Blue Shades (1996)
Blue Shades was commissioned by the Yale Concert Band, as a member of a commissioning consortium of thirty college and high school concert bands. The title refers loosely to the hip sartorial stereotype of the jazz musician, shades (sunglasses). The “shades” could indeed be of “blue” glass, or rather, the adjective in the title could refer to the style and harmonic language of the composition, namely, that of the blues. Then again, the expected and obvious sounds of the blues could be hidden or varied so as to “shade” the blues stereotypes. The audience is invited to make its own call as to the relationship between the title and the music. This is the Yale premiere performance of Blue Shades.
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