Author: Various Composers
Published by Sher Music
This is one of my favorite fake books because there are tunes in here you won't find anywhere else. Chick's voicings for "Tone for Jones Bones", Birdland, tunes by George Cables and McCoy Tyner that you won't find anywhere else, among many, many others. It was Sher Music's first fake book. I picked it up in the early 90's when I was learning jazz piano at the University of Washington and I still have it on my shelf, and I still pull it out and play from it.
Sher Music's first fake book was designed to include all the best original jazz compositions not included in the old, illegal Real Book. Composers include Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Russ Ferrante, John Scofield, and many more. Like all Sher Music fake books, it features composer-approved transcriptions, easy-to-read calligraphy, and many extras (sample bass lines, chord voicings, drum appendix, etc.) not found in conventional fake books.
"Very true to the original music. Great for any students of jazz."-Chick Corea
"This is the most carefully conceived fake book I've ever seen."-George Cables
"An impressive work throughout, setting high standards."-Jazz Educators Journal
"I'm very impressed with the overall quality. I find myself using it a lot."-Mike Nock
"I predict great and lasting success for the book. It will be a standard."-Jon Hendricks.
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Volume 1 of this educational jazz piano book contains 15 jazz piano exercises, tricks, and other interesting jazz piano techniques, voicings, grooves, and ideas Scot Ranney enjoys playing.
Volume 2 has 14 jazz piano exercises and tricks of the trade, and quite a bit of it is Calypso jazz piano related material, including some Monty Alexander and Michel Camilo style grooves. Jazz piano education is through the ears, but books like this can help.
Volume 3 contains 12 jazz piano exercises and explorations by the acclaimed jazz piano educator, pianist, author, and recording artist Tim Richards.
Volume 4 is by Jeff Brent, a jazz pianist, composer, teacher, and author of "Modalogy" and other acclaimed jazz theory and education books. In this book Jeff shares detailed analysis of transcriptions of live performances. He covers everything from the shape of the songs to the tricks and licks he uses in improvised lines to the ideas behind his lush chord voicings.
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