Nir Felder Transcription, Lick from “Principle”
Nir is one of my favorite players right now, and snakey chromatic lines like this are his calling card. A harmonic analysis would be pointless here. I’d file a line like this under what Tim Miller would call “Chromatic Density” playing – these are the moments when players ignore the harmonic framework of a tune and just plays stuff because it sounds good. What is of note is Nir’s use of triads – major, minor, and especially augmented. The line occurs over a piano/bass ostinato pattern that leaps to a distant key at measure 6; if I had to put some chords to this I might say that the first 5 bars are over Fm7 and the last 7 bars are over Emaj7.
I couldn’t find a link to this song online, so unless you have the album you’ll have to make do witha cheesy ol’ MIDI clip.. Doesn’t do it justice of course; one of the cool things about listening to Nir’s playing is where he places his accents.