The secrets of Brecker’s brilliance revealed
Sher Music has published The Practice Notebooks of Michael Brecker, offering readers access to the inner workings of the iconic jazz saxophonist who died in 2007 aged 57.
The book, says its publishers, provides a rare opportunity for musicians to dive into the mind of the jazz legend and “unlock the secrets of his improvisational mastery”.
Featuring more than 700 entries, the book chronicles Brecker’s artistic journey during the course of 35 years, capturing his inspirations, ideas, and musical explorations that he felt worthy of preserving.
The 120-page book (plus appendixes) includes first-hand accounts and reflections from his bandmates and collaborators, including Joey Calderazzo, John Patitucci, Richie Beirach, Steve Khan, Dave Liebman, and others.
Through his writings, musicians will gain access to a wellspring of ideas, technical exercises, and improvisational concepts that Brecker meticulously documented and continuously refined.
The book is not just a celebration of Brecker’s legacy, but, say its publishers, is an “…invitation for musicians of all levels to immerse themselves in the thought process and practice habits of a true jazz titan”.
The Practice Notebooks of Michael Brecker is available in both print and digital formats here and from any half decent book retailer.
The book is US$32 and the PDF $21.
Brecker’s final public performance was on 23 June 2006, playing with Herbie Hancock at Carnegie Hall. Brecker died from complications of leukemia in Manhattan.
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