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Michael Brecker

Michael Brecker was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and exposed to jazz at an early age by his father, an amateur jazz pianist. Among the generation of jazz musicians that saw rock music not as the enemy but as a viable musical option, Brecker began studying clarinet, then moved to alto saxophone in school, eventually settling on the tenor saxophone as his primary instrument. After only a year at Indiana University, Michael Brecker moved to New York City in 1970 where he carved out a niche for himself as a dynamic and exciting jazz soloist. He first made his mark at age 21 as a member of the jazz/rock band Dreams—a band that included his older brother Randy, trombonist Barry Rogers, drummer Billy Cobham, Jeff Kent and Doug Lubahn

Live at the Berlin Philharmonic, 1977

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Now Hear This; Speak with a Single Voice; I’ll Never Stop Loving You; Triple Play; This Is the Thing; Hey Fool.

Live At The Berlin Philharmonic 1977

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD 1: Now Hear This; Speak With One Voice; I'll Never Stop Loving You. CD 2: Triple Play; This Is The Thing; Hey Fool.

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Tom Kennedy: Stories From Behind and Beyond The Bass

Read "Tom Kennedy: Stories From Behind and Beyond The Bass" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Tom Kennedy has never considered himself a prospector, but surely has tapped into a goldmine. As if releasing a hotshot new record wasn't enough, the world class jazz and fusion bassist is in compositional bliss with a bevy of new material yet to be recorded. Kennedy and I talk at length about his new writing technique ...

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This Is the Thing

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 12:33

ARTICLE: RADIO

Michael Brecker & John Fedchock

Read "Michael Brecker & John Fedchock" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From one of the best jazz musicians still producing quality work on a consistent basis, we start the 674th Episode of Neon Jazz with Eddie Henderson and music from his 2020 CD Shuffle and Deal. We feature some cutting edge artists that are keeping jazz very fresh and innovative. From musicians like Greg Foat, Sharhabil Ahmed, ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Randy Brecker: Fusion Pioneer Still Blazing The Trails

Read "Randy Brecker: Fusion Pioneer Still Blazing The Trails" reviewed by Jim Worsley

One of the greatest musicians of the past half century, Randy Brecker, continues to impress with his compositions, his playing, and his endurance. The famed trumpeter has released no less than eight records over the past couple of years! They are all unique on to themselves with only Brecker's familiar and sweet sound in common. That ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dan Wilensky: All In All

Read "All In All" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist Dan Wilensky--who has played with everyone from Ray Charles to David Bowie to Jack McDuff-- offered up his take on some familiar pop tunes (The Beatles, The Youngbloods), a touch of George Gershwin and some Sammy Cahn on his 2018 offering, Good Music (Polyglot Music). Now it is (mostly) all Wilensky originals, the result of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mike Barone Big Band: Brazil

Read "Brazil" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Brazil doesn't signify that the venerable California-based composer / arranger Mike Barone has gone Latin; it simply means that “Brazil" is the opening number and the name Barone chose for the latest in his long-running series of remarkable big-band albums. No matter, as a Barone recording by any other name would be every inch as inspired ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Sting: An English (Jazz-)Man In New York - Part 2

Read "Sting: An English (Jazz-)Man In New York - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Although Sting is mostly known for his solo career and, before that, for fronting one of the most epic band of all times, The Police, his love for jazz has been a common thread throughout his career. His jazz sensibility became more prominent when he started his solo career with the album The Dream of the ...


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