Gypsy jazz standards, and Pearl Django originals for instrumentalists of any skill level. The easy-to-read standard notation, guitar tablature, and chord diagrams will allow beginning students to quickly learn the core Gypsy jazz repertoire. More advanced students will benefit from the carefully notated intros and outros, melodic embellishments, advanced chord voicings, and harmony parts. The accompanying play-along audio CD will allow you to practice your own solos with the Pearl Django rhythm section.
I think that the most rewarding, productive and satisfying thing an aspiring jazz player can do is to play with other musicians. What a great way to develop your vocabulary and facility in the Gypsy jazz and swing styles--to have the chance to play with Pearl Django, one of the best groups playing this music today!
Howard Alden, one of the greatest virtuosos of jazz guitar for the past twenty years. His Gypsy jazz style playing can be heard on the soundtrack for Woody Allen's film "Sweet and Lowdown."
Pearl Django is without a doubt one of the best Gypsy jazz bands in the United States today. Their CDs, and later their live performance in 2002 at the annual Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois-sur-Seine, France, proved to me the outstanding musicianship of this ensemble. Few have approached Django Reinhardt's music with the sincerity, rigor, and authenticity of Pearl Django. More recently I have had the pleasure to appear onstage with this excellent group. During these performances they've continued to impress me with their dedication to this wonderful genre. Bravo et latcho drom a Pearl Django!
Patrick Saussois, one of France's premier Gypsy jazz guitarists, owner of Djaz records, and founder of the ensemble Alma Sinti.
Pearl Django Play-Along Songbook, Vol. 1, by Greg Ruby. Spiral bound, includes CD, . It’s no secret that the key to playing gypsy jazz solos, as with most instrumental music, lies in having a solid rhythm section that doesn’t mind playing the same chord changes over and over again. Here you get instruction, transcriptions of solos (both standard and tab), and complete chord charts for 17 Django, or Django-style, songs, plus the advantage of being able to practice those great melodies with one of North America’s best gypsy jazz bands playing back-up. Now you’ll be able to take your turn the next time a jam session digs deep into Djangology, Limehouse Blues, Nuages, or Swing 42.
Richard Johnston, Gryphon Gazet
Seattle’s own Pearl Django has been at the forefront of the Gypsy jazz scene in North America for over a decade. Now their excellent arrangements of Django Reinhardt compositions, Gypsy jazz standards, and their own original songs are available in a play-along format. The Pearl Django Play-along Songbook, which contains 17 songs, is an excellent learning tool. To date, this is the only book to provide accurate music of Django’s compositions in such an easy an easy-to-read, gig friendly Real Book format (both standard notation and TAB). The play-along CD is comprised of Pearl Django’s original recordings with the solos removed. Unlike many play-alongs which sound stiff and clinical, with the Pearl Django CD you feel as if you’re playing along with the band during a burning performance. In addition to the basic charts, separate harmony parts, introductions, endings, and advanced chord versions are also included. Two of Dudley Hill’s brilliant chord-melody compositions have also been transcribed in detail. This book is an excellent way for students of any level to learn the Gypsy jazz repertoire from one of the best bands playing today.
Clyde Holbrook, The Quarter Note – Dusty Strings Newsletter
Very well written!
Pros: Standard compositions, High quality play-along tracks, concise editing.
Cons: Not spiral bound (no great obstacle).
I am taking up playing again after a 20 year hiatus. So I have very recently made several purchases of instructional material to help get me back into the game. I had initially ordered another publication (by an artist I admire)that purported to be "comprehensive". And while it was indeed dense with information, the songs included were exclusively that of the author(s)with no standard compositions. The accompanying CD had samples recorded upon some sort of synthesizer which of course had none of the dynamics of the guitar. I was to discover that to make this book useful I would essentially have to purchase four of the authors albums (and was told as much in the text...shameless shilling). Also the text seemed to have been poorly translated into english and in need of editing. Disappointing. Not so with the Pearl Django publication by Mr. Ruby, a book that delivers exactly what it promises. Thoughtful graphic design and editing, mostly standard compositions and a truly useful CD that comes as close as possible to the sensation of sitting in with the the band. It is quite gratifying to have an immediate familiarity with the selected songs and the structure of the accompanying tracks. I can heartily reccomend this publication to any one wishing to learn and simply have a great time doing it. I only hope that we see more of these works from Mr. Ruby and his editors. Thanks!
Submitted by: Takacs on 10/17/2012 09:34:02 AM
Being a newbie found book a little difficult to follow at time; would like to see jazz equations (ii-V-I) for each piece, author talks about it in book but not listed: re the CD would have liked to see the quitar seperated out on its own, re the examples of the beats would like to hear them at 50% then 75% then 100% speed for at least eight to ten bars; would like to hear the alternate chord changes on the CD and hear examples of the swing and jazz ballad beats. BUT all in all a great buy. I am glad I bought it. I will add more when I have had a chance to spend more time with them. I highly recommend it, more so for an advanced beginner ot intermediate player.
Submitted by: Danno on 04/13/2012 01:54:48 PM
I love Pearl Django yet this isn't an entertainment package, it's a learning and practicing package. That said, it's a top notch production. There are cheaper playalongs on the market but like a good guitar, you only have to pay for this playalong once!
Submitted by: Steve on 08/28/2011 02:33:52 PM
Very clear..easy to use. Only wish there had been more songs, though there's plenty to keep one busy here.
Submitted by: Martus on 05/04/2011 08:41:45 AM
A good learning tool!
Submitted by: John on 04/27/2011 06:37:44 AM
Book/CD set. Learn authentic Gypsy chord voicings and melodic patterns from the most accurate transcriptions of Django Reinhardt ever published! CD Includes all of Djangos original unaccompanied recordings. 176 p.