Odd Meter Escapades: 14 Advanced Jazz Studies for Trumpet


Odd Meter Escapades: 14 Advanced Jazz Studies for Trumpet by Chris Kase is appropriate for college through professional trumpet players.

Challenge your ability to play in unusual time signatures! Odd Meter Escapades features fourteen jazz etudes in meters such as 5/4, 7/4, 9/4, and 11/4, together with a play-along CD which includes rhythm section accompaniments and performances by the author.

Click here to watch a video with the author.

The studies in this book borrow their harmonies from well-known jazz standards—occasionally with interesting, re-harmonized twists. They often contain quotes of the original melodies, and sometimes include phrases inspired by some of your favorite jazz soloists.

Here are a few samples from the CD:


 “Odd Meter Escapades will greatly enhance your odd time signature playing and conception. These pieces are expertly played by Chris on an accompanying CD. The only way to gain proficiency in odd time signatures is to play constantly in them, and this book affords you that opportunity!” - Randy Brecker, Trumpet Soloist; Recording Artist

“I must say that Odd Meter Escapades has surpassed all my expectations. Chris Kase has put together a great collection of odd meter etudes based on standard harmonic forms. Each etude has a finely crafted play along track with and without Chris’ excellent trumpet playing. As much as I was hopeful that I would acquire some good sight-reading material, what I received is a serious, progressive approach to developing odd meter rhythmic vocabulary. I’m looking forward to adding this to my daily regimen. Thank you, Chris!" - Sam Zambito, Lead Trumpet Player at Walt Disney Entertainment

“Odd Meter Escapades challenges those of us who are more comfortable in 4/4 than with rarely visited time signatures like 5/4, 7/4, 9/4 and 11/4, all of which get a good workout here. If you are a jazz instrumentalist looking for new ways to expand your rhythmic comfort zone, Odd Meter Escapades is highly recommended, as is the entire Chris Kase catalogue.” - Mike Metheny, Flugelhorn Soloist; Recording Artist

“This is a wonderful book with many great pieces for students and pros to learn from! Playing in odd meters is a challenge, so any book that addresses this issue is a welcome tool.” - Joe Magnarelli, Trumpet Soloist; Recording Artist; Faculty,  Juilliard School of Music and Rutgers University

"Finally, a jazz method for odd time signatures! This is a great book for both students and professionals to gain more experience playing in less common time signatures. This is fantastic sight reading material, but it's also fun and challenging to improvise with the backing tracks. A must for all who want to better acquaint themselves with unusual time signatures. This is yet another great publication from Chris Kase." - Matthew Simon, Professor of Jazz Trumpet, Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya

"A gift from the universe, in the form of this book. I haven’t been able to put it down. This edition by Chris Kase is not only a brilliant study of odd metered time signatures, it is a masterful and ingenious method for developing the ability to add harmony to improvised rhythms during a jazz improvisation. This method is a must-have for any serious jazz trumpeter." - Bill Lucas, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Michigan Dept. of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation; Trumpet, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

36 pages, spiral bound to lay flat on the music stand; includes CD. If you would prefer MP3 sound files, click here to download.

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