Month: October 2013

My Ideal – Kenny Kirkland

Below is a transcription of Kenny Kirkland’s piano solo on “My Ideal” off Wynton Marsalis’ album Think of One.  Good stuff!

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Herbie Hancock – Embraceable You

Below is a rough transcription of Herbie Hancock’s solo performance of “Embraceable You” from his Gershwin tribute album Gershwin’s World.  With this transcription, I was more interested in the harmonic content of Herbie’s playing rather than an exact rhythmic transcription.  Plus, I feel that it is more legible in this rough form considering how freely Herbie is interpreting the pulse.  There is a ton of ridiculous harmonic stuff going on here, but I think my favorite is the movement from bars 1-2, going from G major to E flat minor (major 7th) – it’s just a beautiful sound.  See the video below – the fun starts at 1:02:43.

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Jerry Bergonzi – Small Pleasures – Days of Wine and Roses Contrafact

Below is a transcription of the Jerry Bergonzi tune “Small Pleasures” from the CD “The Line Between”.  The tune is a contrafact of the Henry Mancini / Johnny Mercer tune “The Days of Wine and Roses”.


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Jerry Bergonzi – Three Points Shot – In Your Own Sweet Way contrafact

Below is a transcription of the Jerry Bergonzi tune “Three Points Shot” off his trio record “Three Point Shot”.  The tune is a contrafact to the Dave Brubeck tune “In Your Own Sweet Way”.

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