Brecker, Michael

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Instrument(s): tenor saxophone, EWI (electronic wind instrument)
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Collaborations with James Taylor:
One Man Dog
Walking Man
In the Pocket
That’s Why I’m Here
Never Die Young
New Moon Shine
October Road
plus Carly Simon’s Hotcakes, Boys in the Trees, and Spy

Notable releases: Michael Brecker’s Nearness of You: The Ballad Book includes a new version of “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight” with James Taylor on lead vocals. The album won two GRAMMY’s, one for Brecker for “Chan’s Song” and one for Taylor for “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight”.

Selected Brecker Bros. discography with Randy Brecker:
Brecker Bros. (1975) (with Don Grolnick, Bob Mann and David Sanborn)
Back to Back (1976) (with Steve Gadd, Don Grolnick and David Sanborn)
Don’t Stop the Music (1977) (with Steve Gadd, Don Grolnick and Lou Marini)
Blue Montreux (1978)
Heavy Metal Be-Bop (1978)
Detente (1980) (with Steve Gadd, Don Grolnick, Steve Jordan and David Spinozza)
Straphangin’ (1980)
Return of the Brecker Brothers (1992) (with David Sanborn)
Out of the Loop (1994) (with Steve Jordan)

Selected solo discography:
Michael Brecker (1986)
Don’t Try This at Home (1988) (with Don Grolnick)
Now You See It… (Now You Don’t) (1990)
Tales from the Hudson (1996)
Two Blocks from the Edge (1997)
Time is of the Essence (1999) (with Larry Goldings)
Nearness of You: The Ballad Book (2001) (with James Taylor)
Wide Angles (2003)