Herbie Hancock Sidestepping Post-Bop Lines (LOTW #139)

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Listen to Herbie do his thing on his fourth album as a leader, “Empyrean Isles.” This tune “One Finger Snap” would later go on to become a jazz standard.

After some more conventional bop playing, Herbie takes it outside in the last two measures of this lick with his signature “sidestepping” technique. This piece of the solo will leave you saying, “where did that come from!?”

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Happy Practicing!

Sterling Cozza

Sterling Cozza

4 Responses

  1. Just curious on the 4th measure is the harmony still on the C13? what he is playing very much outlines the Eb sus.

    1. It’s very “outside” the harmony, so you could literally give justification for the notes for really any chord lol

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