This is a unique jazz resource. It is an exciting compilation for all jazz musicians but is specifically conceived for less experienced players. It contains lead sheets for a hundred tunes together with specially commissioned arrangements, including those for Level/Grade 4 or 5 exams for Jazz Clarinet, Sax (Alto/Tenor), Trumpet and Trombone.
The ABRSM Real Books should not be confused with the more famous 1970's 'Real Books'now published by the Hal Leonard. The ABRSM Real Book is aimed more at the student market looking to do exams with the ABRSM. However having said this, I've actually taken the ABRSM Real Books along to gigs because there are some really nice and not well explored tunes in them that sound fantastic. There are modern jazz compositions as well as great jazz standards. The downside with this book is that it has only about 100 tunes compared to the 400+ found in the original Real Books. Also its not by any means cheap. Unlike the Real Books I think more time and effort has gone in the ABRSM Real Book to ensure their are less errors. The Bass Clef edition for example is actually written so that the notes fall into the range of a trombone player for example, not always the case with the Original Book. Another nice touch with these books is the background info footnotes after each song which again show that the books are from an education body. Personally I'm glad I have these books (I have the Bb,Eb,C and Bass editions) purely because I have access to some fine tunes that are not in the original Real Books. However if I had to choose between the ABRSM Real Books or the Original Real Books I'd go with the Legally produced 6th Editions of the Real Books purely for the greater variety of content. Anonymous
- (United Kingdom)
Great. Has all grade 4 & 5 tunes not only for alto & tenor sax but clarinet & trombone. Anonymous
- (Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom)