On his original tune “Matrix,” Chick Corea burns through this blues chorus with unique flair and creativity at a blistering tempo. He begins with some F suspended vocabulary which is reminiscent of McCoy Tyner, one of his major influences. He ascends dramatically to the top of the keyboard, and returns down to Earth to burn through the rest of the … Read More
There is one and only one McCoy Tyner, and this lick from his seminole album The Real McCoy (1967) brings home the point. Check how he rips through different pentatonic sounds over the F pedal on his tune “Passion Dance.”
Red Garland begins a chorus of the classic standard “If I Were a Bell” with his signature blues lick. Watch out, he throws in a three beat hemiola at the end of the phrase to keep us guessing!
Here is Wynton Kelly’s trio rendition of the classic tune “On Green Dolphin Street.” Listen how he navigates the changes in a unique way with some of his own quintessential hard bop vocabulary.
Check out these tasty blues-infused lines from Brad’s version of “Blackbird.” He takes this popular hit from the Beatles and puts his own modern spin on it on his iconic album, “Art of the Trio.”
Usually we all want to learn cool, hip sounding voicings right?! Trust me, I’ve been there. But unfortunately these one off voicings don’t do much for our education. It’s like someone giving us a fish instead of TEACHING us HOW to fish. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather learn HOW to fish. This episode will give … Read More
As jazz pianists, we can’t always be burning or pulling out crazy licks. Sometimes the hottest lines are beautiful melodies! Check out Keith Jarrett playing “Someday My Prince Will Come” at a live concert in France from 2002. He sequences melodic material through the changes in a way that melts the hearts of his audience.
Taylor Eigsti rips through some changes on his arrangement of the standard tune, “I Love You” for his album Let It Come to You. The line begins with a chromatic enclosure around a Bb and ascends through some melodic minor modes. Where some people would place a conventional 3625 progression, he sidesteps downwards with a sequence of pentatonic shapes that … Read More
Check out this explosive chorus from Bill Evans on his minor blues tune, “Israel.” He busts out of the gate with a decisive gesture and follows up with some of his signature minor vocabulary. Watch out for his use of chromaticism and the tricky diminished lines sprinkled throughout.
Herbie Hancock executes slippery chromatic lines over the tune “There is No Greater Love.” His accented offbeats lie deep in the pocket of Tony Williams and Ron Carter. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out the slaying triplet passage in the second half of this solo.