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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Sher Music Co.; 1st edition (1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961470143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961470142
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.3 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the go to book for my jazz combo.
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[The following is a review I gave for a slightly different version of this same exact book, the Real Book from Sher.
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Great selection of music, particularly jazz pieces that i have not seen before in one book.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By parlman@pi.net on November 1, 1997
Format: Spiral-bound
This book has hundreds of pages filled with all kinds of jazz tunes, written in the clearest font possible. Most tunes have the basic chord changes and general solo's, but some are "as played by ..." and may even have the bass, piano or rythyms section written out, if it's particularly special. A must for people playing jazz from sheet music. If you could ever finish this book, you can get versions two and three both filled only with new, completely different songs!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2000
Format: Spiral-bound
This is one of the best. Easy to read during a gig. Very comprehensive. Plenty of tunes to keep you busy memorizing them for years. One book cannot have every tune, but this a great start. I also recommend volumes 2 and 3.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Trevis Rothwell on September 23, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
If you're looking to this book as an updated version of the old "Real Book", you will likely be disappointed. While there are a few tunes in common, most of the tunes in the old "Real Book" are not present here, replaced by newer (sometimes more complicated) compositions. The format and calligraphy in the book, while most excellent, is noticeably more formal than that of the old "Real Book", and may take some getting used to.

THAT SAID, if you disregard the implicit connection to the old "Real Book", this book stands on its own quite well. It IS an extremely well-prepared collection of jazz tunes, some of which you would be hard-pressed to find transcribed anywhere else (e.g., "Waterwings"). This doesn't really replace the old "Real Book", but it supplements it nicely.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bill M. on January 14, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
[The following is a review I gave for a slightly different version of this same exact book, the Real Book from Sher. I've decided to copy it here because it's applicable.]

From playing in both my high school's and college's jazz ensembles, it was clear to me that "The Real Book" was the bible of jazz standards. No instructor was without a copy. As a bass player, there have been countless times were I was just tossed a photocopy of a page from the Real Book and the instructions of "Here, do a walk over this chord progression."

A number of things made this book the most demanded of its kind. First of all, it contained hundreds and hundreds of jazz songs in a single volume. Second of all, it mostly followed a one-page-per-song format, showing the most essential parts: the chord and structure changes, the introductions, and the melody. If a song seemed to center around something like a particular repeated bass line, then that line was also shown. And last but certainly not least, the type face and unique "hand written" look made it the by far easiest book to physically read (no eye strain!)

Unfortunately, The Real Book was next to impossible to hunt down. No music stores carried it, or at least admitted to carrying it. It was pretty much an under-the-counter item that you could only get if you knew somebody. I guess these $50 books were always secretly copied and bounded in some local guy's basement, in hopes of skirting all the legal copyright issues.

Finally, Sher Music Co. has taken the original Real Book, got copyright clearance from each and every living composer, and in so doing even got to correct many mistakes based off the the composers' very own lead sheets. They also threw in a number of full-page photographs of jazz greats.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Longy on April 10, 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
This well-written book has a wonderful variety of standards, some funky pop and plenty of great fusion pieces. The ensemble writing was invaluable when I was using these charts in a university jazz ensemble. The notes on calligraphy style and the drum guide at the back were also extremely useful as a teaching aid for students interested in jazz arranging. The only "downer" is the spiral binding - I have personally put hard covers on the spiral binding, otherwise the front & rear covers soon fall off.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Mchale on July 16, 2010
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
Great book and I got it for a deal. It is not full of lyrics, so if you are a vocalist and looking for that, it is only half.
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brilliant ! a beautifully crafted books for the classical standards and more modern jazz standards ! Created by musicians for musicians !
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By Winndell K. Powell on April 15, 2014
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I've been getting into jazz lately so I bought this book, as a guitar player it's really helped with learning a lot of jazzy chords.
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