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July 1 1991 0898985986 978-0898985986 1
100 golden jazz standards arranged by greats such as Bill Evans, George Shearing, Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Dave Brubeck, "Fats" Waller, and Duke Ellington. Titles include: Blue Moon * C Jam Blues * Ebb Tide * I'm in the Mood for Love * Mood Indigo * Satin Doll * Take Five * Who's Sorry Now. Spiral-bound.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co; 1 edition (July 1 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898985986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898985986
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 22.3 x 29.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #515,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tunes, great arrangements Oct. 19 2001
By Gary Calvin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is one of the best piano books I've ever bought. Easily worth three times the price. I'm particularly enjoying the Eddie Heywood transcriptions, but the Fats Waller, George Shearing, Dave Brubeck and others are great too. Definitely for the intermediate to advanced pianist.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contents Sept. 15 2008
By Malcolm Davidson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
[What Can I Say] After I Say I'm Sorry {Art Tatum},
Again {George Shearing},
Anastasia {George Shearing},
April Love {George Shearing},
Aquarius {George Shearing},
Artistry in Rhythm {Stan Kenton},
At Sundown {Art Tatum},
A-Tisket, A-Tasket {Freddie Slack},
Avalon Town {Teddy Wilson},
Black Eyed Susan Brown {Thomas ``Fats'' Waller},
Blue Moon {Teddy Wilson},
Blue Rondo a la Turk {Dave Brubeck},
The Boy Next Door {Matt Dennis},
By the Time I Get to Phoenix {George Shearing},
C Jam Blues {Duke Ellington},
Cabin in the Sky {Earl ``Fatha'' Hines},
Charmaine {George Shearing},
Chattanooga Choo Choo {Hazel Scott},
China Boy {Freddie Slack},
The Darktown Strutters' Ball {Bob Zurke},
Do Nothin' `Till You Hear From Me {Earl ``Fatha'' Hines},
Doll Dance {Freddie Slack},
Don't Be That Way {Eddie Heywood},
Don't Blame Me {George Shearing},
Don't Get Around Much Anymore {Earl ``Fatha'' Hines},
Ebb Tide {George Shearing},
Emily {Bill Evans},
Everything I Have Is Yours {George Shearing},
Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue {Hazel Scott},
For All We Know {George Shearing},
The Gentle Rain {George Shearing},
Good Night Sweetheart {Eddie Heywood},
How About You? {George Shearing},
How Am I To Know {George Shearing},
I Cried for You {Teddy Wilson},
I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) {George Shearing},
If I Give My Heart to You {George Shearing},
If I Had You {Bob Zurke},
I'll Never Be the Same {Earl ``Fatha'' Hines},
I'll See You in My Dreams {Teddy Wilson},
I'm Coming Virginia {Maurice Rocco},
I'm in the Mood for Love {Eddie Heywood},
I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So {Duke Ellington},
I'm Nobody's Baby {Thomas ``Fats'' Waller},
I'm Sitting on Top of the World {Thomas ``Fats'' Waller},
I'm Thru with Love {Bob Zurke},
In a Mellow Tone {Duke Ellington},
In a Mist {Mary Lou Williams},
In Your Own Sweet Way {Dave Brubeck},
Invitation {George Shearing},
It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got Swing) {Duke Ellington},
It's A Raggy Waltz {Dave Brubeck},
Ja-Da {Art Tatum},
The Jitterbug Waltz {Thomas ``Fats'' Waller},
Just You, Just Me {Eddie Heywood},
Kathy's Waltz {Dave Brubeck},
Killing Me Softly With His Song {George Shearing},
Laura {George Shearing},
Little Things Mean a Lot {George Shearing},
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing {George Shearing},
Lullaby in Rhythm {Mary Lou Williams},
Margie {Thomas ``Fats'' Waller},
Mood Indigo {Duke Ellington},
The Moon Is Low {Art Tatum},
Moonlight Serenade {George Shearing},
My Blue Heaven {Teddy Wilson},
On Green Dolphin Street {George Shearing},
Once In a While {George Shearing},
One O'Clock Jump {Bob Zurke},
Over the Rainbow {George Shearing},
Pagan Love Song {Teddy Wilson},
Pennsylvania 6-5000 {Thomas ``Fats'' Waller},
Rose Room {Teddy Wilson},
Satin Doll {Duke Ellington},
Should I {George Shearing},
Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing) {Jess Stacy},
Sleepy Time Gal {Mary Lou Williams},
So Rare {George Shearing},
Sophisticated Lady {Duke Ellington},
Spring Is Here {George Shearing},
Stompin' at the Savoy {Eddie Heywood},
Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All The Time) {Ed Shanaphy},
Stumbling {Teddy Wilson},
Sweet and Lovely {Teddy Wilson},
Sweet Lorraine {Ed Shanaphy},
Sweetie, Dear {Earl ``Fatha'' Hines},
Take Five {Dave Brubeck},
Taking a Chance on Love {Earl ``Fatha'' Hines},
Temptation {George Shearing},
Try a Little Tenderness {George Shearing},
Two Sleepy People {5[Thomas ``Fats'' Waller},
Wabash Blues {Art Tatum},
What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? {George Shearing},
When I Grow Too Old to Dream {Art Tatum},
When You Wore a Tulip {Teddy Wilson},
Whispering {Maurice Rocco},
Who's Sorry Now {Thomas ``Fats'' Waller},
You Are My Lucky Star {Duke Ellington},
You Showed Me the Way {Earl ``Fatha'' Hines},
You Were Meant for Me {George Shearing},
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far and away my favorite jazz piano book. Sept. 22 2011
By Sharon Isch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm always wary of anything that calls itself the "World's Best" something or other. And what drives me bats about online songbook shopping is that so often the product info offered is either non-existent or too skimpy to give you much of a clue as to what you'd be buying. I've learned the hard way that arrangement books that don't mention arrangers' names usually contain mediocre (at best) arrangements. And that collections that include the word "jazz" in their titles or marketing often turn out to be just a batch of un-jazzed up standard sheet music. The other day I went through my collection and threw a foot-high stack of books that fit such descriptions onto the "donate to library book sale" pile. But not this one.

