As the consummate Jazz Musician, the late, great Saxophonist Michael Brecker was reverred by students and fans alike. His legacy continues to grow as the years go by with the likes of Bill Milkowski who wrote the definitive biography on Michael, Ode to a Tenor Titan: The Life and Times and Music of Michael Brecker and Sher Music Co. with the release of their latest publication The Practice Notebooks of Michael Brecker.
I have included the press release below so that you can get a general idea of what the publication has to offer. From what I have seen so far it looks to be a wonderful read for all.
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Petaluma, CA, June 7, 2023 – Sher Music Co. proudly presents “The Practice Notebooks of Michael Brecker,” an extraordinary release that grants unprecedented access to the inner workings of one of the greatest saxophonists in jazz history. This remarkable publication offers a rare opportunity for musicians to dive deep into the mind of a jazz legend and unlock the secrets of his improvisational mastery.
Featuring over 700 beautifully engraved entries, “The Practice Notebooks of Michael Brecker” chronicles 35 years of Brecker’s artistic journey, capturing his inspirations, ideas, and musical explorations that he felt were worthy of preserving.
This publication also includes first-hand accounts and reflections from Brecker’s bandmates and collaborators, including Joey Calderazzo, John Patitucci, Richie Beirach, Steve Khan, Dave Liebman, and others. These personal recollections will greatly aid the reader to incorporate Brecker’s vocabulary into his or her own playing.
With rave reviews from Chris Potter, Brad Mehldau, Jerry Bergonzi, Randy Brecker, Maria Schneider and many more, “The Practice Notebooks of Michael Brecker” is more than a mere collection of exercises; it is a testament to the passion, dedication, and unwavering pursuit of excellence that defined Brecker’s career. Through his journals, readers gain access to a wellspring of musical ideas, technical exercises, and improvisational concepts that Brecker meticulously documented and continuously refined.
Sher Music Co., a renowned publisher of jazz educational materials, is honored to bring this extraordinary publication to the world. “The Practice Notebooks of Michael Brecker” is not just a celebration of Brecker’s legacy, but also an invitation for musicians of all levels to immerse themselves in the thought process and practice habits of a true jazz titan.
To celebrate the launch of this landmark publication, Sher Music Co. is offering “The Practice Notebooks of Michael Brecker” in both print and digital formats at https://www.shermusic.com/9780991077359.php. Musicians and jazz aficionados can now embark on their own transformative journey, embracing the wisdom and inspiration that Brecker’s notebooks offer.