Atonal Jazz: A Systematic Approach to Atonal Jazz Improvisation

Catalog: DORN1150

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This book by composer and clarinetist Meyer Kupferman (1926-2003) offers extensive discussion on the topic of atonal jazz improvisation. In addition to the text, original musical exercises, etudes and pieces are presented throughout. To put the theory into practice, there are 11 play-along improvisational studies that pair with the included CD recording of a backing jazz rhythm section.


  • 155 pages of text and etudes
  • Play-along CD
  • 3 Play-along books (one each for the keys of C, B-flat, and E-flat)
  • Pull-out chart of INFINITIES TONE-ROW

Table of Contents:
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Part One: Chromatic Jazz Techniques
  • Overview of Chromatic Techniques
  • Whole-Tone Scales
  • Interval of the Fourth
  • Extended Thirds
  • Eight-Tone Symmetrical Scales
  • The Lydian Mode
  • Part Two: Atonal Jazz Techniques
  • Tone-Row Structure
  • Two Row Improvisations
  • Four Row Improvisations
  • Twelve-Tone Chordal Improvisation
  • Free Improvisation
  • Random Rows
  • Solo Improvisation
  • Patterns for 12-Tone Jazz
  • 'Pure' Hexachordal Techniques
  • The Whole-Tone, Twelve Tone Mix
  • The Mix Itself
  • Tonal and Twelve-Tone Combinations
Publisher: Dorn Publications
Composer/Author: Kupferman, Meyer
Catalog Number: DORN1150
Pages: 155