurzweil’s V.A.S.T. editing capabilities and much more. $3,495 online.

New Books: Sher Music Co.

New from Sher is Jeb Patton’s book/two-CD set An Approach to Comping Vol. 2 ($34), which breaks down the iconic approaches of Bud Powell, Hank Jones, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock and more; Randy Vincent’s Building Solo Lines From Cells for All Instruments ($25), an expansion of his brilliant guitar book that deconstructs classic solos into useful nuggets; Marius Nordal’s Wisdom of the Hand ($30), a guide to making pentatonics more keyboard-friendly; and Tom Kamp’s Rhythm First! ($18), a beginner’s book/CD guide whose title says it all.

Supro 1600 Supreme 6V6 Amp

Yes, this new Supro combo is a tribute to Keith Richards; no, jazz pickers shouldn’t be scared away by that fact. The Supreme 1600 is simply a first-rate, all-tube 1X10 based on one of Keef’s go-to amps. The big difference here arrives with a pair of 6V6 power tubes in the model’s Class-A output stage, which means more headroom, projection and effects compatibility-in other words, the tonal quality of a boutique recording amp but in a small, gig-ready box. $1,249 USD.

Bill Evans Signature Series Mouthpiece

As saxophonist Bill Evans tells the story on his website, this limited-edition signature tenor mouthpiece is in a way a Michael Brecker model: It’s a faithful replica of a custom mouthpiece Brecker and a craftsman designed in 1980, a mouthpiece Evans began playing the following year and hasn’t stopped playing since-through gigs and sessions with Miles, John McLaughlin, his own Soulgrass project and so many more. The 24-carat-gold-plated mouthpiece has a tip opening “somewhere between a 7 and [an] 8,” Evans says, and he points out its versatility and ability to blow strong and free through all registers of the horn. $1,695 online.

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