The Michael Brecker Archive at William Paterson University

Dr. David Demsey at William Paterson University contacted me a few years ago to tell me about the “Living Jazz Archives” that the University was building and how they were adding a Michael Brecker Archive to the already existing archives that they already had.   The Living Jazz Archives are: A TEACHING TOOL for William Paterson University Read More…

The Art of Imitation-Michael Brecker on Peep

Someone on SOTW (Sax on the Web) posted a video this morning of Michael Brecker soloing over his tune Peep from the early 90’s. Peep was a Brecker tune from the album “Now You See It… (Now You Don’t) that blew my mind when it was released in 1990.   I was a young Brecker head Read More…

Michael Brecker “Mellow Minor” Tenor Saxophone Solo Transcription

Here is another great solo transcription of Michael Brecker on the McCoy Tyner tune “Mellow Minor” from the album “Infinity”.  This has been on my transcription list for many years now and this morning I thought I would hammer away at it and finally finish it. I remember when this album came out, I was Read More…

Michael Brecker “Happy Days” Tenor Sax Solo Transcription

Here is another great solo transcription of Michael Brecker on the McCoy Tyner tune “Happy Days” from the album “Infinity”.  This has been on my transcription list for many years now and this morning I thought I would hammer away at it and finally finish it. I remember when this album came out, I was Read More…

Michael Brecker Sax Solo Transcription on David Letterman Intro

Here’s another great Michael Brecker tenor sax transcription to check out.  It’s a short one of Michael Brecker sitting in with the Paul Shaffer band on the David Letterman show in the 80’s.  This transcription was done by Joe Raia who is a local sax player down in Massachusetts and was nice enough to share Read More…

Will the Real Michael Brecker’s Sax Mouthpiece Please Stand Up?

I wanted to write a blog post on this subject because there has been a lot of discussion and confusion over the years about the Guardala mouthpiece Michael Brecker played on.    I started a discussion on this subject about a month ago on Facebook but thought it would be good to post what I discovered Read More…

Liu Shizhao Pilgrimage MB Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

A month or two ago,  I posted a review of a couple new saxophone mouthpiece from Liu Shizhao out of China.  He sent me a tenor saxophone mouthpiece prototype MB Prototype and an alto prototype that I was very impressed with and wrote reviews on. Recently,  he has sent me two more saxophone mouthpieces to review that Read More…

Michael Brecker on Three Quartets with Chick Corea

I just found this on Youtube this morning and wanted to share it. This video was made in 2003 and is a reunion concert of the original musicians from Chick Corea’s “Three Quartets” album. Chick Corea, Michael Brecker,Eddie Gomez and Steve Gadd. Three Quartets was released in 1981 and was one of the first albums Read More…

Liu Shizhao MB Prototype Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

In todays modern world, you see new products popping up on the internet almost everyday.  About a month ago, I was on Facebook just browsing through friend’s posts when I came upon some beautiful pictures of some mouthpieces I had never seen before.  These were posted by Liu Shizhao who lives in Beijing, China and apparently Read More…

Michael Brecker Solo Transcription-Recorda Me

For this week’s new transcription, I am posting the first 5 choruses of a transcription that Igor Tomanoski sent me this week.  This is Michael Brecker soloing over Recorda Me with Steps Ahead in the 80’s. This is from a Youtube video that I first heard a few years ago.  This is just classic “tearing it up” Brecker!! Read More…

Michael Brecker Transcription-A Night in Tunisia-Chaka Kahn

For this week’s new transcription I have been working on a solo by Michael Brecker over “A Night in Tunisia”. This is from a video on Youtube of Chaka Kahn performing a great version of this tune in 1981. I just discovered this Youtube video last week when someone posted it on Facebook. I must have watched Brecker’s solo 20 times in Read More…

Three Michael Brecker Transcriptions on Four Chords by Steps Ahead

We are in for a treat today!  I contacted Rick Margitza (a great tenor saxophone player) on facebook the other day and asked if I could share his two transcriptions of Michael Brecker’s solos from two Steps Ahead bootlegs of Four Chords.  I came up with the idea of placing these two transcriptions along side my Read More…

Michael Brecker Tenor Sax Solo Transcription-Four Chords

Here’s another new transcription I have been working on.  This is Michael Brecker’s 5 chorus solo over the tune “Four Chords” from the album Paradox by Steps Ahead.  This is young Michael Brecker tearing it up with some high energy classic “Brecker” lines. The Paradox album is one of the many Steps Ahead albums that I purchased back Read More…

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