Michael Brecker’s ‘Pilgrimage’ is his final studio album released on May 22, 2007 by Heads Up.
Track Listing : 1.The Mean Time (Michael Brecker) – 06:55 . 2.Five Months From Midnight (Michael Brecker) – 07:40 . 3.Anagram (Michael Brecker) – 10:09 . 4.Tumbleweed (Michael Brecker) – 09:36 . 5.When Can I Kiss You Again? (Michael Brecker) – 09:42 . 6.Cardinal Rule (Michael Brecker) – 07:31 . 7.Half Moon Lane (Michael Brecker) – 07:17 . 8.Loose Threads (Michael Brecker) – 08:34 . 9.Pilgrimage (Michael Brecker) – 10:02
Musicians : Michael Brecker – Tenor Saxophone, Ewi . Pat Metheny – Guitars, Guitar Synth . Herbie Hancock – Piano On (1 – 5 – 8 – 9) . Brad Mehldau – Piano On (2 – 3 – 4 – 6 – 7) . John Patitucci – Double Bass . Jack Dejohnette – Drums
Production : Produced By Michael Brecker, Gil Goldstein, Steve Rodby, Pat Metheny . Joe Ferla – Engineer, Mixing . Kevin Porter – Assistant Engineer . Brian Pugh – Assistant Engineer . Hyomin Kang – Assistant Engineer . Dave Love – Associate Producer . Michael Bishop – Mastering . Mark Wilder – Mastering
Package : Susan Brecker – Art Direction . Darryl Pitt – Photography . Indhira Rojas – Art Direction
Recorded In August 2006 At Right Track Recording, New York City.
Released On May 22, 2007 By Heads Up.
Again one is startled by the lack of sentimentality; Brecker refuses to go gently into that good night, instead choosing to center his attention on a life full of great joy and accomplishment as well as pain and struggle experienced and overcome on this pilgrimage we call life. Truly a appropriate and rewarding finale to the great life and career of a very important jazz artist. […]
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I would come closer to declaring John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter and Michael Brecker the quaternary apex of the tenor saxophone since the previous generation of Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Websterand Wardell Gray. […]