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  • Audio CD (September 10, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grp Records
  • ASIN: B000003N8I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,653 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Because he has recorded so much mediocre commercial jazz, Michael Brecker's more ambitious ventures are often not taken as seriously as they should be. For Tales from the Hudson, Brecker assembles an all-star band of Miles Davis's 1970 rhythm section (drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Dave Holland), underrated pianist Joey Calderazzo, and guitarist Pat Metheny--and on two numbers, Calderazzo is replaced by McCoy Tyner. For this special occasion, Brecker has written five impressionistic modal pieces and has also included one composition apiece from Metheny, Calderazzo, and the late pianist Don Grolnick. The satisfying results should do much to bring Brecker his due as a fine composer and bandleader and a player with a hearty tenor tone and good instincts about where to find fresh territory in an improvisation. --Geoffrey Himes

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. cook on August 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Tales from the Hudson is the strongest of Breckers recent jazz releases, following a return to acoustic improvisation after ealier fusion releases with the Brecker Brothers. A modal jazz-fest, with admirable support from bassist Dave Holland, drummer Jack Dejohnette and percussionist Don Alias, the album is packed with great tunes including a passionate acoustic reworking of African Skies and Metheny's Song for Bilbao, both featuring McCoy Tyner.

You could criticise it though for being a light-weight production, heavier on lyricism than rhythmic and harmonic complexity, but complaining that the music is not challenging enough misses the point. This is simply a straight foward album of great jazz, and one that i'd happily recommend to both the casual listener and the jazz aficionado.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nikolaus Dolp on April 18, 2005
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This Cd is after all the years I own it, still one of my all time favorite Cds. "Tales from the Hudson" captures outstanding performances not only by Brecker himself, but also from the featured top-act musicians: Pat Metheney, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette ( smoking!), Joey Calderazzo and the great McCoy Tyner.

Great performances, compositions - hard swinging and lyrical!

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Charles Grace on December 24, 1999
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If you never got the chance to experience '70s and '80s jazz club scene in NYC, then get this CD. You can almost taste the smoke and leather, although recorded/engin'd w/late 90s gear. Top notch horns by Michael Brecker (as always), piano by Joey Calerazzo and a cameo by Pat Metheny. Give it a listen. 15 bucks is not a bad cover charge for this, and you get to keep the CD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By George M. Gutwirth on January 14, 2008
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This may be Brecker's best album - making it the best of the best. It reminds of the midfifties and sixties, a very high point in jazz. when I first became a fan. At that time, at that age, one simply assumes successors to the greatest will come along; but of course with art that good and difficult, in a form not highly popular and requiring nurture, its not that easy, it doesn't just happen. On this album, such jazz comes back. Beau Rivage (track 4), with its Monk-like segments, most resembles that great jazz. To me, Brecker's playing on that track, on African Skies(# 5) and Naked Soul (#7) is at the highest possible levels of sax performance, very reminiscent of Coltrane's best work, with all the inventiveness, spirit and immeasurable skill required for such playing, and also with discipline and coherence lacking in Coltrane's final stage work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave Deubler on February 19, 2010
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Brecker assembles a top-notch lineup to produce one of his finest studio recordings. The opening "Slings and Arrows" is the kind of break-neck-velocity performance we expect from this renowned saxophonist. "Midnight Voyage" is cooler and bluesier, emphasizing Brecker's command of the tonal quality of his instrument. Guitar great Pat Metheny gets some deliciously jazzy solos in both numbers. "Song for Bilbao" features unison sax lines - but since Brecker's sax honks and howls with the best of them, the closing electronicized solo seems unnecessary and out of place. "Beau Rivage" is a more introspective piece, which to my taste drags on much longer than necessary. For a slight change of pace, "African Skies" features an African-inspired theme and rhythms. "Naked Soul" clocking in at 8'45", is the longest track on the disc, and feels like it, too. Slow, ponderous and melancholic, it's my least favorite track. "Willie T" isn't much shorter or much more interesting, being a little too "smooth" for my taste, but it's not unlistenable. The closing "Cabin Fever" finally picks up the pace again, covering its melodic shortcomings with frenetic rhythms and impressive soloing by all. There's nothing very innovative on this disc, but despite a couple of weaker numbers, the overall quality is pretty darn high. Four and a half stars.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim Jeter on March 20, 1999
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This certainly ranks as one of the best jazz CDs of recent times. Michael Brecker never disappoints on any recording and is in top form on this one. No other tenor man holds a candle to Brecker. He is the undisputed successor to Coltrane. The chemistry between Pat Metheny, Mccoy Tyner and Brecker is dead on. If you like this CD you should check out the collaboration on Mccoy Tyner's Infinity. Jazz lovers should not hesitate to buy Tales From the Hudson.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aubrey D. Scott on February 17, 2007
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I have played the saxophone for many years and have listened to a lot of recordings. Michael Brecker was the premier saxophone player of our time. I'd strongly recomend anything he plays on. That combined with the incredible all-star assortment of players on this album makes it a must have for anyone who listens to music.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shawn on October 3, 2005
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Slings and Arrows kicks things off on the right track! I was expecting Brecker to lead the soloing as the leader often will. Surprise! It's Metheny. He gets things cooking really good. In fact, he flat out burns. Brecker follows and things really take off, and there's no looking back. Wow!

Midnight Voyage is one great trip. Brecker really nails this one, and the rhythm section's in the groove.

I always liked Song for Bilbao, it's great to hear with the sax playing the head.

Around when this came out, I felt a few of Brecker's recent efforts were just ok. With Tales, he puts together a CD I would rank with the very best of his jazz performances.

It's a well done production, and I like the flow from beginning to end. But, what I really enjoy is the way they really get down to business on this one. Brecker's playing on the up-tempo numbers (throughout, really) is superlative.
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