Information/outlets to buy . . .outlets to buy used even, if possible; Real Books tend to be pricey, as are all collections of tunes where royalties are paid. (Note to my fellow moderators: This is a legal book and not violation of copyright.)
Ideally I need one in C . . . C bass clef would not be my first choice as I do all kinds of stuff, but even a bass clef book would be useful. I’m not picky, though the prospect of transposing everything out of a Bb or Eb book is also not thrilling.
Looks like I’m going to be doing more arranging in 2007 (and more playing! Wheee!) and I see from online sources there’s quite a few things in the book not otherwise available. Including Abdullah Ibrahim’s The Mountain, which is what started all this in the first place. But they don’t tell me where I can find one for purchase, I keep getting “not found” pages.
Well, they’re all real but some are more Real than others.
They used to be only sold on street corners and etc. (I remember buying my first “Real Book” from a van on a corner of Massachusetts Avenue over by Berklee.) But then music publishers figured out how to make money out of it and now there are legit Real Books. They seem to be more accurate too; Paul Bley’s students were not always the best of transcriptionists.
Thanks for the link, Gorilla Man; I’m still hoping to find a used copy as my budget is not huge; when shipping and etc. is added in new is going to be pricey. But I’m glad to find it at all. I appreciate your help.
The UK version has different tunes . . . though I hadn’t seen these updates and different versions. Check out the list here
Just went to amazon and was amazed to see Hal Leonard Publishing actually publishes “The Real Book;” that’s the same cover of the ones they sold out of the back of the van in Boston. (Hope they corrected the errors!)
I already have that book, thanks, though.
Guppy, you have what they used to call “Old #1.” For many many years that was all the fake book there was. I have a copy of that one too. Um, I don’t want to talk about it.