Michael Brecker’s ‘Itsbynne Reel’ – The Chromatic Stuff

We’re all Michael Brecker fans here, aren’t we? I mean, what’s not to like? The man was regarded as one of the greatest saxophonists of his generation, and has a back catalogue of albums, both as leader and sideman, that is largely unchallenged both in its diversity and musical accomplishments. Whether we knew it or not, we’ve all heard his playing – through his sessions with mainstreamers like Paul Simon, Christopher Cross, James Taylor, Billy Joel or Dire Straits, or through his jazz collaborations with brother Randy, Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Steps Ahead etc etc. But his solo albums are fantastic as well, particularly the early ones: the self-titled debut Michael Brecker (1987), Now You See It, Now You Don’t (1990) and the album where Itsbynne Reel found its home: his second album Don’t Try This At Home (1988) on Impulse Records. Continue reading “Michael Brecker’s ‘Itsbynne Reel’ – The Chromatic Stuff”