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Corey Kendrick Trio Album out 6/19/16 – shameless plug

So I try not to be too self-promotional on this site and stick mainly to transcriptions and musical matters, but I can’t help myself – I’m very excited.  My debut album, Rootless, is now available for pre-order via bandcamp with official release date of 6/19/16.

The album is also available at Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, YouTube ,etc. (I’ll update links as they become available).

If you’re in the Midwest, the Corey Kendrick Trio will be out touring this summer, playing at:

6/19/16 – Redstone Room – Davenport, IA – 6-8pm
6/19/16 – Rozz-Tox – Rock Island, IL
6/23/16 – Phog Lounge – Windsor, Ontario, CA
6/25/16 – Mexicains Sans Frontiers – Grand Rapids, MI
6/28/16 – Moriarity’s – Lansing, MI – 7-10pm
7/20/16 – Bop Stop – Cleveland, OH
8/26/16 – Kerrytown Concert House – Ann Arbor, MI

I’m still working on some more potential bookings, so an up-to-date listing of gigs is available at http://coreykendrick.com/events/

I hope you’ll check out the music and let me know what you think!

End of shameless plug.

Thanks,
Corey

Altered Rootless ii-V-I 4-Note Piano Voicings

The most common alterations you’ll find on the ii-V-I progression will be over the Dominant (V7) chord.  With only slight alterations to the rootless 4-note voicings previously posted, we can cover a number of common Altered Dominants, including V7(b9, 13), V7(9, b13), and V7(b9b13).  Maybe in a later post I’ll address some improvisation options over these various alterations, but for the time being, start to experiment by substituting these alterations into your major ii-V-I’s.  Check out both inversions of each alteration – the voicings sound a little different with the altered note on the top of the voicing or with the altered voice in the middle of the voicing.  And you can use the Drop-2 technique to quickly and easily turn these into two-handed voicings.

Drop 2 Major ii-V-I Piano Voicings

Using the Drop 2 technique, it’s fairly straightforward to turn the 4-note rootless LH ii-V-I voicings posted earlier into two-handed, open voicings that are great for comping behind a soloist.  Below is a PDF showing four-note, Drop 2 voicings through all 12 in two inversions.  Though all the keys are shown in the PDF, it’s good practice to try to generate the voicings yourself, without having to look at the sheet for all the keys.  Also, even though the voicings provided on the sheet are for ii-V-I’s whose key centers are related by descending whole steps (C, Bb, Ab, etc.), it is also good to practice different key center relationships, i.e. the circle of fourths, descending half steps, randomly, etc.  And it is very important to start getting some practical application as soon as possible by applying the voicings to tune you are currently practicing.

Freddie Hubbard – Birdlike solo transcription

Below is a transcription of Freddie Hubbard’s trumpet solo on “Birdlike” as played on the 1961 Freddie Hubbard album “Ready For Freddie.”  Brian Lynch was talking about this solo at a masterclass a few weeks back, particularly about the value of taking the 2nd chorus through all 12 keys since it’s got so much language in it, so I thought I’d rip the solo.  I was struck by how often Freddie uses natural sevenths over dominant seventh chords – lots of E naturals on F7’s and A naturals on Bb7’s.  Enjoy!

The solo is also available in Bb here.

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Au Privave – Jimmy Smith Organ Solo Transcription

Below is a transcription of Jimmy Smith’s 13-chorus organ solo on the Charlie Parker F blues tune “Au Privave”. As played on the 1958 Jimmy Smith album “House Party.”  Solo starts about 0:44 into the track.  There is hardly a 3rd that is un-grace noted.  Super funky.

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The Champ – Joey DeFrancesco Organ Solo Transcription

Christmas break!  Finally getting some time to post some more stuff.  Below is a transcription of Joey DeFrancesco’s organ solo on the F blues tune “The Champ” as played on the 1999 Joey DeFrancesco album “Incredible.”  All 30 choruses.  Enjoy!

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