Under the impression
March 16, 2023

Adam Neely: The mesmerizing harmony of Wayne Shorter

Music theorist Adam Neely in his latest video is paying homage to jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter, who recently passed away. The YouTuber analyses his favorite shorter song 'Infant Eyes' and the style of "jazz impressionism" he hears there. Neely builds three pillars of Shorter's compositional style:

Impressionistic harmony that creates tonal ambiguity

Elegant melodic construction that invites improvisation

Deep use of the blues