hey everyone,  
i'm looking for some nice solo jazz piano arrangements. i love oscar peterson, bill evans, and dave brubeck. some of my favorite pieces to play now are the gentle waltz and take five. i do have some bill evans transcriptions, but they're just a bit too tough for me, likewise with the oscar peterson transcriptions. any suggestions for some good arrangements that are a bit easier to learn than those transcriptions?
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have you looked at andy laverne's arrangements for bill evans?
try "bill evans - 19 arrangements for solo piano" by andy laverne.
to find more, i'd suggest these searches in google:
intermediate piano arrangements jazz
intermediate piano arrangements bill evans
intermadiate piano arrangements {insert name here}
if you want to go even easier, try here:
there's a book that i bought a few years ago called "play like a pro." it's actually a large compilation of articles from a music magazine that featured piano arrangements (piano today maybe?).  it has arrangements from (rough guess) early intermediate to some virtuoso stride and "society" style pieces, as well as arrangement composites of famous jazz pianists and arrangements by the pianists themselves (andy laverne is in there at least a couple times).  

i agree that transcriptions aren't the best place to start, as most of the greats possess fearsome technique with regard to jazz (or everything in oscar's case).

thanks for the replies!
i will definitely check out the andy laverne bill evans arrangements, that sounds right up my alley. the play like a pro book also sounds good.
i also found another book called the professional touch by lou stein that looks pretty good, and comes with a cd.
between these i should be headed in the right direction!
as long as you keep trying, you are headed in the right direction. have you thought about an instructor? it is actually one of the best ways to progress. if you find a competent teacher, they can not only demonstrate techniques but they can also help you analyze what is happening with your playing.
there a series by steinway that's good- the easiest on is called "simply elegant standards"  

i just starting working from the "popular perfomer" published by alfred. they have lot's of more current tunes, but there are edditions with the old standards.  

yes, as stated above, it's good to analyze what's happening in these written arrangmenets. try to apply some of the "tricks' that you learn in the arrangements to other tunes, so you can start coming up with your own arrangements.
there's also thelonious monk - easy piano solos which is probably a bit easier than the bill evans one above, and thelonious monk - intermediate piano solos which is probably a bit harder. both are arranged by ronnie mathews. i'm familiar with monk and am playing the first monk book and think he does a great job with the arrangements.
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