Here’s a great video of Kenny Garrett playing a solo on the tune Human Nature. He’s playing with Miles Davis in Paris. I remember getting this video in the early 90’s. I never heard of Kenny Garrett before and this solo blew me away. I must have watched it a thousand times. I would play my alto along with him and probably annoy the tar out of all my neighbors at the time.
While watching the video, I started sitting down. Then a chorus later, I stood up. Then a chorus later, I started pacing. Then a couple of choruses later, I said “No way!”. Then a minute later, I started running my fingers through my hair mumbling “What is this?” Then 30 seconds later, I started jumping up and down as I couldn’t hold the excitement in…..
Now almost 30 years later I still have that feeling when I listen to this! I loved how the band and Mr. Garrett build the energy during his solo. I had never heard anything like that before. I remember feeling that energy and feeling like that was the way I wanted to play a solo. This video motivated many many practice sessions back then! I hope you like it as much as I did and still do. If this is your first time watching it then strap yourself in…………..
…also, I love Miles’s look at the 4:50 minute mark. He looks right at the camera and the look says “Now that’s the s***!”
There is also a great transcription of this solo at Harderbop.com if you want to check out exactly what Kenny Garrett is playing here. Thanks to Kelly Bucheger for spending the time transcribing this!!