Pilgrimage

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Given the heartbreaking context in which this album was released -- this was the final recording by saxophonist Michael Brecker, who died of myelodysplastic syndrome and leukemia only a few months before its release -- there might be a certain temptation to cut it some slack for sentimental reasons. However, leniency is hardly needed. Leading a group comprised of jaw-dropping talents pianists Herbie Hancock and Brad Mehldau, guitarist Pat Metheny, bassist John Patitucci, drummer Jack DeJohnette and playing for the first time a program consisting entirely of original compositions, Brecker delivers an emotionally rich and startlingly powerful album of straight-ahead modern ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Given the heartbreaking context in which this album was released -- this was the final recording by saxophonist Michael Brecker, who died of myelodysplastic syndrome and leukemia only a few months before its release -- there might be a certain temptation to cut it some slack for sentimental reasons. However, leniency is hardly needed. Leading a group comprised of jaw-dropping talents pianists Herbie Hancock and Brad Mehldau, guitarist Pat Metheny, bassist John Patitucci, drummer Jack DeJohnette and playing for the first time a program consisting entirely of original compositions, Brecker delivers an emotionally rich and startlingly powerful album of straight-ahead modern jazz that will stand as his musical epitaph and will effectively confound anyone who has ever been tempted to dismiss him as a mere jazz-pop fusioneer. It will also frustrate anyone looking for maudlin emotion or even any obvious product of existential angst; the only concession to sentiment here is on the title of a ballad, "When Can I Kiss You Again?," a quote from Brecker's teenage son during a period in his treatment when his family was not allowed to touch him. But even that track, with its unusual chord progression and sometimes rather arid solos, retains a core of tough-mindedness within the tenderness. Most of the rest of the program consists of uptempo and medium-tempo burners that swing with a powerful sense of urgency and life, and precious little foreshadowing of the tragedy that all involved knew was soon to come. This is a brilliant and inspiring album -- and would be whether or not it had anything to do with the death of one of the great figures in American jazz. This CD was nominated in 2007 for a Grammy award as Best Jazz Instrumental Album Individual or Group, and Brecker's improvisation on "Anagram" was nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • Label: Heads Up
  • UPC: 053361309527
  • Catalog Number: 3095
  • Sales rank: 64,517

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Mean Time (6:56)
  2. 2 Five Months from Midnight (7:41)
  3. 3 Anagram (10:11)
  4. 4 Tumbleweed (9:39)
  5. 5 When Can I Kiss You Again? (9:45)
  6. 6 Cardinal Rule (7:33)
  7. 7 Half Moon Lane (7:18)
  8. 8 Loose Threads (8:36)
  9. 9 Pilgrimage (10:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Brecker Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone, EWI
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Herbie Hancock Piano
Pat Metheny Guitar
John Patitucci Bass
Brad Mehldau Piano
Technical Credits
Michael Brecker Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Gil Goldstein Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Pat Metheny Producer, Audio Production
Michael Bishop Mastering
Joe Ferla Engineer
Steve Rodby Producer, Audio Production
Mark Wilder Mastering
Darryl Pitt Executive Producer
Carolyn Chrzan Guitar Techician
Susan Brecker Art Direction
Indhira Rojas Graphic Design, Art Direction, Cover Art
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