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Chick Corea - "Very true to the original music. Great for any students of jazz."

George Cables - "This is the most carefully conceived fake book I've ever seen."

Jazz Educators Journal - "An impressive work throughout, setting high standards."

Mike Nock - "I'm very impressed with the overall quality. I find myself using it a lot."

Jon Hendricks - "I predict great and lasting success for the book. It will be a standard. (Sher Music Company)

---------------This is one of the first <i>hip</i> fake books ever to be published.  Chuck Sher knew what he was doing when he compiled this book of tunes from some of the greatest jazz composers and musicians around.  This book is especially good for piano players because a lot of the songs are full bass and treble clef.  Not to say they are transcriptions, but they are very cool. Chic Corea's "Tones for Jones Bones" for example.  An excellent arrangement of one of Chic's greatest songs (yes, he had many great songs and this is definitely one of them!)  A very tasty arrangement of one of 15 or so Chic Corea songs in the book.  Other tunes include Samba Song, Capuccino, Now he Sings-Now He Sobs (difficult but awesome), Sicily, High Wire-The Aerialist, Return to Forever, Inner Space, Straight up and Down, Humpty Dumpty, The OneStep, and Central Park. As The World's Greatest Fake Book was published in 1983, you'll find songs from that era which is why there are so many Return to Forever tunes as well as earlier works from Chic. You'll also find songs from guys like Herbie Hancock, Miles, George Duke, George Cables, Freddy Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, a large Wayne Shorter selection, Mingus, Mike Nock, Jaco, Denny Zeitlin, Josef Zawinul, John Scofield, and a host of other big names. The great thing about The World's Greatest Fake Book is that <i>it was published in 1983.</i>  Why is this a great thing?  Because the many of the songs that were contemporary at the time have now become classics some 30 years later. Some standout charts in this book include Birdland (yep, with every part written out!), Teen Town, Senor Carlos, Tell Me A Bedtime Story, Pools, Fried Bananas (Dexter Gordon - based off chords from <i>It Could Happen To You</i>), Freight Trane, Brazilian Love Affair, Think On me, Daahoud, and others. Anyway, I wanted to mention this book because it's a classic when it comes to jazz fakebooks and worth every cent for the songs you can't find anywhere else (and the composer's arrangements of the songs.) If you have this on CD, great!  Now get the book so you can put it on your piano and go through the tunes the easy way :)
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