Monthly Archives: November 2013

King Cobra

Here’s a hypnotic Herbie Hancock composition from his 1963 record My Point of View.  As you can see, there is barely any melody, the chord changes are the focal point of the song (and in my opinion the whole album). This lead sheet contains only the trumpet line, the tenor and trombone harmonies are in the score below.

King Cobra 1


King Cobra 2

King Cobra score


A friend recently gave me the album The Ultimate by Elvin Jones, featuring Joe Farrell and Jimmy Garrison.  All three shine in their solo spots and sound cohesive when improvising as a unit.  Jimmy Garrison’s rhythmic sense and sympathetic ear make him a sublime accompanist; he serves the group before his own ego.  Yet it’s this same sublimation that leads to his being overlooked as a great bassist.  It’s nice to hear Jimmy given more space as a composer and soloist on this record.  Here’s one of his tunes:


Beyond All Limits

Here’s a burner from Larry Young’s album Unity, which features three of my favorite Woody Shaw compositions, and some of my favorite Elvin Jones.  I was learning this for a gig recently and realized the first 4 bars in my real book didn’t match Larry’s bassline, so I wrote it out the way I would rather walk over the changes.