Herbie Hancock on Infant Eyes

The excerpt above is a transcription of Herbie’s short solo on the A section, right before Wayne Shorter states two thirds of the closing melody, coming in on the bridge (B) and going into the final A and coda. The inspired introduction is another spot in this version where the piano is featured. Listen closely to the form throughout: A (9 measures), B (9 measures), A (9 measures). That’s three sections of nine measures each. Cool, unusual, and reminiscent of Nikola Tesla’s obsession with 3, 6, and 9 (numbers often seen as representing the non-physical realm). I’m guessing “Infant Eyes” is certainly a tune the genius inventor would have thoroughly enjoyed…

References

Shorter, Wayne. Speak no Evil. Blue Note/Decca 744042. 2021 (originally released in 1966, recorded 1964).


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