The latest book in the 'Exploring' series is a collaboration betwen Tim and pianist John Crawford, an intensive survey of the huge field that is Latin piano. It follows the same format as the previous books, but comes with TWO CDs-worth of mp3 downloads, featuring John playing every tune in the book.
A wide range of styles from many countries are featured, including:
Over 50 pieces to play,including: Oye Cómo Va, Bésame Mucho, Sò Danço Samba, El Manisero (The Peanut Vendor), Mambo No. 5, Mambo Influenciado, Mas Que Nada, Berimbau, The Girl from Ipanema,
Manhã de Carnaval, Upa Neguinho, A Media Luz, Vals Venezolano #2
and Alfonsina y El Mar.
Original compositions by both authors feature copious assignments to help with syncopation and coordination, and key rhythm patterns such as clave, montuno and partido alto are given in-depth treatment.
All pieces are included on the downloadable audio files, which contain authentic rhythm section tracks and invaluable play-along opportunities.
"Tips on improvising, lists of suggested listening, and photographs all contribute to create a most impressive and attractive compendium of the genre."
19 pieces for solo piano
Tim's second collaboration with John Crawford, just published! Not so much a tutor, but a compilation of traditional and modern pieces, including a selection of Brazilian tangos and choros by Francisca Gonzaga and Ernesto Nazareth - such as his famous piece 'Odeon'.
Six originals by John and three by Tim, some of which were written especially for this volume. A few are revised versions of pieces from 'Exploring Latin Piano'. All pieces are played on the accompanying CD by John or Tim.
15 pieces for solo piano
The companion volume to 'Blues, Boogie & Gospel Collection' includes 13 originals alongside Tim's arrangements of Thelonious Monk's 'Well You Needn't' and Duke Ellington's 'Come Sunday'.
The collection is aimed at pianists looking to expand their musical horizons. Pieces are graded, the level ranging from around Grades 3-7. Spanning an eclectic range of styles - including bebop, modal jazz, swing, blues, funk, calypso, samba and bossa - several pieces also blur the boundary between jazz and classical music.
In common with its predecessor, the pieces also include Tim's transcribed solos, to help you get a handle on the improvisation process. Further examples of improvisation are included on the MP3 downloads that accompany the book.
"The pieces throughout this collection are uniformly excellent, brilliantly encapsulating their various styles, while adding to the literature as rewarding, individual pieces in their own right.
This is outstanding material, and another reminder that if there is such a thing as a 'gift of teaching',
Tim has it in spades. His explanations are genuinely helpful, covering complex terrain with admirably concise clarity."
Andrew Eales - pianodao.com
"The album is well organised and a great way to introduce jazz and improvisation skills to classically trained pianists... the pieces are uniquely charming and interesting."
MTNA magazine (USA)