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Charged Particles Plays Music of Michael Brecker at Lick Observatory
Of trio Charged Particles’ new CD (on Summit Records) with saxophonist Tod Dickow playing compositions by Michael Brecker, Mike’s brother Randy Brecker said: “Smoking and intense from beginning to end. They’ve all internalized Mike and his music to an impressive degree of accuracy, and moreover, feeling!” Downbeat magazine said: “Dickow bears a clear Brecker influence but is no slavish imitator. He produces exciting, satisfying stuff.” Jazz Weekly said: “Modern grooves and sizzling post bop as the Brecker torch burned brightly. Dickow’s tenor is intense.” L.A. Jazz Scene said: “Dickow captured the magic and brilliance of Brecker and saturates the group with power and purpose. All three rhythm section members bring excitement and creativity to the bandstand. This is a joyful listen, full of spark and spunk, but also incorporating the creativity and integrity of these four master musicians.” Noted jazz critic Bill Milkowski (author of Brecker’s biography) said: “Staggering in its authenticity, the sheer force of Tod Dickow’s lines lift the entire band, while his passionate intensity and Breckerian authority immediately command our attention. Truly, he is a talent worthy of wider recognition.” Jazz Times Magazine said of Charged Particles: “A tight and enormously talented trio”.