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The Real Cool Book

14 Transcribed Octet Charts of West Coast, 'Cool Jazz' Classics!

  • EIGHT SEPARATE BOOKS, in one big binder, for each of the following players, transposed to their keys: Piano — Bass — Drums — Trombone — Trumpet — Alto Sax — Tenor Sax — Baritone Sax
  • DOWNLOADABLE HORN PARTS in other keys, so that the charts can be played by groups with different instrumentation. See Downloads button to the right.
  • COMPLETE SCORES for band directors also available for download sometime in December 2012
  • LISTEN FOR FREE! - Audio versions of at least a portion of each song are at the bottom of this page.
  • AUDIENCE-FRIENDLY! - Even people unfamiliar with jazz get caught up in the happy, positive feeling of these swinging, 'cool jazz' arrangements.
  • DON'T HAVE AN OCTET? - Start one! Perfect for professional-level, college, or good high school groups.
  • 468 pages total - $88 (The most fun you can have for $11 apiece!)



  • BERNIE'S TUNE - Super-Sax type arrangement of a classic Chet Baker/Gerry Mulligan recording
  • BOPLICITY - transcribed from the classic Miles Davis recording Birth of the Cool
  • DANCE FOR DADDY - a wonderful Marty Paich arrangement, as recorded by the Dave Pell Octet
  • ELLINGTONESQUE - a gorgeous tribute to Duke, from the pen of Lennie Niehaus
  • JAVA JUNCTION - the quintessential cool jazz chart, as recorded by the Dave Pell Octet
  • MIKE'S PEAK - a swinging Shorty Rogers classic, as played by the Dave Pell Octet
  • ROCKER - transcribed from the classic Miles Davis recording Birth of the Cool
  • WALKIN' SHOES - one of Gerry Mulligan's most famous tunes, arranged for octet
  • WESTWOOD WALK - another happy, swinging Gerry Mulligan original
  • YOU'RE MY EVERYTHING - Marty Paich's ebullient arrangement of the Harry Warren standard