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  Michael Brecker: Pilgrimage

Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone)
Herbie Hancock (piano)
Brad Mehldau (piano)
Pat Metheny (guitar)
Jack DeJohnette (drums)
John Patitucci (bass)
Track listing:
  1. The Mean Time
2. Five Months from Midnight
3. Anagram
4. Tumbleweed
5. When Can I Kiss You Again?
6. Cardinal Rule
7. Half Moon Lane
8. Loose Threads
9. Pilgrimage
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Review by JW August 17, 2007 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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It is difficult to separate the context in which this music was recorded from the actual performance, and maybe we should not*. On the other hand, this is another modern jazz SA-CD that just has to be judged on its merits for musical content and recording quality.

This is a musical journey, full of complexities, at times dense melodies and intricate musical patterns.

The contributors are, apart from Michael Brecker on tsax, Herbie Hancock and Bred Mehldau on piano, Pat Metheny on guitars (he plays a major role on this album), John Patitucci on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums (timewarp: I only recently listened to Bill Evans' excellent SA-CD 'At The Montreux Jazz Festival', recorded in 1968, with Jack DeJohnette on drums).

This is marvelous music. Just follow the saxophone lines in the theme of the second track, "Five Months from Midnight". Tracks 2, 5 and 9 are the three more quiet and introspective moments on the album where one can just sit back and enjoy the ballads (track 9 is not really a ballad). The rest is swinging and uptempo fairly complex improvisational, but certainly not free, jazz. The second half of the album is somewhat more flowing and melodic than the first half.

Most of the songs are well over 7 minutes. In total there is almost 78 minutes of music. You need to take your time and when you do there is much to discover. And the reward is commensurate with the effort.

The recording quality is very good but, and I hesitate to use the word, unremarkable. Still not sure exactly how best to describe my impressions of its sound. I wish there was more 'air' in between the instruments perhaps. You have to see that comment in context. Maybe an indication how far we have come. When you have shelves full of excellent SA-CD's this one does not stand out.

Don't forget to read the article I linked to.



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Review by stef40 July 11, 2007 (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
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This is his last but one of his best sacd.Top sound,very clear and a lot of details.thank you MR Brecker,i miss you yet...

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Review by Barb December 28, 2007 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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M. Brecker ts & ewi, P. Metheny g, H. Hancock p, B. Mehldau p, J. Patitucci b, J. DeJohnette ds, Heads Up 2006.
Nine original compositions of Brecker. Nine tracks of high standard contemporary jazz. Each one at least 6:55 long. With plenty of time for developing the songs and for soloing. Oh, and they can, they are some of the greatest in jazz! So sorry that Brecker cannot, anymore. This is the right music for an over 75 minutes close listening session, not for the chill-out.
The sound is good, but not perfect. Imaging and palpability should be better. There`s not enough air and space between the instruments.

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