The Jazz Show Episode July 21, 2008

Broadcast on 21-Jul-2008

9:00am - 12:02pm

Michael Brecker's final recording was not one of a man who was in the throes of pain and death but was an affirmation of life. Pianist Herbie Hancock was the only musician on the date(he recorded four tracks) who was fully aware of Michael's health and the seriousness of his illness, which was MDS, the cause of leukemia which killed Brecker in January 2007. The other musicians involved were Brad Mehldau on four tracks, Pat Metheny on various guitars, John Patitucci on accoustic bass and the great Jack DeJohnette on drums. The recording was done at various sessions in August of 2006 and is full of life and energy. Brecker was not only a superior musician and one of the most influential tenor saxophonists of the last 35 years but a great human being. This is all reflected in this recording called "Pilgrimage". All the compositions performed are by Michael and they are a further testament to his greatness.