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Herbie Hancock’s Spank a Lee Transcription by Andreas Farmakalidis

Meet Andreas Farmakalidis –

We are well into the 21st century and “Thrust”, by Headhunters, still impresses the new generations of musicians. This Jazz fusion album was released in 1974 by Columbia records. On this album, we can perceive influences of jazz, rock,funk, soul as well as African Rhythms. Hopefully, after a few years we can see the same innovation, modernism and creativity taking place in this century!

“Spank-A-Lee”: I can only describe this track with only one word. Groove. Mike Clark and Paul Jackson create a steady polymetric funk beat. This beat, is supported by Herbie Hancocks’ funky keyboard comping, as well as, simple, straightforward melodic lines.

Paul Jackson’s Jaco Pastorius-like bass playing and the cooperation with Mike Clark and Herbie Hancock create an inspiring solo base for Bennie Maupin’s tenor saxophone. The rhythm, improvisation and feeling inspire many young musicians nowadays and hopefully will do the same in the future.

The transcription is the main groove of the track. Enjoy!


Andreas Farmakalidis

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