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The Greatest Chord in the History of the World? October 2, 2022

Posted by geoff in News.

Back in 1972, Grammy Award-winning composer and conductor Claus Ogerman wrote a score for a ballet called Some Times. In 1977 he expanded the score into a jazz-classical album called Gate of Dreams. One of my favorite albums of all time, featuring George Benson, Michael Brecker, and David Sanborn.

The shortest piece on the album runs about two and a half minutes, and just past halfway in (1:19) it delivers my favorite chord on the planet.

You’re free to disagree and consign yourself to wallowing in wrongitude forevermore, but you’ve got to submit your own favorite chord in penance.



1. vaitguy - October 2, 2022

Agree, and thanks for sharing with us, the unwashed.

2. lumps - October 9, 2022

Reminds me of the theme from Shaft.

3. geoff - October 9, 2022

In a perfect world, everything would remind us of the theme from Shaft.

4. Pupster - October 10, 2022

At 1:19 ? I hear the discordant strings and a slow build from the horns…is that what you are talking about? Favorite chord?

5. geoff - October 10, 2022

Yeah, you’ve got the gut-wrenching minor chord from the strings overlaid with the soothing major from the horns.

6. Pupster - October 10, 2022


I’m going to go with the opening guitar chord here at 2s:

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