The sequel to his popular book & CD Scat! Vocal Improvisation Techniques (MS705), Blues Scatitudes concentrates on blues solos in a variety of contemporary grooves. About the book: Begins with a glossary of relevant musical terms;Divided into five chapters: Scat syllablesUsing accents in 8th, triplet, and 16th figuresMajor & Pentatonic scalesThe Blues ScaleEight Blues ScatitudesEach exercises is written clearly in treble clef, using the popular 'hand written jazz' font which singers are likely to encounter on jazz lead sheets; Chord changes are included above the staff; Scat syllables are included below the staff. About the MP3 CD: CD is in the popular MP3 format, to allow for inclusion of more material than a standard CD would allow (51 full tracks, in this case.) This CD will NOT play on standard CD players; it requires a computer to convert MP3 files to an audio file to be burned to a CD (or, the CD can be directly used by the popular MP3 players, or by a singer at their computer.) If this sounds complicated, it isn't - ask your kids! Each piece is recorded three ways - with the vocal melody (performed by the author, ) with the melody played instrumentally, and as a rhythm section track only (to sing to.) In addition, each piece is recorded in at least two different musical styles - from jazz swing to samba, swing funk, straight funk, reggae, Cajun, rock, and R & B. On the CD, the rhythm section includes a keyboard player & drums (played by the multi-talented author!) About the author:Bob Stoloff is Associate Professor/Assistant Chair of the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. In addition to being a vocalist and drummer, he also plays bass and flute. He has been a member of the a capella group Vocal Summit which also included Bobby McFerrin, Urszula Dudziak and Jay Clayton. ©2003, 78 pages. Book & MP3 CD.