In honor of PMAC’s Annual Jazz Night concert “Celebrating 80 Years of Blue Note Records,” we continue our blog series that highlights some of our faculty’s favorite Blue Note albums. We kick off this week with PMAC’s Faculty Member, Mike Walsh’s pick.
“My favorite Blue Note album would be hard to choose but if necessary, to pick just one, then it would be Joe Henderson’s album “In ‘n Out.” This was the first Blue Note album I purchased, and it had a profound effect on me as a young aspiring jazz musician. I listened to this album over and over again because I loved the open sound, relaxed feel, and interesting melodies of this music. The tunes on the album got stuck in my head and made me fall in love with the what I came to know as The Blue Note Sound.
This album was my first-time hearing Elvin Jones’ drumming and McCoy Tyner’s piano playing outside of John Coltrane’s quartet. Their adventurous vibe blended well with the team of masters Joe Henderson on tenor sax and Kenny Durham on trumpet. Bassist Richard Davis is the glue that held this quintet together. Richard’s walking bass lines locked in with Elvin’s ride cymbal to crest a swinging groove that propelled the music when need yet also keep things pulled back and relaxed when called for. So many Blue Note albums could be considered a favorite but “In ‘n Out” is one I’ve come back to again and again.” – Mike Walsh
Be sure to check back next week to find out what Blue Note album makes the list!