From this point of view, we could say that the song is in the key of Bb because note 1 in my tonal sketch corresponds to the note Bb on Wayne Shorter's original recording of "Infant Eyes" from the album "Speak No Evil". I hear the opening chord of the composition as the 6- chord, followed by the 5- chord which begins the modulation to the 4 chord. I suggest that you study this chord progression in those songs first, because they provide a much simpler harmonic context in which to clearly hear this modulation.
The final chord in the first line is the 7D13b9 chord, which creates a dissonance very similar to the function of the b7D chord that appears in the analogous place in "There Will Never Be Another You". And although the notes of the 7D13b9 chord may be new to you, the overall effect that this chord gives to the line should be very familiar to you from your experience with "There Will Never Be Another You".
The difference is that here Wayne Shorter is using a much more complex sound which also appears in many other compositions by Shorter and Miles during this same period. When I listen to the recording, I hear this moment as a diminished scale of eight notes. I have sketched out this scale and indicated the notes that make up the basic four-note chord.
You may hear the harmony differently but this is the way that I would summarize what I hear and feel in this moment. The second line opens with a great sound that every advanced IFR student should take the time to study and master. It's the sound of a major chord based on the note b6 of the original key. This sound appears in many jazz standards including Jobim's "Triste", and I hear this as a lydian scale starting from the note b6.
By "lydian" I simply mean the fourth harmonic environment of the major scale. So we are taking the scale that goes with the 4 chord and we are building it in a new location. Starting from the note b6 in the drawing to the right, can you trace the intervals of the fourth harmonic environment?
This is the ability I mentioned earlier to visualize a "scale within a scale" that we need in order to comfortably see the harmonic flow of a composition like "Infant Eyes". The rest of the second line contains sounds already familiar to IFR students. The 5Dsus chord is like the 5D chord that we have been studying ever since IFR Exercise 3: Pure Harmony, except that the third of the chord note 7 is now suspended up to note 1.
The third line of the composition is a very simple harmonic device that consists of displacing an entire harmonic environment by a half step.
Then this entire system repeats itself. This half step displacement is incredibly fertile terrain for creating beautiful melodic lines. Dans ses premiers disques, on entend un peu de Jimmy Garrison, de Ray Brown. Il a beaucoup appris de Thelonious. Il y a Sacha Perry 5. Il se marient en Johnny Otis: lead, dm, vib, p, voc, comp, prod. Walter Booker, Jr. Eric Reed: cf. Nothin' But Love, Reservoir Sidewoman CD Diaz, Carnaval, Ventorillo 1 CD Discographie d'Elmo Hope par Guy Reynard.
Leader CD Final Sessions, Vol. Passion Flower. Billy Strayhorn. After the Dawn. West Side Winds. No More Regrets. Sometime Ago Sergio Mihanovich. Spotify Amazon. Infant Eyes Wayne Shorter. Yes or No Wayne Shorter.
Please activate it now then refresh this page or Contact Us for further help. How do you rate this music title overall?
Otherwise, fill the form below to post your review:. Reviews about Infant Eyes:. Clear, printabe, accurate chart. It is more important to appreciate that this remembrance came about and was delivered with obvious affection.
Hopefully Mind Wine will help others discover the joy of John Hicks' music. Learn more about our star rating system. Sponsored by Summit Records. Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar. Reset your password Click the eye to show your password. Membership has its privileges. Learn more. Showcase Buy Now. Featured Albums.Single Petal of a Rose - John Hicks, piano; Elise Woods, flute; Walter Booker, bass; Jack Walrath, trumpet - Mapleshade Jazz flute is one of my favorite things, even if played in a rather workmanlike manner. However, that's certainly not the situation with Woods - she's not a classical flutist who lets her hair down once in a while.