am 23. November 2015
I bought the book a few months ago and started now the serious studies. Just the pure reading is already a benefit.
1. The book is based on a compelling structure: dividing the Jazzblues into two major parts - the static part of measures 1 to 7, and the dynamic part of measures 8 to 12 including the two turnarounds.
2. Joseph emphasizes the importance of arpeggios from a technical and a musical point of view as well; a cornerstone not only for Jazzblues. By the way: chapter 4 - smooth transitions between arpeggios - was one of the decisive reasons for me to buy the book.
3. The different colours of soloing using different scales are thoroughly described. The bebop versions of the mixolydian, the phrygian dominant, the dorian and the altered scale are explained and provided with examples. To give at least one little point of criticism: the role of pentatonic scales seems to be neglected a little bit.
All in all the book is definitly "a comprehensive study guide"; it’s fine that Joseph avoided to use a title like "Jazzblues in 30 days" or something similar. To elaborate the book completely will take a lot of months or even longer.
Five Stars are a more than justified rating.