The AB Real Book is a unique jazz resource. It is an exciting compilation for all jazz musicians, but is specifically concieved for less experienced musicians. It contains lead sheets for a hundred tunes, together with specially commissioned arrangements, including those for Grade 4 or 5 examinations for jazz Clarinet, Sax, Trumpet and Trombone.
A good book that explains Jazz and progresses at a speed that is easy to be understood by students of all ages. It is an expensive book and CD accompaniments have to be bought separately. It would be more helpful to students if each grade were published music with a CD like the classical grades.
One of my older sons has been playing from the piano version of this book for several months. On discovering that there was a sax edition which would suit his younger brother, he bought it as a birthday present. It has already given both of them more than their money's worth - plenty of jamming! And the saxophone teacher was impressed with the layout, too... A good buy, despite what seems like a high price.
- (SOLIHULL, United Kingdom)