1/27/08

Master Fake Book Index

Ever wanted to find an obscure tune and had to dig through a pile of fake books before you found it? That will never happen again if you use the Master Fake Book Index. This handy PDF document has the location information for over 5000 Jazz tunes. You'll find out which book or books each tune is in along with the exact page number. Pretty cool, eh?

Master Fake Book Index

8 comments:

Ward said...

Andy Robinson (designer of Transcribe! for Windows) has a fantastic online real book database. It makes searching very easy. http://www.seventhstring.co.uk/fbindex.html

mattmclean024 said...

Hi.
Is Graham Nash's "Think of One" available somewhere.
I'm trying to find a chart for "Love Thy Neighbor" which is not in the LTD book.
Thanks SO much!
matt

mattmclean024 said...

Hi.
Is Graham Nash's "Think of One" available somewhere.
I'm trying to find a chart for "Love Thy Neighbor" which is not in the LTD book.
Thanks SO much!
matt

David Carlos Valdez said...

Being one of the many 'non-legal' fake books you won't find it openly available.

I looked him up and I think his phone number may be: (510) 215-8668

His book is has the hippest tunes of any fake book by far. He's also a great player and composer. Many of his own tunes are in the book as well. He hired me for one of his studio recording sessions one time and all his charts were killer.

Sassy said...

Effing. Brilliant.

Sassy said...

And furthermore, thanks!

Ade said...

Thanks again David. Very useful. Ade

Xmas Mul'Herin said...

This index is the work of one of the finest semi-pro trumpeters I've ever had the pleasure to work with, John Magyari (Hungarian), whose day gig revolves around programing map data. He grew up playing w/ the Marsalis family in N'Orleans and was the only white kid ever accepted to play under the direction of their all black college band leader.

He had such a solid Delta swing that it was hard for him to shake it off when we both began approaching Latin Jazz together, particularly on solos. But he's such a dedicated player that he sought out and cataloged every Latin soloist that he could find and before long he was not only nailing legit-timed lines, but he was also mastering the solo phrasing that was unique to the genre.

This index began as another rehearsal tool to share with his band-mates, formed specifically to correlate the various lead sheet versions of a given song among the many play-along book/CD's out there, mostly Aebersold publications/releases.

Although John can read well, he's an avid proponent of learning by ear not just the notes but everything about their articulation, rhythm, dynamics and melodic/harmonic context through deep listening. He would even investigate whatever he could about how the rhythm section fit together by learning their various parts on congas, etc.

A high point for us was when I had the opportunity to introduce him to his biggest band arrangement idol, Maria Schneider. His wife and I agreed that he was pretty cute as a gushing fan, but I really hope that by now he's given up his day-gig and gone pro. He's another one of those guys we run into now and then who can strive so hard for perfection that they may never seem to register how truly great their performances are.

I'll have to share your wonderful blog resource with him, as he'll go nuts for it.