[Welcome to "Favorite Things," a new feature here at "Secret Life." Today we get started with Stephon Alexander's top five albums ever recorded. Do you agree with our resident physicist/saxophonist? Tell us about your top five in the comments.]
My philosophy of a great album: A great album is like a lost love. It’s missed if you lose it. A great album becomes a fabric of yourself.
5 “Madonna” by Madonna: “Borderline” is da bomb-still listen to it. I hope that no one makes a remake of it. I wonder if Mr. Kaplan taught Jellybean Benitez (one of Madonna’s producers who went to my high school).
4 “Speak No Evil” by Wayne Shorter: Genius! Genius!
3 “What’s Going On?” by Marvin Gaye: I’m still waiting for an artist like Marvin to appear again. His music speaks to his life. Whenever I’m in Harlem, one of his songs come alive for me.
2 “Uprising” by Bob Marley: My uncle Cliff “DJ Fat Dog” used to play this album from my grandparents’ balcony in Moruga village when I was a child in Trinidad. It simply evokes pure emotion.
1 “A Love Supreme” by John Coltrane: The greatest piece of music I will ever hear. Totally beyond.