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Michael Brecker

Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Born: March 29, 1949 | Died: January 13, 2007    

Michael Brecker

Michael Brecker was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and exposed to jazz at an early age by his father, an amateur jazz pianist. Among the generation of jazz musicians that saw rock music not as the enemy but as a viable musical option, Brecker began studying clarinet, then moved to alto saxophone in school, eventually settling on the tenor saxophone as his primary instrument. After only a year at Indiana University, Michael Brecker moved to New York City in 1970 where he carved out a niche for himself as a dynamic and exciting jazz soloist. He first made his mark at age 21 as a member of the jazz/rock band Dreams—a band that included his older brother Randy, trombonist Barry Rogers, drummer Billy Cobham, Jeff Kent and Doug Lubahn. Dreams was short-lived, lasting only a year, but influential (Miles Davis was seen at some gigs prior to his recording “Jack Johnson”)....
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  • Michael Brecker: Pilgrimage

    Heads Up International
    2007
  • Pilgrimage

    Heads Up International
    2007
  • The Tales From The Hudson Band Live In Tokyo

    Creative Sources
    2007
  • Two Blocks From The Edge

    Creative Sources
    2007
  • Wide Angles

    Verve Music Group
    2003
  • Nearness Of You (The Ballad Book)

    Creative Sources
    2001
  • Time Is Of The Essence

    Verve Music Group
    1999
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