I find it difficult to learn Jazz improvisation (in my case for piano), partly because the written out full score are hard to find, so I may study, compare, and imitate. Many canonical pieces can be found on Youtube, but (aside from being illegal) it is harder to listen than to read music. I often take a look in local music score-selling bookstore, but have not find any. The closest I have found, in addition to real books and its alike, are rough transcriptions of solo piano of Jazz pieces.

Can you recommend some transcribed full score of any standard Jazz repertoire (like those in the Real Book)? I mean, every voice is written in minute detail, including articulation, dynamic, and solo passages, required as in any "classical music" piece. I am not asking the sheet music of Real book melody. I am asking the full score of every instrument in the ensemble, including every note they have played (in present substantiation of course).

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    One of the main points of playing jazz is that the piece is fresh and different from any other time it's played. So it would have to be a transcription, which a student may do as an exercise, but not many others would want to do. That apart, it's not part of the remit of this site to find transcriptions or songs. – Tim Jun 1 '17 at 7:26
  • I see. Nevertheless, is asking for transcription not an example of asking learning resource in general? – Violapterin Jun 1 '17 at 7:42
  • " it is harder to listen than to read music" You learned you native language simply by listening, not by reading it. There is no reason why you can't do the same for music - except you prefer trying to find an "easier way" which doesn't exist. If somebody else can transcribe "every voice in minute detail", so can you. All it takes is practice! BTW there is nothing "illegal" about transcribing music from an audio recording, so long as you don't try to sell the written transcription without permission - which is part of the reason you can't find many "detailed" transcriptions to buy. – user19146 Jun 1 '17 at 7:45

A lot of jazz performance is improvised or improvisational in nature, meaning that it's made up or altered on the spot. As such, a full score is probably never going to match any (good) performance of a piece.

Sometimes though pieces will be transcribed after a performance, particularly if it's a popular recording of a popular piece that's been sold as a single or album. These will usually contain a transcription and possible re-arrangement (to suit whatever instruments the score's aimed at) of any improvisational elements, including solos, fill-ins, and so on. My only advice here is to keep looking, maybe try and find out online if a particular piece was published as a transcription and then see if you can find a copy.

But a lot of jazz performance is still improvisational. My advice would be to listen to more performances, and try to pick out particular elements. What gives a section a particular feel? Is it a riff? Is it a fill-in? If you're able to find a lead sheet for a piece, try to copy these little details by ear in your performance of the piece, and over time you will build up a repertoire of such embellishments that you can adapt and apply to other pieces.


a google search for "jazz standards arranged for piano" came up with lots of answers, including



If you go to the site above, you will find that a filter on instrument = "solo piano", Genre = Jazz comes up with > 6500 answers.

(Disclaimer: I have no business link with that site)

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