Brecker, Michael

Verve, 2004CD
Instrument: Saxophone

Issue: 10.4

Jazz Ruler Type: Fusion
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 5
Performance Chart

Sound: 4
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Score Chart

O’s Notes: Michael has a hit with Wide Angels. The music is all new and mostly Brecker originals. He lays edgy sax leads on top of a well orchestrated backdrop. His band of fourteen musicians includes a full brass and string compliment along with a tight rhythm section. Bassist John Patitucci, Robin Eubanks (tb) and Eric Friedlamder (cello) are among the crew. It is somewhat unusual grouping for a fusion session but it works well with songs like “Night Jessamine”, “Cool Day in Hell” and “Modus Operandy” that really swing.