Michael Brecker: Brexterity
Michael Brecker (tenor sax)
Wide Angles (Verve 0044007614228)
Michael Brecker (tenor sax),
Alex Sipiagin (trumpet), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Peter Gordon (French horn), Steve Wilson (flutes), Iain Dixon (clarinets), Charles Pillow (oboe, English horn), Mark Feldman, Joyce Hamman (violins), Lois Martin (viola), Erik Friedlander (cello), Adam Rogers (guitar), John Pattitucci (bass), Antonio Sanchez (drums), Daniel Sadownick (percussion).
Composed by Michael Brecker.
Recorded: Englewood, NJ, January 22-24, 2003
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Here, for the first time in his career, Michael Brecker arranged for a large ensemble with strings and woodwinds, and we are lucky that he left us this testimony of another of his gifts. The tune is a complex construction in several parts, which he makes as fluid as possible so that one can hear it on different levels. The most obvious one is a concerto for tenor sax and medium band. But if you listen closely, on a deeper level, you may hear the many subtleties that Brecker put into these scores. Meanwhile his own playing, though impressive, is just what this virtuoso brought us to expect from him.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum