Quotes and Reviews
“Hank Garland is among those rare and unforgettable guitarists of our time. The fire of his rhythmic picking is tempered by his beautifully interwoven harmonic concept. He continues to be one of my favorites of all time.”
“Once in a while, the presence of a great guitarist emerges to inspire generations of artists and becomes a part of musical history. Hank Garland is among the best of all time. Thank God for his talent and legacy. Cesar Oliveira’s excellent transcriptions of Hank Garland’s work fill a void in the archives of jazz music.”
“For many, many years, guitarists have considered Hank Garland one of the very best players. Thanks to Cesar Oliveira, some of Hank’s musical ideas will now be available for the serious students of the jazz guitar.”
“Listening to Hank Garland play the guitar changed my musical life, as well as the lives of thousands of other musicians over the years. In this professional and detailed presentation of Hank’s genius, Cesar Oliveira has done a wonderful job of capturing Hank Garland’s landmark performances from JAZZ WINDS FROM A NEW DIRECTION. This is a virtual college course in jazz improvisation and it is my hope this great music will be passed on to a new generation of musicians.
“Hank Garland created a landmark recording with JAZZ WINDS FROM A NEW DIRECTION. It set the bar so high that no one will ever reach it again. After all these years, that recording is still modern and fresh. Every guitar player that hears it will never forget it. Hank was the best of the best.”
“Hank Garland is one of the great guitarists of all times. His inventiveness in several styles of music has contributed substantially to the evolution and development of guitar music. He has been an influence on me and many others! “
“There have been many renditions of the great standard “All the Things You Are” on all instruments. Hank Garland’s interpretation of this great Hammerstein piece on guitar is as if you are hearing it for the first time. This established Hank Garland as one of the great jazz guitarists of our time, and the album JAZZ WINDS FROM A NEW DIRECTION as the standard all jazz guitarists should use as the level to reach in their musical maturity.”
Book review in “Just Jazz Guitar” Magazine (reviewed by Jackie King), November 2003
TRANSCRIPTIONS OF HANK GARLAND’S SOLOS
Virtually every jazz guitarist has heard the name Hank Garland – and with good reason. Not only is Hank Garland one of the greatest guitarists that ever lived, but his contribution to the jazz world in the recording “Jazz Winds from a New Direction” is, without question, a landmark in the archives of guitar music. This CD, including all of Hank’s guitar works and solos, has been transcribed by Cesar Oliveira in a volume titled “Guitar Transcriptions of Hank Garland’s Solos: Jazz Winds from a New Direction”. To my knowledge this is the only existing published transcription of this recording and is a long-awaited treasure. Our gratitude should go to Hank, Billy (Hank’s brother), and Amy Garland for their dedication and generosity in making this project possible, and in commissioning Mr. Oliveira for the transcription of this music.
guitar music of Hank Garland transcribed in this book was embodied
in the 1960 Nashville recording that brought together jazz drummer
great, Joe Morello, as well as the instrumental virtuosos Gary Burton
(vibes), and Joe Benjamin (bass). It has come to be acclaimed as
one of the foremost jazz guitar albums of all time. The book includes
a CD of the classic recording along with 85 pages of music, and is
dedicated to the memory of Robert Bryan Garland.
The tracks, “Three Four Blues”, and Miles Davis’ “Move” show Hank Garland’s virtuosity with _ time as well as up-tempo bop. The beautiful acoustic version of “Always” is one of the highlights of the book, and includes chord voicings and diagrams of the chord melody, chord solos, and chord fills that Garland played. “Riot-Chorus” and the classic tune “Relaxing” demonstrate some of the best single-line soloing that jazz guitar has ever produced, and should be heard by every lover of jazz.
The complete scores appear in all the transcriptions, including many bass and drum parts. All on all, I think the book is a real labor of love, and would highly recommend it to every serious guitar player. Cesar Oliveira has produced a fine work with this book.