Yesterday I received my copy of The Standards Real Book. Particularly since it was published twenty years ago, I recognize that I’m a little late to the party; however for the last ten years or so, I’ve been playing from various fake books, lead sheets, etc. and this book is (pun intended) hands down the best fake book I’ve ever used. It’s cleanly printed in a readable size and font. It has a big spiral binding that lays flat. It contains the best selection of Gershwin and Porter I’ve seen anywhere. It includes all lyrics AND the verses. It includes some jazzy pop tunes by Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Leonard Russell. You can get it on the Sher Music website; or (of course) new or used from Amazon. Check it out.
@wendy, I had to write and agree 100%!
I have gone through numerous real books, always realizing all the mistakes and questionable chord choices, and ending up transcribing myself what I needed, but this one has been correct every time!
Also one great thing in The Standards Real Book is that it has the ‘original’ changes (the ones that the composer actually meant) from the broadway show/ movie. Those are very interesting to check out, and compare to the changes we all play now. Jazz era has changed the way we play these songs, and you will be amazed to see what are the actual original chords. For example, check out ‘It Never Entered My Mind’ from the Standards Real Book.
Fun fact question: What is the original first chord of ‘Stella By Starlight’?