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Back in Lick #20, "Fiery Wrangler Machine", we discovered there could be serendipitous guitar luminosity lurking in the shadows of the ivory keys. Not so poetically spoken and simply put: listen to keyboard players, as they play some really cool stuff for you to gather ideas from! And, who better to play cool stuff than Herbie Hancock back in his Headhunter days? Thinking back to "Watermelon Man", where Herbie laid down some super-stinky-funky laid back 4ths behind Bennie Maupin's cool tenor melodies on a clavinet with the mute on, this lick drips with cool. As you try to get this one in the right groove, don't be surprised if you detect a little something going on here. It's the shifting of motives over by one 16th (bars 1 and 4 compared to bars 2 and 3); though subtle, that changes the feel completely.