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 Michael Brecker (1949-2007)

Michael Brecker (1949-2007)

Born in Philadelphia in 1949, Michael co-founded the pioneering jazz-rock group Dreams in 1970. He later joined his brother, trumpeter Randy Brecker in Horace Silver’ quintet. The siblings then formed the Brecker Brothers, one of most innovative jazz-funk fusion bands of the decade. Brecker was then the co-leader of the all-star quartet Steps Ahead.
Michael has recorded and performed with a virtual Who’s Who of jazz and pop giants in the 70s and 80s. Michael cut his first records as a leader in 1987. The solo debut, Michael Brecker, was voted “Jazz Album of the Year” in both Down Beat and Jazz magazines. Its follow-up, Don’t Try This At Home, garnered Brecker his first grammy. After being a featured soloist for a year and a half with Paul Simon, Michael reunited with Randy for the Return of the Brecker Borthers. At about the same time, Michael appeared on Herbie Hancock’s The New Standard (Verve) and McCoy Tyner’s Infinity (Impulse!), followed by extensive touring with each piano titan. Brecker’s seventh solo album, Nearness of you: The Balland Book, featured Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Charlie Handen and Jack Dejohnette. In June 2002, Brecker, Hancock and Roy Hargrove released Directions in Music, a live concert at Toronto’s Massey Hall. Brecker began 2003 with Wide Angles. Featuring the 15-piece Michael Brecker Quindectet. He passed away, january 13, 2007.
Michael Brecker is inarguably the most influential tenor stylist of the last 25 years.
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Instrument : Ténor Mark VI
MICHAEL BRECKER & UMO JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Live in Helsinski 1995

10/2015