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Michael Brecker

Michael BreckerAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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"Following a Michael Brecker solo is like nothing else that I have ever experienced, and very few musicians on any instrument can do it. It's because he's deep! By the time he gets done with an audience, people are standing on their chairs screaming. He gets to people under their skin, and that's what makes him heavy."

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  • Audio CD (September 24, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 1987
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA/Impulse!
  • ASIN: B000002O44
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,798 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great place to start listening to Michael Brecker. November 2, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is an Album where the music just gets better and better. I started out being somewhat sceptical, when I heard the Smooth Jazz tone of Sea Glass, the first track, but by the time I had listened to the incredible Syztgy, Choices and Nothing Personal I was convinced about this album.

Michael Brecker's Tenor playing is so rich and warm. His speed and clarity are extraordinary.

The line up on this album top notch. It is really a "best of the best" with Jack de Johnette on Drums, Charlie Haden on Bass, Kenny Kirland on Piano and Pat Metheny on Guitar. I always enjoy Jack de Johnette's fast and sweet drumming; a particular feature on the album for me. The entire group is really "tight" and it is really impossible to say anyone is better than the other. It works!

Don't be put off by track 1 Sea Glass which I consider the least good, because the next three tracks in particular are great. I enjoyed a very interesting rendition of "My One and Only Love" which is on Track 7. On this track there is a solo by Pat Metheny that is sublime. Track 5 The Cost Of Living is a slower number, but is a nice change of pace that is well performed and allows Charlie Haden to shine.

This is a terrific album. It showcases Michael Brecker's virtuoso sound.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Desert Island Disc.. August 19, 2006
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This album sent shock waves through the jazz community when it came out, and I love every song, and every thing about it: it has Brecker on the EWI, Brecker on soulful tenor, fantastic drumming by DeJohnette, an absolute monster cool hit tune, Nothing Personal, haunting ballads (Sea Glass, Cost of Living), and the tongue in cheek Original Rays. Although I am a total Brecker fan, and the man can do no wrong, trust me when I say this must be in your collection...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is timeless October 5, 2003
By Randy
Format:Audio CD
I've got all of M.Brecker's releases, and I always come back to this, his debut. This artist keeps growing and his sound ever-evolving into new and exciting terrain (see all successive albums). I pull this cd out and it consistently sounds fresh. Great compositions, great band, great solos, and inspiring music.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful March 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Powerful -- that's really the only way to describe this album. Mike has put out many great recordings since but none quite capture the emotion in this one. He leaves everything on it. There's nothing left for him to play when he's done. You'll have to listen and experience for yourself.
For more great albums with Mike check out Chick Corea's Three Quartets and Steps Ahead - Smoking in the Pit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent throughout - including Sea Glass January 24, 2008
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In the wake of the staggering loss of Michael Brecker, his first album as a leader is a great introduction to his work for anyone interested in finding out what he was to the world of jazz. Every one of these tracks is remarkable and worthwhile, and since Sea Glass is getting knocked in some of these reviews I'll address it. To me, Sea Glass is perhaps the best expression of Brecker's talent and courage as a musician. Yes, the phrasing of the melody and use of electric keyboards are elements that remind one of smooth jazz. Still, it's frustrating that a jazz listener would dismiss it because of this. Try turning off those critical wheels in your little brain for a moment and just listen to the damn tune. It's excellent and straight ahead throughout, and undeniably so. It boggles my mind that listeners who would no doubt consider themselves discerning are so quick to bash something that I know they would love if they could suspend their snobbishness long enough to open up their ears. The music of Michael Brecker - and for that matter Pat Metheny who also appears on this album - is full of recordings that fall into this category and which you'll never appreciate if you can't get past knee jerk criticism. Give it a shot.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brecker at his finest March 11, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Michael's best album in my opinion--His use of the EWI(electronic wind instrument) in Original Rays is unlike anything you have ever hear-I highly recomend this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent June 25, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I have a friend in music school, and recently, in a conversation about Ellington and Mingus and other great arrangers, Michael Brecker's name arose. My friend is far along in his study of charts but he said Brecker's charts are so complex, he looked four, five times before he really understood.

I knew about both Michael and brother Randy simply from forty years of listening to music. These two have played on so many records--well, look at it this way: if you have a thousand rock albums, if you grab a random twenty, chances are not bad either Michael or Randy are on at least one.

Now I was skeptical in buying this album on what I call "fake Impulse!" that MCA strain from the 1980s: long gone are personalities, artists, and gatefold gloss cover art of the 1960s ABC Impulse that makes the label collectible today. By the 1980s, most Impulse albums could have been released by any label.

But when I saw Jack Dejonette and Charlie Haden--I mean, come on, Ornette's bass player-was on this, i knew this was no Kenny G outing.

Michael Brecker is in fact a dynamic album of modernly produced jazz. There is a digital production hue on this music, but there is also the hue of Breckers composition and playing. These are long, almost post-genre pieces that wind with their multiple parts, taking on a classical sense of pace and structure. I have trouble following the pieces, and since I think I understand a good deal about how music is built, my getting lost in the middle of the house is a good thing--it is a big, bold, complex house.

And Brecker's playing is incredible. He can crackle like Coltrane, he can shriek like Sanders, he can wind around complex changes as fast as Dolphy did Mingus' 1960s complexities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars desert island disc
I hadn't heard this recording in a long while and lost sight of how awesome a player Michael Brecker was. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alan R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brecker's Best
Michael Brecker's self-titled CD is in my estimation the strongest album overall in his catalog. Brecker is in his prime and in incredible form in this recording and of course... Read more
Published on February 21, 2011 by IndyTennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it
This album is fantastic from start to finish. I am biased b/c the lineup contains some of my favorite instrumentalists - DeJohnette, Metheny, Haden, etc. Read more
Published on January 19, 2010 by J. M. Guzzardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Sax Ecstacy
I had this record on vinyl when it came out in 1986. Just added it to my collection on disc and it has me wondering where I've been all this time. Read more
Published on April 10, 2008 by Robert Orme
5.0 out of 5 stars "Michael Brecker"
The CD album notes indicate this was Michael Brecker's first solo project, after a prolific career as a sideman and group participant. Read more
Published on February 23, 2008 by George M. Gutwirth
5.0 out of 5 stars giant on tenor
I can't really say enough about Michael Brecker. His music and this CD in particular (in addition to Miles and Coltrane) made me a jazz convert. Read more
Published on March 17, 2005 by S. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This CD!!!
BUY THIS CD!!! I'm a tenor saxophonist myself (and a good one, at that), so I think that I can comment with some authority. Read more
Published on March 13, 2002 by Jeffrey Stewart Newton
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