Real Book (jazz)
This term in general indicates the 1st volume of a series transcribed and gathered by students of the Berklee College off Music during the Années 1970.
The bass player Steve Swallow and the pianist Paul Bley dealt with the transcription of the book. This is why their compositions and those of other people of their entourage constitute a broad part of Real Book, among standard and traditional compositions of Jazz.
There were three editions of Real Book. Volumes 1 and 2 are handwritten, third is printed with the computer.
Real Book became the essential resource of any musician of jazz out of grass. It is also very practical for the professional musicians to work starting from the “Book” ( The Book ), because it is available in various editions to be appropriate for the instruments in B flat, E flat or in tonality of reference (in C, or concert-pitch ): a team leader can announce the numbers of page, experienced players can at a single glance read pieces which they do not know.
The transcriptions of the Real Book are illegal - no Redevance is paid to the artists whose name appears. Before the advent of Internet, it was difficult to find copies of them. The New Real Book (“New Truth Delivers”), also in three volumes, published at Sher Music, is, him, legal and more readable. The collection of pieces differs from that of the Real Book from origin, but certain pieces are taken again there, in new transcriptions and with a much better Polygraphie. The “old man” real book contains many errors (sometimes approximate grids, tonalities of the recordings “of reference” not respected, “accidents” - flat or sharps - forgotten, and whimsical attributions: for example, the type-setter of Journey to Recife is not Bill Evans, but the double bass player Richard L. Evans) and that " New real books" propose more exact statements.
Today, of the Cédérom gathering a great number of the “fake” and “real books” (whose 3 “old men”) circulate in the “medium of musicians of jazz”. The partitions are with the format pdf. It goes without saying the sale of these cédérom is completely illegal, which does not prevent Net surfers from making trade of it.
The three “Real books” of Berklee are referred like “real books”.
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