In honor of PMAC’s Annual Jazz Night concert (March 15 & 16 at the Music Hall Loft) “Celebrating 80 Years of Blue Note Records,” we continue our blog series that highlights some of our faculty’s favorite Blue Note albums.
Chris Klaxton is next up to tell us about his favorite Blue Note Artist and Album. Once again, it has been expressed that answering the question of “what is your favorite Blue Note Album” is extremely difficult! After painful consideration, Chris selected Blue Note record “Speak No Evil” by Wayne Shorter.
“I was exposed to this record as a teenager and it set a standard for me – the sound of the production, the all star roster (Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Elvin Jones, and Freddie Hubbard), and the magical compositions. Wayne’s compositions are so thoroughly and formally solid, they can work for solo accordion, jazz combos, orchestras, and string quartets. His melodic concept is so singable, so accessible, so classical, but his harmonic concept is from the future. Wayne’s personal manner of interpreting, dispensing with, or enriching ‘jazz chord symbol nomenclature’ is the truth, and tethers The Jazz Community to time tested bona fide music theory, ancient sounds, and future sounds.” – Chris Klaxton