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Michael Brecker - Tales From the Hudson

Michael Brecker ::|:: Tales From the Hudson – [GRP, 1996]

Tales from the Hudson is the strongest of Brecker’s recent jazz releases, following a return to acoustic improvisation after earlier fusion releases with the Brecker Brothers. A modal jazz-fest, with admirable support from bassist Dave Holland, drummer Jack DeJohnette and percussionist Don Alias, the album is packed with great tunes including a passionate acoustic reworking of African Skies and Metheny’s Song for Bilbao, both featuring McCoy Tyner.

You could criticize it though for being a light-weight production, heavier on lyricism than rhythmic and harmonic complexity, but complaining that the music is not challenging enough misses the point. This is simply a straight forward album of great jazz, and one that I’d happily recommend to both the casual listener and the jazz aficionado.

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