Jazz Piano Lick Of The Day #86 – Benny Green – “Wiggin'” (From the album “That’s Right!”)

As you might begin to see there are similarities that exist in Benny’s Lines. He loves to use the #11 over dominants to approach the 5. For example in measure one he jumps back to the F#, to approach the 5th of C. He also use the #11 in measure 3 to approach the 5th of Db, the note Ab.

The other thing he likes to do is use the bebop scale passing tone in between the 1 and the b7. He uses this in measure 4, going from the Db to the B natural to the Bb. This gives such a nice sound to lines and makes sure you chord tones continue to line up on down beats to reflect the harmonies.


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