ExAmpLE larry carlton style solo
[Bars 1- 4] the chord progression of gm7 to C9 can be seen as a II V in F major. As the intro to the tune, a simple but effective gm blues scale lick (g Bb C Db D F) is played to whet the listener’s appetite. [Bars 5-10] this is the first part of the main theme, or ‘head’. the tune is simple, but it closely follows the chord progression. over the gm7, the opening phrase uses the notes of a gm arpeggio (g Bb D) but incorporates the major 2nd (A note) to make for a sweet line. the phrase tails off with the notes C to Bb from gm pentatonic (g Bb C D F). the second phrase starts like the first, but marks the Am7 by playing a C major triad (C E g). this implies the sound of the Am7 because C is the b3rd of A, E is the and g is the b7th. the last note of the phrase is an Eb. play it on its own and it’s weird! Listen to it over the Bb11 and you hear that it’s the 11th of that chord. the same gm based motif as before, played over the next gm7, leads into a Bb7 arpeggio over the Bb13 chord. this acts as the V chord of the Ebmaj7 that follows. [Bars 11-14] this unusual progression can be seen as three lots of IV- I progressions in Bb, Ab, and gb, followed by a minor II V (Am7b5 to D7#9) in gm. the melody implies Bb major scale (Bb C D Eb F g A), Ab major (Ab Bb C Db Eb F g) and gb major (gb Ab Bb Cb Db Eb F).