13 January in history: Michael Brecker dies at 57

michael breckerToday marks the 8th anniversary of the great saxophone master that was Michael Brecker. His music is a constant inspiration to many musicians. Michael Brecker was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music in 2004, and was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 2007. Born March 29 1949 he was exposed to jazz at an early age by his father, an amateur jazz pianist. He first made his mark at age 21 as a member of the jazz-rock band Dreams—a band that included his older brother, trumpeter Randy Brecker, trombonist Barry Rogers, drummer Billy Cobham, keyboardist Jeff Kent and bassist Doug Lubahn.

Michael worked with lots of famous artists before once again teaming up with his brother Randy to form the Brecker Brothers. The band stayed together from 1975 to 1982, with consistent success and musicality. Notable collaborations included work with Steely Dan, Lou Reed, Donald Fagen, Dire Straits, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, John Lennon, Aerosmith, Dan Fogelberg, Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Daltrey, Parliament-Funkadelic, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Chet Baker, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius, McCoy Tyner, Pat Metheny, Elvin Jones, and Claus Ogerman.