Riffs & Grooves is a great new compliation of original pieces for solo piano in a popular style: the perfect introduction to the composer who brought you the Microjazz series.
This career-spanning collection includes selections from Christopher Norton's bestsellers Celtic Melt, Chunky Phunky, Country Comfort, Microstyles Collection, Smooth Groove, and Microjazz Collection 1, 2 and 3. In addition to performance and backing tracks playable on both your CD player and computer, the included enhanced CD also includes tempo adjustment software for CD-ROM computer use.
"Riffs and Grooves is a collection of 28 pieces for students around Grade 1 and 2. Many of them you will recognise from earlier publications like Blues No. 1, Get In Step and Three Plus Two Blues but what is different here is the combination of so many of Christopher Norton's pieces in one book together with their CD which not only has performance and backing tracks to play along with but also boasts an additional feature. Using a computer you can access the Amazing Slow Downer software which, as named, will slow down the tempo of these tracks whilst you are learning the pieces without changing the pitch so you can still play along.
Christopher Norton was one of the first composers to start writing teaching pieces in jazz and other popular styles. Whilst there has been an avalanche of publications following suite his pieces still sound bright, fresh and current. What young student or adult, wouldn't enjoy playing Becalmed, Open Space or Shamrock flyer. Very enjoyable music and the CD adds and extra dimension making students feel they are part of the band."
EPTA Piano Journal