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Live Review: Michael Brecker and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band

If anyone had doubts about Michael Brecker, backed by the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, pulling off a successful tribute to John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” suite, they were dissolved about two minutes into the performance. Brecker began with the suite’s “Acknowledgement” sounding like Coltrane – in moves, sound and embellishments – but he soon made the music his own.

Slide Hampton’s arrangement was a bit dramatic at times, but it brought forth different nuances than the suite’s original recording. A unique change from the 1964-recorded version came from the trombone section, which took over much of bassist Jimmy Garrison’s role in the original, including the turbulent repetition of the famous bass line that accompanies the “A love supreme” chant.

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