THE BANDZILLA SONGBOOK
“…an invaluable resource for musicians…”
Since BANDZILLA RISES!!! has been released, I’ve received a lot of messages from musicians wanting to see the music. The idea began to make a songbook that would distill the essence of the compositions and include transcriptions of the fantastic instrumental solos. Then I realized what a monumental task I was plunging into. Fear placed it’s icy fingers around my throat. Luckily, I made a delicious cup of coffee and started writing.
It’s been a bit of a long job but here it is, at last, THE BANDZILLA SONGBOOK.
The book is laid out in a simple format, 3 staves. The bottom two staves cover keyboard and bass lines. The upper stave covers vocals lyrics and instrumental solos, with occasional indications of brass and guitar lines and backing vocals.
The transcribed instrumental solos provided me with the greatest challenge. At first, I thought, this won’t be too bad. Then I saw that it was going to be like climbing Everest barefoot in a snowstorm. Then I started enjoying it! These solos from Randy Brecker, Nigel Hitchcock, Mark Nightingale, Steve Hamilton, John Thirkell and myself will bring you into each player’s musical concepts of spontaneous composition – otherwise known as ‘improvisation’.
I have introduced each tune with information about the composition process, the recording and photos of the performers. I’ve tried my best to bring the reader into my compositional process - what producer Steve Anderson calls, “a wonderfully bonkers rollercoaster journey into Niles’ expansive musical brain!”
This is an invaluable resource for musicians who want to challenge themselves to the limit. Everything I’ve learned from working with such icons as Pat Metheny, Paul McCartney, James Brown and Ray Charles is here – and a lot more. These are my own musical dreams and lyrical fantasies.
If you have a sense of humor, and a taste for adventure, this is the book for you - 233 pages of dangerous musical exploration - and a lot of fun! Get it at Amazon: