Wynton Kelly – Kelly Blue (Pt. 1, From the album “Kelly Blue”) [LOTW #55]

Another great one by Wynton Kelly. I just can’t get enough of him. Besides his melodic content, his swing and rhythmic feel is top notch. If there is any groove for you to mimic with your eighth notes, it is definitely Wynton Kelly’s.

This line is a two measure approach into the 2 chord of a blues. In this case the blues is in Bb, so we have the I chord going to VI chord going to the II chord.

Notice how he starts with an approach note on the downbeat of beat 1 and then outlines a Bb triad down to the fifth to resolve. He approaches the fifth of the G7 chord with a quick 16th note triplet which I love. Really spend some time with this ornamental approach as it will add a lot of flavor to your playing.

Over the G7 chord he walks down to the third, then skips to the b9 and begins his triplet run down into the fifth of the C-7 chord.

Another great blues line here by Wynton Kelly.

Points for practicing this lick:

  • Can start lines on approach notes
  • Spend time with the 16th note triplet ornamental approach
  • Over dominants, playing the major third to the b9 to the 1 is a very common bebop movement


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