Michael Brecker - Photo: John Abbott

Michael Brecker - brilliant and promising career - but Leukemia had other plans. (photo: John Abbott).

Michael Brecker Quartet +1 – Live In Berlin – 1978 – Past Daily Downbeat

Michael Brecker - Photo: John Abbott
Michael Brecker – brilliant and promising career – but Leukemia had other plans. (photo: John Abbott).

Michael Brecker Quartet +1 – Live in Berlin – November 1, 1978 – RBB-Radio Berlin –

Michael Brecker in concert this weekend. Along with his Quartet + 1, recorded at Philharmonie Hall in Berlin on November 1, 1978 and broadcast by RBB Radio in Berlin>

Featuring Michael Brecker – tenor saxophone, Hal Galper – piano, Chip Jackson – bass,Joe LaBarbera – drums and Franco Ambrosetti – trumpet.

Michael Brecker was born in Philadelphia and raised in Cheltenham Township. He was exposed to jazz at an early age by his father. Brecker began studying clarinet at age 6, then moved to alto saxophone in eighth grade, settling on the tenor saxophone as his primary instrument in his sophomore year.

Michael Brecker also played the drums as he often talked about time, or rhythm, being musically the most important. He displayed his drum prowess during shows with his own ensembles or accompanying students during masterclasses.

Brecker was in great demand as a soloist and sideman. He performed with bands whose styles ranged from mainstream jazz to mainstream rock. Altogether, he appeared on nearly 900 albums, either as a band member or a guest soloist.

Michael Brecker recorded or performed with leading jazz figures during his era, including Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Hal Galper, Chet Baker, Jan Akkerman, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius, McCoy Tyner, Pat Metheny, Elvin Jones, Claus Ogerman, Billy Cobham, Horace Silver, Mike Stern, Mike Mainieri, Max Roach, Steps Ahead, Dave Holland, Joey Calderazzo, Kenny Kirkland, Bob James, Grant Green, Don Cherry, Hubert Laws, Don Alias, Larry Goldings, Bob Mintzer, Gary Burton, Yusef Lateef, Steve Gadd, Richard Tee, Dave Brubeck, Charlie Haden, John Abercrombie, Vince Mendoza, Roy Hargrove and Spyro Gyra.

While performing at the Mount Fuji Jazz Festival in 2004, Brecker experienced a sharp pain in his back. Shortly thereafter in 2005, he was diagnosed with the blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Despite a widely publicized worldwide search, Brecker was unable to find a matching stem cell donor. In late 2005, he was the recipient of an experimental partial matching stem cell transplant. By late 2006, he appeared to be recovering, but the treatment proved not to be a cure. He made his final public performance on June 23, 2006, playing with Hancock at Carnegie Hall. Brecker died from complications of leukemia in a Manhattan hospital. His funeral was held on January 15, 2007, in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

Here, as a reminder, is his performance at Philharmonie Hall in Berlin on November 1, 1978.

Dive in and adjust to the time change.

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