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Michael Brecker

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So What / Impressions Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove 12:51
Nica's Dream Michael Brecker, Umo Jazz Orchestra 07:03
The Nearness Of You Michael Brecker 04:37
The Meaning Of The Blues Michael Brecker 05:58
The Sorcerer Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove 08:54
Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight James Taylor and Michael Brecker, Michael Brecker 04:42
Exodus Michael Brecker, Lisa Fischer 05:20
Timeline Michael Brecker 06:05
Midnight Voyage Michael Brecker 07:17
Act Natural Michael Brecker, Don Grolnick, Peter Erskine, Jeff Mironov 05:06

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Michael Brecker is an American jazz saxophonist from Philadelphia who began playing music as a child and went to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and at Indiana University. He moved to New York City and had stints with his trumpet player brother Randy Brecker in a jazz-rock group called Dreams and as the Brecker Brothers. He became a ubiquitous session player covering jazz, funk, rock and R&B and garnered attention for his compositions. Artists who hired him for recordings included Joni Mitchell, John Lennon, Frank Sinatra, Charlie Mingus, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa. He formed ensembles including the Michael Brecker Quartet and the Michael Brecker Group, collaborated with a great many major jazz stars such as Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Charlie Hadden and Pat Metheny, and won multiple Grammy Awards. He died aged 57 in 2007 from the blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome.

The Brecker Brothers single 'Sneakin' Up Behind You' was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance in 1975 and they were also nominated as Best New Artist of the Year. His 1996 Grammy Award-winning solo album 'Tales from the Hudson' went to number 18 on Billboard's Jazz Albums chart, 'Time Is of the Essence' (1999) reached number 13, 'Nearness of You - The Ballad Book' (2001) peaked at number nine and Grammy Award-winner 'Pilgrimage' (2007) hit number three. His many Grammy Awards include 15 wins for compositions, instrumental performances, solos and arrangement.