Hello again – below is a transcription of Kenny Kirkland’s piano solo on Wayne Shorter’s tune “Black Nile” as played on Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts’ 1993 trio album “Megawatts”. It’s full of great Kenny-isms. Bars 25-26 have a descending scalar pattern that Kenny was fond of, bar 34 and bar 142 have a diminished lick that Kenny tends to play, bar 46 has THE Kenny diminished lick, bar 60 has a 4ths-based shape that Kenny often played, bars 73-74 has a similar scalar pattern, only ascending instead of descending; the scalar pattern also appears in bars 119-123. Enjoy!
Hey again – still currently on a Kenny Kirkland kick, so here’s more Kenny. This solo was played on a bootleg recording of the Branford Marsalis quartet at the Bottom Line in New York city on September 24, 1988. The tune is an original of Kenny’s and he’s killin’ it. Check out the infamous Kenny diminished lick (bar 9, beats 2-3). Enjoy!
Below is a transcription of Kenny Kirkland’s piano solo on the tune “You and the Night and the Music” from Jeff “Tain” Watts’ trio album Megawatts. Here’s the track (sorry, couldn’t find a full version). The album is fantastic and has a great version of Wayne Shorter’s “Black Nile” as well
Below is a transcription of Kenny Kirkland’s piano solo on Wayne Shorter’s tune “Yes or No” from the great Branford Marsalis album Random Abstract. This solo is full of great Kenny-isms. Bars 27, 72, and 157 have a triad pair lick that Kenny was fond of, bar 35 has the diminished lick Kenny often played, and the solo is full of superimposed meters, which Kenny often did – check out the superimposed 6 over 4 in bars 43-47, 5 over 4 in bars 87-93 and 174-180, and 3 over 4 in bars 113-123 and 143-147. Tons of great stuff in this solo. Check out the whole track here. Enjoy!