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  • Audio CD (November 2, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: November 2, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000296PM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,813 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker has offered his horn to countless studio sessions since the late 1960s, many including his own bands. Purists might have considered Brecker's reputation sullied by his association with fusion--especially as performed in the 1970s by the Brecker Brothers, which featured him alongside his brother Randy on trumpet, and later by Steps Ahead--but since the mid-1980s, the tenorist has been on a post-bop roll. Time Is of the Essence extends Brecker's broad command of the styles pioneered during the mid-1960s. He's playing with a veritable supergroup, Pat Metheny adding efficient strums and riffs on guitar and Larry Goldings pillowing the atmosphere on a Hammond B3 organ. Three drummers alternate on the session, with the great Elvin Jones making the most turbulent storm and Bill Stewart providing the most detailed textures. Jeff "Tain" Watts mixes Jones's romping power with a sense of the delicate, loaning Brecker's melodies an added dimension. For his part, Brecker plays hard and fast with absolute proficiency. The tunes are gutsy and sharp, with lots of creative soloing and up-tempo energy. --Andrew Bartlett

Customer Reviews

One of the best jazz albums of this decade.
Jim Alfredson
"Time is of the essence" is one of the most relevant musical projects of this remarkable and reminded artist.
Hiram Gomez Pardo
Elvin Jones plays like a god, providing herculean drive and swing as always.
Shawn

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shawn on September 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album is the real deal.

Brecker leads the charge, this time with Larry Goldings on organ, and familiar sideman Metheny on guitar. In my opinion, they hit the ball out of the park on this one.

This time, the focus is really on the music. Often, I think Brecker gets caught up in demonstrating the state of the Tenor (Delta City Blues, My One and Only Love) as only he can. For this one, it's an all hands on deck team effort. The arrangements are great, but it's the hard driving swing that makes this record groove. I think it's absolutely one of Brecker's finest efforts. And check out the drummers on this one. Theey get a chance to really shine, where the songs are well suited to their individual strengths.

Elvin Jones plays like a god, providing herculean drive and swing as always. But, Stewart and Watts match his intensity (as much as anyone else could.)

Goldings is terrific here, and Metheny plays fine as usual. But he also shows a little extra edge, which is always nice.

At the time this came out, I remember a quote by Brecker about how he wore out a few copies of Unity by Larry Young, which featured Joe Henderson's fine Tenor playing matched with Young's organ. With Time of the Essence, Brecker (whether intentional or not) creates a fine tribute to Youngs landmark recording. On Time is of the Essence, Brecker and company created their own matserpiece worthy of comparison.

Shawn
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Michael Brecker has made a great career for himself late in life, and with records like this one and "Tales from the Hudson" he continues a great stretch. I feel like he is at his best when he is around musicians that really challenge and inspire him, and Pat Metheny and Larry Goldings, not to mention the three great drummers, certainly do that here. (the record in between "Two Blocks from the Edge" was considerably less interesting without a major soloist for him to share the load with - the piano player on that record, Joey Calderazzo, just does not seem up to the level of others that he has used like McCoy Tyner or Herbie Hancock). I love hearing Brecker in this organ setting! And Larry Goldings is unbelievable!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Martin Brunelle on November 20, 1999
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Michael Brecker and Pat Metheny are in their usual high form, but what really sticks out to me in this album is the strong group unity.With the mixture of guitar, organ and drums backing up Michael, the texture should be very thick, but it's not because these musicians know how to play without stepping all over each other. This is an album that will be like no others. The combination of tenor sax, organ and guitar is a "first," at least for me. I've only heard this album once but I have a feeling it will get better with time (after all, the title is "Time is of the essence") because it is too challenging for just a one-time listen. I will not get sick of it even after listening to it 20 times like many other albums.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2000
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This is a great record. Anytime that Brecker teams up with Metheny, something special happens - and this goes all the way back to that classic record 80/81 which seems to be the record that Brecker discovered himself on. This record has the added value of Larry Golding's presence - a musician truly up to the challenge of hanging with Metheny and Brecker on their own level. Joey Calderazzo is seriously unable to do that which is why the last Two Blocks from the Edge was a considerably weaker effort. Calderazzo marred Tales from the Hudson as well, he is nothing more than a Herbie Hancock/Chick Corea wannabe who turns every solo into a tasteless display of chops. Brecker himself has a tendency to do this as well, but somehow when Metheny is around he encourages Brecker to go for the most musical choices rather than the most impressive technical ones. Metheny himself is as always a revelation here - he once again invents a new version of himself to fit the situation while sacrificing none of his exceptionally originality. Plus the guy just swings so hard, especially with Elvin Jones egging him on. Bill Stewart is also excellent on this record, only Tain Watts sounds a little stilted and forced here (but less so than on Two Blocks where he and Calderazzo really sounded more like talented music students than seasoned players - they seem to bring out the worst in each other). One other thing- the compositions on this record are excellent with Metheny's Timeline being an instant classic. Brecker should always play with musicians that are up to his level, like Metheny, Dejohnette, Holland, Jones, etc. Whenever he messes around with less talented players like Calderazzo, Stern, etc. he goes down to their level rather than raising them up to his. But he is an awesome musician no matter who he plays with - he just seems to thrive on inspriation.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jim Alfredson on November 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
How could this album be bad? Larry Goldings is the next step in the evolution of the organ. For those counting on another cliche ridden souljazz venture, look elsewhere. Although they pay homage to the tradition (ie, Renaissance Man) this group looks ahead. Brecker's playing is incredible; extremely fiery. Goldings' bass lines are amazing. Metheny is in top form as well. And with the trio of Elvin, Tain, and Stewart to choose from, the rhythm section is unstopable. (Although I have to say that Stewart locks with Goldings better; probably because they've played together so long.) This ranks up there with the Young/Green albums like Into Somethin' and Talkin' About. One of the best jazz albums of this decade. One of the best organ albums since Larry Young. Buy it! Then buy Larry Goldings' "Moonbird".
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