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!
Below is a transcription of Kenny Kirkland’s solo on “Mr. J.C.” from Kenny Kirkland’s 1991 self-titled release. The entire CD is incredible, but Kenny’s solo is burnin. My favorites – Measures 47-49, the sideslip to B Major in measure 53, and the superimposed 7 in bars 166-177.
Hear the tune at: https://myspace.com/kennykirkland/music/song/mr.-j.-c.-228602-239429
Below is a transcription of Kenny Kirkland’s solo on “Delfeayo’s Dilemma” from Wynton Marsalis’ fantastic album Black Codes From The Underground. The solo starts at 4:27. The lick from measure 30-31 is the same one from the Ana Maria solo. The lick in measure 74-75 is a nice minor pentatonic sound, but with scale degrees 1, 2, b3, 4, 5, and 6 instead of b7.
Below is a transcription of Kenny Kirkland’s solo on “Ana Maria”. There’s a video on YouTube, but don’t ask me why the video is of a person driving a car. Kenny’s lick from measure 118-119 is one of my favorite Kenny licks. It really implies a GMaj7(#11) sound, but it also works over an Emin7 or an A7 chord. Enjoy!