Herbie Hancock is one of the greatest living improvisers…
From his work with the great Miles Davis Quintet to his own musical explorations, he has spent decades evolving and pushing musical boundaries.
But the thing that stands out most is his ability to craft a musical moment for the listener. To transport them out of their daily routine and expectations and into the music itself.
This is the mark of a master musician in any style of music. The ability to create magic with the simplest of tools – rhythm, harmony and melodic statements.
Transcending the details of notes and scales to create a musical message on the spot. And this is a skill that you should start thinking about in your own playing.
For the best players, every solo is an opportunity to create a new musical idea. To make a statement, to interact with other musicians, and to see where the music will go in that split-second…
Remember, not every solo has to be full of double time lines, memorized licks, and theory devices. The secret of a great solo lies creating music in the moment.
Herbie Hancock’s solo on Ceora:
A masterful example of this concept is Herbie Hancock’s solo on Ceora from the Lee Morgan album Cornbread.
Take a listen below (the solo starts at 4:05):
The chord progression to the tune is relatively simple – 32 bars in the key of Ab…
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