Michael Brecker

By Stuart Kremsky

 

One of the most popular and influential tenor saxophonists of his time, Michael Brecker racked up an impressive 15 Grammy awards from 1988-2007. With a powerful, controlled sound and enviable technique that extended across the full range of the tenor, he combined the earthy and soulful styles of King Curtis and Junior Walker with the more rarified concepts of John Coltrane. His successful career as a “hired gun” in the pop music world was built on what Ben Ratliff of The New York Times described as his skill of condensing “exciting devices into short... Read More

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