Wide Angles

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Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
Wide Angles is Michael Brecker's most ambitious work, capping a discography marked by creative achievement and popular acclaim. Framing his sound with a 15-piece, A-list creative orchestra comprising brass, woodwinds, and a string quartet, he treats the recital as an extended saxophone concerto, placing his instrumental voice front and center for at least 60 minutes of the 70-minute program. Aided by orchestrator extraordinaire Gil Goldstein, Brecker takes stock of the syntax that has defined his tonal personality -- challenging intervals, exotic scales, dark harmonies, post-Coltrane progressions, supercharged grooves, and poetic lyric passages -- and completely ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
Wide Angles is Michael Brecker's most ambitious work, capping a discography marked by creative achievement and popular acclaim. Framing his sound with a 15-piece, A-list creative orchestra comprising brass, woodwinds, and a string quartet, he treats the recital as an extended saxophone concerto, placing his instrumental voice front and center for at least 60 minutes of the 70-minute program. Aided by orchestrator extraordinaire Gil Goldstein, Brecker takes stock of the syntax that has defined his tonal personality -- challenging intervals, exotic scales, dark harmonies, post-Coltrane progressions, supercharged grooves, and poetic lyric passages -- and completely recontextualizes each component. He spontaneously orchestrates and colors, varies his timbre and attack, never wastes a note or utters an indifferent or clich├ęd phrase, subordinating supreme technique to serve a set of vivid, acutely realized musical stories. It's big-picture playing and writing, covering a lot of ground, and showing that by reaching out to the newer generation of jazz musicians, Brecker -- arguably the most influential tenor saxophonist on the scene -- plans to extend his reach well into the current century.
All Music Guide - David Jeffries
An early 2002 tour of the U.K. found Michael Brecker playing his old material with a larger band that included some instruments usually falling outside the standard jazz combo (i.e., oboe, French horn), providing the genesis for Wide Angles by the 15-piece Michael Brecker Quindectet. The recording makes Brecker the center of attention, and the ten tracks (nine by Brecker along with Don Grolnick's "Evening Faces") are to be considered as a suite according to Brecker and arranger Gil Goldstein. When it sticks to the cerebral and introspective, Wide Angles flows very well, and Brecker is as expressive and inspired as ever. Listeners wanting to hear interactions involving mainstream bassist John Patitucci, the usually experimental violinist Mark Feldman, or any of the other capable players will find their roles too supportive, but with so much focus on the tenor saxophonist, Brecker fanatics will justifiably go ape.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 044007614228
  • Catalog Number: 000028502
  • Sales rank: 354,527

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Broadband (6:46)
  2. 2 Cool Day in Hell (7:51)
  3. 3 Angle of Repose (6:42)
  4. 4 Timbuktu (8:00)
  5. 5 Night Jessamine (5:21)
  6. 6 Scylla (10:40)
  7. 7 Brexterity (6:40)
  8. 8 Evening Faces (7:14)
  9. 9 Modus Operandy (5:27)
  10. 10 Never Alone (5:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Brecker Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Robin Eubanks Trombone, Group Member
Gil Goldstein Conductor
John Patitucci Bass, Group Member
Steve Wilson Flute, Alto Flute, Group Member
Mark Feldman Violin, Concert Master, Group Member
Erik Friedlander Cello, Group Member
Joyce Hammann Violin, Group Member
Lois Martin Viola, Group Member
Adam Rogers Guitar, Group Member
Daniel Sadownick Percussion, Group Member
Antonio Sanchez Drums, Group Member
Charles Pillow English Horn, Oboe, Group Member
Alex Sipiagin Trumpet, Group Member
Peter Gordon French Horn, Group Member
Iain Dixon Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Group Member
Technical Credits
Michael Brecker Arranger, Composer, Producer
Gil Goldstein Arranger, Producer, Orchestration
Don Grolnick Composer
Jay Newland Engineer
Jason Olaine Executive Producer
George Whitty Composer, Digital Editing
Hollis King Art Direction
Nicholas Wilton Illustrations
Greg Galbi Mastering
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Pass on this one

    I'm a Brecker freak, and indeed he plays splendidly on this, however I hardly ever play this album - the arrangements and heads are dissonant, and irritating. The "orchestra" isn't supportive - they get in the way with their dissonant textures and disharmonious lines. The heads aren't singable in any way, and I find myself wanting to fast forward through them to get to the solo sections. However, once I'm there, the orchestra gets on my nerves, and I just eject the disc. Don't buy this if you're looking for the magic of his first album, or the great compositions on Tales From the Hudson. If you like dissonant jazz with overly complex structure and out playing, this is his best. I will sometimes put this disc in, and see how far I can make it before I have to turn it off.

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