Richie Vitale's book on Jazz Improvisation will prove to be a most valuable tool for those who are fortunate enough to purchase and use it.  He has done a wonderful job of simplifying the subject of scales but more importantly, Richie shows how to incorporate the scales into melodic and lyrical lines that actually pertain to real jazz playing.  His references to snippets from Art Farmer, Kenny Dorham, Clifford Brown, and Thelonius Monk are most helpful in this regard.  As a bonus, his encouragement toward learning basic keyboard skills will be a major breakthrough for those who do so.  Well done, Richie.  A great book from a great player!!! 
- Bobby Shew

A Lyrical Approach to Jazz Improvisation

  • This is a definitive book on "How to Improvise" explained clearly and succinctly by trumpeter Richie Vitale. Richie has taught Master Classes and Clinics at the Eastman School of Music and is currently teaching at New Jersey City University (NJCU). This book, though written by a trumpet player, applies to all instruments and all people looking for a comprehensive book on the theory and thought process behind jazz improvisation. (Also available "Perfect Bound" for international store distribution.