Transcription of Chick Corea’s piano solo on Morning Sprite, with brief analysis
Morning Sprite is one of my favourite Chick Corea’s composition, for his acoustic trio. Here’s a live video of Chick Corea’s Akoustic Band performing Morning Sprite on youtube.
Chick Corea’s improvised piano solo in this clip is nothing short of amazing. Here’s the transcription I did on the piano solo part only, in the usual PDF format.
Quartal chords are very useful tools, not just for voicings purposes, but also during jazz solo improvisation.
First, lets see the choices of quartal chords available over an A dorian harmony.
We can see that for a harmony based on a certain dorian scale, there will be 5 sets of quartals available to us.
Here’s an example of the master Chick Corea applying quartals in his solo.
Observe bar 53 of the transcription.
The quartal observed here, over an F#m7, is equivalent to the second quartal for the A dorian example shown earlier.
Observe also bar 146 of the transcription.
The quartal observed here, over a G#m7 is equivalent to the third quartal for the A dorian example shown earlier.
Every jazz musicians should practise using these 5 quartals, until he/she is comfortable applying them over any set of dorian harmony.
Enjoy and have fun ……. 😀