Sad News: Michael Brecker, Alice Coltrane

On Saturday, Michael Brecker succumbed to leukemia brought on by MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome), the bone marrow disorder that put him on the sidelines of music until recently. He was fifty-seven years old. The most admired of the legion of saxophonists that arose in the wake of John Coltrane, Brecker influenced a generation of tenor saxophonists who emulated him to the point of outright imitation. Few, if any, achieved his level of invention and individuality. Jazz educators teach his harmonic … [Read more...]

Rod Levitt

Rod Levitt

Rifftides reader Russell Chase writes: Last night, my wife and I watched the 1933 movie 42nd Street on TV. I promised myself that I would listen to Rod Levitt's LP with the same title today. I wound up playing all of the four Levitt LPs that I have. They have always rated very highly among my favorite things. Such consistently interesting writing and fine playing over a span of four LPs is hard to match. When your name popped out of the notes of the Insight album, you were immediately … [Read more...]