Stevie Wonder’s Famous Line from “Sir Duke” Pt. 2 (LOTW #180)

Stevie Wonder's Famous Line from "Sir Duke"

“Sir Duke” is a tune off of Stevie Wonders iconic album, “Songs in the Key of Life” (1976). He wrote it in homage to one of his great jazz influences, Duke Ellington. This week’s LOTW features the second half of the line in its completion. Check it out! https://youtu.be/PmYX04TN6uE CLICK HERE TO GET A TRANSCRIPTION […]

Stevie Wonder’s Famous Line from “Sir Duke” Pt. 1 (LOTW #179)

Learn Stevie Wonder's Famous Line from "Sir Duke"

“Sir Duke” is a tune off of Stevie Wonders iconic album, “Songs in the Key of Life” (1976). He wrote it in homage to one of his great jazz influences, Duke Ellington. This soli line one minute into the song is infamous among horn players, and uses some hip pentatonic language. Check it out! https://youtu.be/_QltxXyKvS8 […]

Herbie’s Minor Third Lick from “Dolphin Dance” (LOTW #178)

Learn Herbie's Minor Third Lick from "Dolphin Dance"

Herbie Hancock is known as one of the great innovators of jazz piano. In honor of his 80th birthday last week, we’ve got a lick this week from his iconic record “Maiden Voyage” (1965). He introduces his solo with this ascending minor third idea on what would become a jazz standard tune of his, “Dolphin […]

Bill Evans Swings this Opening Melodic Sequence from “Waltz for Debby” (LOTW #175)

Bill Evans swings this opening melodic sequence

On one of his most iconic trio tunes,”Waltz for Debby,” Bill Evans takes a left turn from the ordinary waltz and goes into 4/4 meter after the first chorus! Check out this week’s lick as Bill opens his solo with a beautiful melodic sequence, demonstrating quintessential characteristics of his own style improvisation. The rest of […]

Bud Powell Shows How It’s Done on “Parisian Thoroughfare” (LOTW #174)

Watch as Bud Powell Shows How Its Done on "Parisian Thoroughfare"

Bud Powell was the originator of Bebop piano playing. Watch as he shows how he masterfully plays changes in this excerpt from his trademark tune, “Parisian Thoroughfare.” CLICK HERE TO GET A TRANSCRIPTION OF THE LICK If you have questions or suggestions for a Lick Of The Week you would like us to do, please […]

Cedar Walton “Clockwise” Riff (LOTW #173)

Learn Cedar Walton's "Clockwise" Riff

Check out the opening riff from Cedar Walton’s renowned composition,”Clockwise.” After ascending up an E major triad, he goes back down by way of a C major seventh sound. Dig this, and develop your own compositional ideas! CLICK HERE TO GET A TRANSCRIPTION OF THE LICK If you have questions or suggestions for a Lick […]

Oscar Plays the Blues On “Love For Sale” (LOTW #172)

Learn how Oscar Plays the Blues on "Love for Sale"

We love Oscar Peterson for his ability to play beautiful lines over chord changes, but most of all for his bluesy solo ideas! Check out this passage from “Love For Sale” off of the album Oscar Peterson Plays the Cole Porter Songbook, it ain’t nothin’ but the blues!! CLICK HERE TO GET A TRANSCRIPTION OF […]