George Gershwin

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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