[Dixielandjazz] Fake Books - CDs.

Stephen Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Mon Mar 24 17:05:58 PST 2003

Sheik asked about the six "Real Books" and the Colorado Cookbook.

1) Colorado Cookbook - describes itself as "Tasty Tunes For The Musical
Gourmet". Mostly modern jazz but does include Avalon, Basin Street,
Besame Mucho, The Christmas Song, and Baubles Bangles & Beads, etc., as
well as "A Night in Tunisia" etc. A nice group of tunes, some danceable,
for the straight ahead players. Solid swinging tunes. Very legible

2) The six versions of the "Real Book" - They concentrate mostly on jazz
composers since 1950. However do include "classics" by Ellington and Bop
Standards from the 40s. There is also a good selection of earlier Tin
Pan Alley and Show standards in an effort to provide the jazz guys with
danceable music at private gigs. And, even some fusion stuff, though not
much. The earlier versions are hand written, but the later ones are
printed. All quite legible.

So, Sheik's books, and or Al Levy's CDs are better suited for most OKOM
bands, unless you are doing mainstream and/or bop and/or commercial

Steve Barbone

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