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January 15, 2007 |
Michael Brecker, the jazz saxophonist who won 11 Grammy Awards and was considered by many the most influential tenor player of his generation, died Saturday at a hospital in New York City. He was 57. The cause of death, according to his manager, Darryl Pitt, was leukemia, the result of Brecker's struggle with myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of cancer in which the bone marrow produces abnormal as well as normal blood cells.
December 5, 1997 |
He's won seven Grammys, appeared on more than 500 recordings--from his own to cameos on projects with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Lou Reed--and influenced scores of tenor saxophonists. And though Michael Brecker is one of jazz's unique voices, capable of stone-cold thrilling improvisations balanced by deep emotional moments, he remains remarkably modest about his stature in the modern jazz pantheon.
December 4, 1997 |
He's won seven Grammys, appeared on over 500 recordings--from his own albums to cameos on projects with Frank Sinatra and hundreds of others--and he's influenced scores of tenor saxophonists. And while he is decidedly one of jazz's unique voices, a man capable of stone-cold thrilling improvisations balanced by deep emotional moments, Michael Brecker remains remarkably modest about his place in jazz.
December 17, 2006 |
Ornette Coleman, "Sound Grammar" (Sound Grammar). At 76, Coleman continues to be an astonishingly creative adventurer, performing on his first new album in a decade with a two-bass and drums lineup that triggers some of his most imaginative playing -- on alto saxophone, trumpet and violin. * Stefon Harris, "African Tarantella" (Blue Note).
May 17, 1998 |
Will Robert Stewart be the Pharoah Sanders of the 21st century? This quartet date, like "Judgement," Stewart's 1995 debut release on World Stage records, recalls Sanders' spiritual period of the late '60s, with its emphasis on droning modal frameworks, long, uncomplicated solos and robust tones. The devotional motif contrasts sharply with that of Stewart's previous Qwest recording "In the Gutta" and affords less opportunity for technical displays.
June 18, 1998 |
Ask a young jazz saxophone student who his or her favorite player is, and there's a strong possibility the answer will be Michael Brecker. Look at any of the major jazz awards of the past few years and Brecker's name is usually near the top of the list. All of which may account for the full house that enthusiastically greeted Brecker on Tuesday at Catalina Bar & Grill in the opening set of a three-night run--his first ever as a leader in a Los Angeles club.