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Please list your top 5 (or more if, like me, you just can't seem to narrow it down to 5) favorite Albums/CD's on which Michael Brecker played sax, in this format:

Name of Album/CD, name of artist session was recorded under

(Who knows? Maybe I'll strike gold, and find some new Brecker recordings to download based on your fav's)

I'll start with my top 12 (in no particular order, they are all my favorites):

#1: Time is of the Essence, by Michael Brecker

#2: Michael Brecker, by Michael Brecker

#3: Don't Try This At Home, by Michael Brecker

#4: Tales From the Hudson, by Michael Brecker

#5: Sketchbook, by John Patitucci

#6: Two Blocks from the Edge, by Michael Brecker

#7: Pilgrimage, by Michael Brecker

#8: Smokin' in the Pit, by Steps Ahead

#9: Time In Place, by Mike Stern

#10: Is What It Is, by Mike Stern

#11: Directions In Music, by Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker & Roy Hargrove

#12: The Brecker Brothers, by the Brecker Brothers
 

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Hi,


Tales From The Hudson
Pilgrimage
A Prescription for the Blues (Horace Silver)
The Hardbop Grandpop (Horace Silver)
Tring-A-Ling (Joanne Brackeen)

without any special ranking
 

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Abercrombie, John Night 1984 ECM 8232122(ECM1272)
Arista All Stars Blue Montreux 1978 Arista AB-4224
Baker, Chet You Can't Go Home Again 1977 A&M/Horizon SP-726
Beck, Joe Watch The Time 1977 Polydor(US) Polydor(US)
Foster, Al Mixed Roots 1977 Laurie LES-6002
Galper, Hal Speak With A Single Voice 1982 Enja Enja 4006
Grolnick, Don Hearts and Numbersn Hip Pocket HD106
Larsen, Neil Jungle Fever 1978 A&M/Horizon SP-733
Lewis, Mel Mel Lewis And Friends 1977 A&M/Horizon SP-716
Pastorius, Jaco The Birthday Concert 1995 Warner Brothers 9362-45290-2
Nock, Mike In Out And Around 1978 Timeless SJP119
Kenny Wheeler, Double, Double You 1983 ECM ECM 1262
Grolnick, Don Weaver Of Dreams 1990 Blue Note CDP 7 94591 2
Harris Simon - The mastery of passion
Gomez, Eddie Mezgo 1986 Epic Sony/A Touch 32.8H-65
Ambrosetti, Franco Gin And Pentatonic (Compilation) 1992 Enja 4096 2
Mingus, Charles Me, Myself An Eye 1978 Atlantic SD-8803
Mingus, Charles Something Like A Bird 1980 Atlantic SD-8805
Wilkins, Jack Merge (Compilation) 1992 Chiaroscuro CR 156
Stern, Mike Jigsaw 1989 Atlantic Jazz 7 82027-2
Khan, Steve Tightrope 1977 Tappan Zee 1977
Khan, Steve The Blue Man 1978 Columbia JC 35539
Khan, Steve Arrows 1979 Columbia JC 36129

Most of these are from the late 70's. I preferred his sound at that time.
 

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I'm surprised at how many of suggestions I've got in my library and they're all great. But one I didn't see yet is Heavy Metal Be-Bob, live recording with The Brecker Bros. band.
 

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There's a clip of perhaps my favorite all-time *solo* of Brecker's here, along with a transcription, from a recording that should be better known than it is. Check out the clip: I think it's devastating...
 

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There's him playing In a Sentimental Mood on EWI on youtube
The late stuff he did with Liebman and Lovano on Saxophone Summit (some great youtube clips there too)
And so much stuff with singers: James Taylor (his solo on Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight) and Joni Mitchell (Shadows and Light tour)
 

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Unfortunately I don't listen to him that much so I have to say my favorite album where he plays sax is Frank Zappa's live album Zappa in New York (on which he also plays flute). It's one of my favorite albums regardless but his sax solo on The Purple Lagoon/Approximate is phenomenal. You can hear so much energy in his playing, and I think his sound is at its best here. I will surely try out some of the albums you guys have posted.
 

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Excellent! Thanks to all for the great recommendations. I have many of these already, such as the Chick Corea, but never heard the 80/81 Methany, heavy metal bebop and I didn't realize he played with Horace Silver so late in his career. And thanks to all who posted links, didn't have those recordings either. Keep 'em comin!
 

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I like this one. I think Louie liked it too.

Lanny Morgan dug it. I think the whole band liked it.


[video]http://www.jukebo.com/michael-brecker/music-clip,live-with-louis-bellson-1,sufrq.html[/video]
 

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McCoy Tyner - Infinity

Jaw-dropping solos on "Impressions" and "Flying High"
 

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I like this one. I think Louie liked it too.

Lanny Morgan dug it. I think the whole band liked it.


[video]http://www.jukebo.com/michael-brecker/music-clip,live-with-louis-bellson-1,sufrq.html[/video]

It's always a little weird for me to watch guys in a big band playing in there street clothes. Not that it has anything to do with anything.
 

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My list above assumes that you already got all his solo stuff, steps ahead, brecker brothers. Also check out the site www.michaelbreckerliverecordings.com/transcriptions for other albums worth listening to.
Best to do your own transcriptions though.

For my money his best solos are 'every day I thank you' ( 80/81 ),
all the solos on cityscape,
'blue for lou' ( double double you )
some skunk funk ( heavy metal bebop )
 

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Not a huge Brecker fan, but this one gave me a driveway moment in a work truck.

Coqui, Papo Vasquez w/ Pirates and Troubadours, At the Point v.1, Ubiquity CBCD015
 
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