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Michael Brecker: Big Angles

Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker

There is no mistaking the sound of Michael Brecker, easily the most influential tenor saxophonist of his generation. His sheer velocity, jaw-dropping virtuosity and Trane-like abandon on the tenor sax has been the stuff of legend among aspiring players, colleagues and fans alike since the early ’70s.

While the tenor titan has been involved in large-scale projects before-notably Jaco Pastorius’ Word of Mouth big band in 1981, his stirring and Grammy-nominated collaboration with composer-arranger Claus Ogerman on 1982’s Cityscape and their 1991 Grammy-winning follow-up, Claus Ogerman Featuring Michael Brecker, as well as providing the lead voice for Charlie Haden’s orchestral American Dreams project-he’s finally leading a sizeable ensemble of his own.

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