Herbie Hancock on "One Finger Snap" + A Horizontal Search: Year 2

It's been a while since I've posted any solos, but now that Herbie's been giving the Norton Lectures at Harvard, I was reminded to revisit a solo I'd transcribed a while back but forgotten about. This is from the alternate take of "One Finger Snap" from Empyrean Isles (1964), which is noticeably brighter than the master take and a little more rough around the edges. Freddie's solo on this take is brilliant; the interplay within the band is raw and deeply engaging throughout. This is Herbie's brief second solo statement after Freddie's solo and before Tony's. Check it out:


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It's hard to believe that it's already been another year. Thanks, everybody, for continuing to read and share your thoughts on this blog. I mentioned last year around this time that I was hoping to try to write more thoughts about music rather than just post transcriptions all the time, and I think that I've made some progress towards that goal in the past twelve months. Interestingly, the most-read posts of the past year have been transcriptions, so I'd say my writing probably still has some ways to go, but then again, it's hard to compete with Coleman Hawkins and Joe Henderson. 

Most Viewed Posts of 2013
  1. Joe Henderson on "Isotope"
  2. Coleman Hawkins on "Body and Soul"
  3. Bill Evans on "Witchcraft" + Hank Jones on "Confirmation"
  4. Bud Powell on "Cherokee"
  5. Joe Henderson on "No More Blues"

In the past year, I also wrote a regular column for The Harvard Crimson's Arts section last spring on jazz called "Flirting with Coherence," and started editing and writing for Jazz Speaks, the blog of The Jazz Gallery in New York City. Maybe my goal for this year will be to share more of my own musical interests and more of my own music, but we'll see how that goes. Here's to another year of searching! Thanks for reading.