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Friday, April 15, 2011

Michael Brecker

I saw Michael Brecker live a few years ago a year or two before he died (with Herbie Hancock)...I was not impressed.. he seemed to be trying to make a lot of noise a la John Coltrane.. I love Coltrane but not the far out crazy dissonant stuff.. but Brecker's sax solo on Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years couldn't be a more perfect exercise in use of notes, restraint, and economy  in setting up the "punch line" and song's goose bump moment: "...but I wouldn't be convicted by a jury of my peers.."