Except for offering an "inside look" that's available to Kindle customers only, which I find hugely annoying, none of the other above grousing applies to this book. This 20-year-old treasure trove totally lives up to its name in my opinion.

For starters, its arrangers are mostly names most jazz fans will recognize and admire. 31 of its 100 songs are George Shearing arrangements ("Over the Rainbow," "Don't Blame Me." "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing," "Killing Me Softly," etc). Following is a list of most of the other big-name pianist/arrangers in this book and a sampling of the song titles associated with them.

Art Tatum: "What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry," "Wabash Blues"
Duke Ellington: "Sophisticated Lady," "Mood Indigo," "Satin Doll"
Teddy Wilson: "Blue Moon," "Sweet & Lovely"
Fats Waller: "Margie," Who's Sorry Now," "Two Sleepy People"
Earl "Fatha" Hines: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
Eddie Haywood: "Stompin' at the Savoy," "Just You, Just Me"
Bob Zurke: "If I Had You." "I'm Through With Love," "Darktown Strutters' Ball"
Stan Kenton: "Artistry in Rhythm"
Hazel Scott: "Chatanooga Choo Choo," "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue"
Dave Brubeck: "Take Five," "In Your Own Sweet Way"
Mary Lou Williams: "Sleepy Time Gal," "Lullaby in Rhythm"

A good many of the Shearing arrangements will be within the competence level of pianists at grade 3 level; the others range from somewhat more difficult to considerably more difficult. .

NOTE: At this writing, there are two different product pages for this book on Amazon...this one, which shows that it's available and offers an "inside look" but only to its Kindle version. (I can't imagine who might want to try to play a piano score from a Kindle. Turning the pages in a way that didn't interrupt continuity of play would be a real challenge, I should think.) The second product page offers no kind of "inside look" and. while labeled as not available here, has links to other sellers. Until a week or two ago, the product page for the book sold on this page mentioned "spiral binding" but I see that's disappeared. The other product page has never mentioned binding. My own copy, which I have had so long I no longer remember where it came from is not spiral bound, but if I ever find one that is, I'll grab it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very professional arrangements July 9 2010
By Jason Weber - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
You will find a lot of these songs are old classics, I think theres like only a handful of songs in here published after 1950, most of them are from the 30s and 40s. A lot of these songs were arranged by George Shearing who is a 91 year old British jazz pianist who had the honor of performing for three U.S. presidents, and we also get some older classic arrangements by Fats Waller and Art Tatum. I was impressed with how many rare songs are included in this like Jitterbug Waltz or Coming to Virginia. The way these songs are arranged, you won't be surprised that these came off the pens of the professionals, everything flows together so well, with the advanced bass lines and chords. This is not for beginners at all, these songs are even difficult for me and I am more intermediate. If you are a performer, this book would impress many people if played the way they were arranged, and the only problem I find is that lyrics are not included to most songs that have them. I can just look those up online though, so this book gives you great arrangements.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Piano Book May 5 2007
By A. Sutantyo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Valuable Piano Book! It features great song selections from George Gershwin, George Shearing, Fats Waller, Dave Brubeck,etc. The arrangements are quite challenging to play. This book could be better if it has the transcription and Chords. Still, It's a great book and one of the best one I have.

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