Completely revised and enlarged edition!
The book is divided into three main sections: Melody, Rhythm, and Harmony. Dozens musical examples as well as compositions by Bill Evans (pianist), Jaco Pastorious, Jim Hall, Ralph Towner, Steve Swallow, Pat Metheny, Michael Gibbs a.o. are included in order to illustrate specific compositional techniques.
An extensive chapter on The Compositional Process features interviews with jazz composers Bill Evans, Carla Bley, George Russell, Horace Silver, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Lyle Mays, Anthony Davis, Herbie Hancock, Richie Beirach, Ralph Towner, a.o.
"Gil does a service here on a high level. The concepts he offers impose no style and thus, can be used and extended to enrich any musicians vocabulary. The rest is up to you."