Re: John Riley
I love this guy's book The Art of Bop..I have been working though Chapin's book for about two years now off and on and decided to go ahead and buy Riley's a few months ago. In my opinion, Riley's book is much more practical and layed out for the laymen. He also has very interesting commentary and probably a hell of a lot of personality. Chapin's book is just so damned difficult in the later chapters. If I ever master all of these exercises I am going to be one bad sucker. :)
Until then it's just me stuck in the woodshed choppin' away.