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Gordon Brisker: The Gift

Tenor saxophonist Brisker, who teaches at the Sydney (Australia) Conservatorium of Music, is in my record collection on the great Woody Herman, 1963 album. On The Gift he employs trumpeter Tim Hagens, pianist Marc Copland, bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Jeff Hirshfield-and an ensemble sound reminiscent of the mid-’60s Miles Davis Quintet. His tenor has been influenced by Shorter, Getz, Golson and Coltrane. His distinctive tone draws more from the light and shadow of the first three than from Trane.

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