I received Mr. Fishman's book today via Amazon.
First thing I did was listen to the accompanying CD. (Actually there are 2 CD's, one for tenor and one for alto. When you reach the advanced stage you can try to transpose the tenor part on the fly while playing along with the alto CD, or vice-versa.)
Each CD contains an example track of Mr. Fishman playing the etude followed by simple backing tracks for you to play along with.
I have to say that these etudes are beautifully constructed and fun to listen to and that Mr. Fishman's playing is equally gorgeous and clever. In fact I'd say I've already got my money's worth just from the CD itself.
The etudes are mostly based on familiar progressions. I was able to recognize "Take the A Train", "Green Dolphin Street", "Out of Nowhere" and of course The Blues and Rhythm changes. But there were also few songs I couldn't place.
The tempos seem pretty brisk. (Although not as maniacal as some of the Aebersold tempos I've heard.) But the book says the tempos are actually considered moderate by pro standards. The book is aimed at intermediate level players or above. I'm still just a beginner I guess. But that won't stop me from trying.
I really appreciate that the book gives short explanations of things like "Alternate D Fingering", "Enclosures" and "Voice Leading" with easy to understand practical examples of how and when to use them.
This book should keep me busy for at least a couple or three years. Thanks Greg!