Jimmy Herring’s Celestial Clusters

One way jam genius Jimmy Herring liberates himself as a soloist is by setting up harmonically ambiguous chordal backdrops such as this shimmering tapestry he wrote in the key of E minor—or is it in E major? Either way, you might want to warm up a bit before playing through this example, because while the droning E pedal tone is easy to generate, the fretted grips may stretch your ligaments to their limits. (Dig those clangorous minor seconds in the first E7#9, the first A13/E, and E13!)