Thursday, January 18, 2007

"Naima"

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.

2 comments:

Yossman said...

You can watch and listen to Brecker's Naima on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJt3qeuPdns

When he was still alive we took his music for granted, now we hold on to it afraid to loose it.

Ben said...

wow. thanks yossman.