Thursday, January 18, 2007
As a further tribute to the recently departed Michael Brecker, I commend to you his unaccompanied interpretation of John Coltrane's achingly and transcendently beautiful, "Naima" (named after his first wife) that appears on "Directions in Music: Live at Massey Hall" a Miles/Trane themed collaboration with Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Brian Blade, and John Patitucci . The dexterity, intelligence, speed, focus, force, and soul of this piece may bring tears to your eyes and goose bumps to your flesh. (It may be dangerous to listen to while driving, as I experienced today.) If you are not sure whether or not you are alive, listen to this. You will be sure afterward. And you should deem this music a gift from above, whether Mr. Brecker knew it or not.