Per Caritatem

Though this is probably old news to many, I recently found out that Michael Brecker, jazz saxophonist extraordinaire, died this past January at age 57 after battling leukemia for two years.  I had the opportunity to hear Brecker live in a small club in Seattle, and as most jazz enthusiasts, I was amazed at his technical skill and the ease with which he could execute angular lines at tempos beyond belief. Just prior to his death, Brecker was able to record one last album, Pilgrimage, with some of his long-time musical friends (Herbie Hancock and Brad Mehldau, piano; Pat Metheny, guitar; John Patitucci, bass; and Jack DeJohnette, drums).

Someone put together a nice video as a tribute to Brecker, which you can hear by clicking the link below.

A Tribute to Michael Brecker


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Back in the late 70s and early 80s, Michael and Randy owned a jazz club in NYC called Seventh Avenue South, located on the corner of Seventh Avenue South and (I believe) Bedford Street. I used to stumble in at around 1:am and watch the craziest jam sessions after the main show ended: the Brecker Bros. with Peter Erskin or Steve Gadd on drums; Anthony Jackson on bass or Jaco; Steve Kahn on guitar or the late Hiram Bullock. They’d lock the doors at 4:am and play until…WHENEVER. WHAT AMAZING JAMS!


Wow, that is a serious line-up of jazz all stars. Too bad that you didn’t have a little Mp3 player to record those sessions.


I did have an 8 track cassette player, turntable, reel-to-reel and a cassette deck in ’78 though…


And what’s funny is you were probably considered the techno guy on your block.