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Album Review

An early 2002 tour of the U.K. found Michael Brecker playing his old material with a larger band that included some instruments usually falling outside the standard jazz combo (i.e., oboe, French horn), providing the genesis for Wide Angles by the 15-piece Michael Brecker Quindectet. The recording makes Brecker the center of attention, and the ten tracks (nine by Brecker along with Don Grolnick's "Evening Faces") are to be considered as a suite according to Brecker and arranger Gil Goldstein. When it sticks to the cerebral and introspective, Wide Angles flows very well, and Brecker is as expressive and inspired as ever. Listeners wanting to hear interactions involving mainstream bassist John Patitucci, the usually experimental violinist Mark Feldman, or any of the other capable players will find their roles too supportive, but with so much focus on the tenor saxophonist, Brecker fanatics will justifiably go ape.

Customer Reviews

Buy this CD!

This is one of the most unique and interesting albums I have heard in a long time. I consider myself a huge Michael Brecker fan, but on this album he blew me away. Here Brecker uses a quindectet of musicians which is an ensemble that includes french horns, clarinets, flutes, oboes, guitar, bass, but no piano. It is very interesting music to experience. Everything he does seems so effortless. Some of the techniques he uses and the chord changes he is playing on would make any musician nervous to try and play but he makes it seem like this is nothing. The music is amazing. I would recommend Night Jessamine, Angle of Repose, Broadband, Modus Operandy. If you enjoy music that will also allow you to think this is the music for you. Amazing. Do yourself a favor and buy anything you can by Michael Brecker.

A Gift of substance

Michael Brecker continues to bring forth great depth, clarity, and inspiration in his self expression as one of the worlds great improvisors and composers. His strength and conviction is moving and deeply felt and in this offering he provides us with an ever expanding view of not only his Soulfulness but of Soulfulness Itself. He sings and dances to a Calling that he is clearly willing to show up for and in doing so he contributes mightily to the Purpose of Music and Art and to its function to inspire. "Wide Angles" delivers on it's promise and Michael Brecker is shining in wonderful fashion and company!

Rest in Peace Michael

Listen to "Angle of Repose" and think of how the world will miss this beautiful voice. Where has it gone? ... and why so soon? It is always too soon for the great ones. Still, we are forever grateful for what you have left us. Rest in Peace.


Born: March 29, 1949 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A remarkable technician and a highly influential tenor saxophonist (the biggest influence on other tenors since Wayne Shorter), Michael Brecker took a long time before getting around to recording his first solo album. He spent much of his career as a top-notch studio player who often appeared backing pop singers, leading some jazz listeners to overlook his very strong improvising skills. Brecker originally started on clarinet and alto before switching to tenor in high school. Early on, he played...
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