George Benson records for Play Along Music - Play Along Music

George Benson Offers Students & Musicians An Online, Interactive Jazz Experience

George Benson and Vinny Valentino have teamed up to provide guitar, jazz, and music enthusiasts alike with these amazing songs, each of them recorded exclusively for PlayAlongJazz.com and available as a digital download. Players can choose from a variety of options including the individual tracks as well as packages with the complete tracks as they were recorded.

George Benson As Recorded

Affirmation as recorded
Breezin as recorded
This Masquerade as recorded

George Benson Packages

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George Benson complete package minus guitar. 6 tracks in all.
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George Benson complete package minus drums. 6 tracks in all.
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George Benson complete package minus bass. 6 tracks in all.
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George Benson complete package minus keys. 6 tracks in all.
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George Benson package as recorded. 3 tracks in all.
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George Benson package minus drums. 3 tracks in all.
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George Benson package minus guitar. 3 tracks in all.
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George Benson package minus bass. 3 tracks in all.
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George Benson package minus keys. 3 tracks in all.

George Benson minus guitar

Affirmation minus guitar
Breezin minus guitar
This Masquerade minus guitar
Affirmation, Breezin and This Masquerade (as recorded)

6 tracks in all/Affirmation, Breezin and This Masquerade (as recorded and minus guitar)

6 tracks in all/Affirmation, Breezin and This Masquerade (as recorded and minus bass)

6 tracks in all/Affirmation, Breezin and This Masquerade (as recorded and minus drums)

6 tracks in all/Affirmation, Breezin and This Masquerade (as recorded and minus piano)

 

30 Tracks

30 of the most popular PAJ tracks in one product.  Just pick your instrument.

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30 jazz standards
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30 jazz standards minus drums
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30 jazz standards minus bass
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30 jazz standards minus guitar
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30 jazz standards minus keys
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30 jazz standards minus melody

Thomas Lang

ThomasLangThomas Lang was born in Austria on August 5, 1967. Like most professionals, he started playing the drums at the age of 5. Years of drum lessons and practice brought this young and upcoming drummer along very well. Thomas Lang was the youngest student to be enrolled at the Vienna Conservatory of Music. Here he learned all different styles of music like Jazz, Classical, Fusion, and big band. Upon graduation, Thomas immediately began working with many different bands and artists in Europe. He engulfed himself in work, sometimes doing up to 15 projects at a time. Eventually, Thomas established a name for himself.

Play Along Jazz is proud to offer 3 original tracks performed by drummer Thomas Lang and the Play Along Jazz band. The compositions are written and arranged by Vinny Valentino specifically for Thomas Lang and exclusively for PAJ.

Color Funk,
Pinch Me and
The Druminator.  A variety of products are available for download.  
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Thomas Lang Packages

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Color Funk, Pinch Me, The Druminator, as recorded, minus drums, lead sheets. 9 products in all.
Color Funk, Pinch Me, The Druminator, as recorded, minus guitar, lead sheets. 9 products in all.
Color Funk, Pinch Me, The Druminator, as recorded, minus bass, lead sheets. 9 products in all.
Color Funk, Pinch Me, The Druminator, as recorded, minus keys, lead sheets. 9 products in all.
Color Funk, Pinch Me, The Druminator as recorded
The Druminator, as recorded, minus drums, lead sheet
Pinch Me, as recorded, minus drums, lead sheet
Color Funk, as recorded, minus drums, lead sheet

Thomas Lang Minus Drums

Color Funk minus drums
Pinch Me minus drums
The Druminator minus drums

Thomas Lang As Recorded

Color Funk as recorded
Pinch Me as recorded
The Druminator as recorded

Thomas Lang Minus Bass

Color Funk minus bass
Pinch Me minus bass
The Druminator minus bass

Thomas Lang Minus Guitar

Color Funk minus guitar
Pinch Me minus guitar
The Druminator minus guitar

Thomas Lang Minus Keys

Color Funk minus keys
Pinch Me minus keys
The Druminator minus keys

 

Joel Rosenblatt

JoelRJoel Rosenblatt is best known as the drummer for Spyro Gyra, one of the most successful pop-jazz groups ever.  Joel’s varied early work including Dominican pianist Michel Camilo, bluesman Matt “Guitar” Murphy, jazz artist Paquito D’Rivera, and country-rock band Pure Prairie League, has given him a wide range of experience as well as making him one of the most diverse drummers around. Joel Rosenblatt and playalongjazz bring you video performance tutorials. Each video contains a live performance of Joel playing along to the actual track and commentary on how he approaches the drum part. You can purchase a package which contains the track minus drums, the video, and the sheet music. The videos are also available separately.

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The Chicken
The Chicken minus drums
The Chicken minus bass
The Chicken minus guitar
The Chicken minus keys
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Joel Rosenblatt Tracks, five jazz standards, five R&B/funk tunes, as recorded
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Joel Rosenblatt Tracks, five jazz standards, five R&B/funk tunes, minus drums
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Joel Rosenblatt Tracks, five jazz standards, five R&B/funk tunes, minus guitar
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Joel Rosenblatt Tracks, five jazz standards, five R&B/funk tunes, minus bass
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Joel Rosenblatt Tracks, five jazz standards, five R&B/funk tunes, minus keys
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Joel Rosenblatt Tracks, five jazz standards, five R&B/funk tunes, minus melody/vocals

Double B Double V minus drums

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Double B / Double V CD complete minus drums package: as recorded, minus drums, lead sheets. 27 products in all.
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Double B / Double V CD minus drums
You Dont Say minus drums
I Like the Way U Think minus drums
Dont Count on Me minus drums
A Night in Amalfi minus drums
Remember the Time minus drums
Alter Ego minus drums
No Strings Attached minus drums
Give Me the Night minus drums
Shake Me minus drums

Double B Double V as recorded

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Double B / Double V Complete CD as recorded
You Dont Say
I Like the Way U Think
Dont Count on Me
A Night in Amalfi
Remember the Time
Alter Ego
No Strings Attached
Give Me the Night
Shake Me
Shake Me bonus track

 

Steve Smith

steve_smithSteve Smith’s drumming, while always decidedly modern, can best be described as a style that embodies the history of U.S. music. His original love of rudimental parade drumming is evident in his intricate solos. Likewise, his command of jazz, from New Orleans music, swing, bebop, avant-garde to fusion, is applied with his powerful rock drumming sensibilities and allows him to expand the boundaries of all styles. His musical focus is committed to the exploration of improvised music incorporating styles as diverse as Blues, Jazz, R&B, Funk, Cajun and South Indian Carnatic.

Vital Information - Vitalization CD

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Vitalization CD minus drums. 11 tracks in all.
Jimmy Jive minus drums
Groove Time minus drums
The Closer minus drums
You Know What I Mean minus drums
J Ben Jazz minus drums
Interwoven Rhythms – Dialogue minus drums
Seven and a Half minus drums
The Bottom Line minus drums
The Trouble With minus drums
Get Serious minus drums
Interwoven Rhythms – Synchronous minus drums

Originally drawn to the drums by hearing marching bands in parades as a child in his native Massachusetts, Smith began studying the drums at age nine, in 1963. After high school, Smith studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1972-76. There he received valuable instruction from such renowned teachers as Gary Chaffee and Alan Dawson.

In 1974 Smith’s professional career began in full, at 19 years old, with his tenure in the Lin Biviano Big Band, which he toured and recorded with for the next two years. At that same time he also performed with bebopper Buddy DeFranco and was a member of free-jazz group The Fringe featuring George Garzone. In 1976, Smith began his association with jazz/fusion by joining violinist Jean-Luc Ponty’s group and recording the 1977 landmark fusion album Enigmatic Ocean, which also featured guitarist Allan Holdsworth. It was while touring with rocker Ronnie Montrose a year later that Smith was asked to join the popular rock band Journey which brought his playing to the attention of a rock audience.

With Journey, Smith toured around the world and recorded numerous successful albums including the immensely popular Escape (Columbia 1981) and Frontiers (Columbia 1983), both of which garnered the band many Top 40 hits and worldwide sales of over 80 million albums. In 1985 Smith left Journey to pursue his original passion, jazz, and to continue his developing career as a session player. Over the past 30+ years, Smith has played on many hits with such diverse artists as Bryan Adams, Mariah Carey, Zucchero, Claudio Baglioni, Andrea Bocelli, Y&T, Dweezil Zappa, Ray Price, Corrado Rustici and Savage Garden.

 

Guitarist, Composer and PlayAlongJazz creator Vinny Valentino featured

VVLive1You’ve heard him on much of the PlayAlongJazz tracks.  Browse the content composed, arranged and performed by Vinny Valentino.  You can sample and purchase tracks from a list that he has recommended and recorded with and without the guitar.

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