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Re: Soloing over Cantaloupe Island - Herbie Hancock
7/30/2007 5:56 AM
Jon Riley (9697) wrote:
This is a kind of twisted blues, IMO.
As has been pointed out, the C#7 is really Db7 (important to get one's enharmonics right ;-) ).
Db is the normal bVI chord of the key (Fm), and a dom7 version is often substituted for the iv (Bbm) in a minor blues in jazz.
I use F blues scale over the Db7, it sounds great (IOW, same scale I would use on the Fm7). You need to avoid the C, but the F-Ab-Bb-Cb-Eb all fit perfectly - and it sounds to me like that's how it's supposed to sound.
The b7 of Db7 (Cb) is the b5 of F blues. That's why it works.
The Dm7, OTOH, is a typical Herbie Hancock modal chord, stuck in where we might expect (in blues mode) to find a V chord.
Many scales would fit here.
D phrygian (D-Eb-F-G-Ab-Bb-C) is closest to the home key - in fact, that's the scale suggested by the melody at this point, which uses the notes C-Eb-A.
But it's also worth trying D aeolian and even D dorian, to really highlight the out-of-key nature of the chord.