Every once in a while I come across a solo that just overwhelms me, to the point where I have to stop whatever i'm doing and figure it out. How is it that in a world where we are constantly presented and showered with an endless variety of music, something stands out, grips you and demands you pay attention to it? I tried to trace the source of this solo and what made it so compelling to me, so that I can try and create music that has that grabbing quality and that makes people stop what they're doing and listen. Maybe its not in the content; maybe its the feeling from which this music emerged that has the power to draw the listeners in, to stand out from the mundane and familiar musical landscape. Below is the original recording by Miles Davis from the album Live around the world. The track is called Wrinkle and it features one of Miles's keyboard players, Kei Akagi, in a wonderful solo. One of my greatest teachers and mentors, Adam Holzman, who is another wonderful keyboard player from the same band and is on the same album, told me he loves this solo and gives credit to Kei for using the melody in such a playful and idiomatic way. I included a transcription and a video of Kei's solo, Hope you enjoy this and hopefully learn and recreate the same compelling feeling!