Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock had different approaches to copying their idols, as revealed by a portion of the program notes for a 1978 concert featuring the two artists. Corea describes “taking the creators I got attracted to, and just duplicating their art form as much as I desired—their techniques. I would consciously try to sound like them for a period.... I’d become McCoy. I’d become Herbie [Hancock].... I used to sit down with Bud Powell records and copy his solos.... [Afterwards] I used to play along with the record for hours until I couldn’t hear the difference between [myself and] the way he did it. And then I’d say, ‘Okay, I’ve got that now’ [laughs].” Hancock responds, “I never did it quite that far, not the whole solo. I’d take some little thing I liked, and work on that for hours, or even days, in the beginning.”
Thinking in Jazz, Getting Your Vocabulary Straight - Learning Models for Solo Formulation, capítulo 4, nota 11.
Paul F. Berliner