Jazz Scores and Analysis, Vol.1

by Rick Lawn

Full scores and in-depth analysis of contemporary, large ensemble works by six Grammy-nominated composers:
Vince Mendoza
Bob Mintzer
Jim McNeely
John Hollenbeck
Darcy James Argue
John Fedchock

Following in the footsteps of Rayburn Wright's seminal work, Inside the Score, this book gives a guided tour into the techniques and musical concepts in these six scores by masters of large ensemble jazz writing.

This immense labor of love includes:

  • Analysis of the lead sheet reductions of each song
  • Annotated full scores with special features extracted in concert pitch for easier realization
  • Biographies of and interviews with the artists, exploring each one's creative process
  • A link to free software - Orchestrators ToolKit - an invaluable aid for composers
  • Recordings readily available for all scores
  • Spiral-bound, 9x12 format for easy reading on a music stand or piano rack
  • Over 400 pages!


I am really impressed with the detail, and how Rick has managed to get so many of the important aspects of the construction of my music.”
— Vince Mendoza

What a comprehensive review of this piece! Thanks for all the work you've put into this!”
— Jim McNeely

What an incredible opportunity to get inside of the writing process of many of the best current jazz composers/arrangers. Thank you Rick Lawn for bringing this all together. It is an honor to be in the company of composition royalty.”
— Bob Mintzer