For All Treble Clef Instruments
Michael Brecker
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Edition: Paperback Book, Treble Clef Instruments

Description: 141 Pages; Intermediate to Advanced Levels


 What a treasure to have access to these notebooks! Such an inspiration, on every level.”
— Chris Potter

The legendary saxophonist Michael Brecker kept extensive notes on things to practice over the whole span of his career. This book contains over 700 entries, beautifully re-engraved from his hand-written notebooks.

For All Treble Clef Instruments (since Michael often advised "Play in all keys")

  • 35 years of Michael Brecker's musical inspirations at your fingertips!
  • First-hand accounts of how Michael actually worked on these ideas from his bandmates Joey Calderazzo, John Patitucci, Richie Beirach, Steve Khan, Dave Liebman, etc.
  • An appendix of his saxophone-specific ideas on fingerings, multiphonics, etc.
  • For intermediate as well as advanced musicians - you don't have to be a genius to learn from a genius!
  • 141 pages


 Wow, incredible! This will become an invaluable piece of Mike's legacy, and a valued resource.”
— Susan Brecker

 What an achievement. I'm excited for all my tenor and soprano saxophonist friends and colleagues, but more broadly though, this book is a fascinating look into the mental process of a musician who has had an impact on so many musicians and listeners.”
— Brad Mehldau

 You can get right inside Mike's head if you spend time studying and internalizing these hundreds of musical ideas and theories. Have fun seeing where they lead you! You'll be very surprised with your advancement and your own ideas which will start to formulate too in the process.”
— Randy Brecker

 Wow. What a treasure trove of information. So much love and dedication put into his music. I read a tea leaf once that said the mind is like a computer as it gives you back the information the same way you put it in. Mike left no stones unturned!”
— Jerry Bergonzi

 Thanks for bringing Michael's music to more and more people. Your catalog is a gift and godsend for musicians.”
— Peter Erskine

 This is an invaluable look into the musical mind of Mike Brecker and deep insights into how he meticulously created a path to developing his very personal approach to the existing jazz vocabulary. What's even more amazing is that even though you will see a great intellect at work, it is the overwhelming humanity of Mike's sound that permeates all his technical achievements. Recommended without reservation!!”
— Richie Beirach

 This is an amazing method for compiling vocabulary for use in improvisation, plus a whole lot of great ideas to experiment with. A beautifully done book, reminding me that I miss Michael Brecker every day.”
— Mike Stern

 That such an artist would have documented so much of the meticulous work that fed his artistry is rare. For others to have access to such an archive is miraculous. For all of us to be able to witness the dedication and hard work it took to make Michael the great artist he was is inspiring. To say this is a treasure trove is beyond an understatement.”
— Maria Schneider

 A genuine Master musician at work. It's inspiring to get an in-depth look at Michael's process. His life and artistry is a gift to us all.”
— Donny McCaslin

 This is a great project and I'm so happy that you put this together. Michael Brecker has been a huge inspiration in my life with his music and to glimpse into his practice journals is a wonderful treat.”
— Seamus Blake

 Mike Brecker was a towering figure on the saxophone, and I was fortunate to have played with him a lot during our younger years. This amazing compilation offers great insight into his methods. Remember, Mike was never satisfied and I'm sure he practiced each bit of material here in all keys, and turned it around every which way until he found ways to use it creatively. I'm looking forward to delving into it myself!”
— Barry Finnerty

 A really great book. Mike is a treasure in our music. Always a student as well as a leader. I was fortunate to have Mike on a few of my record dates. He would call me to discuss certain chord changes and would ask me how I approached the harmony in improvisation. He was always searching and reaching for new heights in his musical expression. A beautiful soul. This book really shows Mike's commitment to his personal growth and exploration. There are so many fantastic musical insights here. Go slow and take it in!”
— Alan Pasqua

 Chuck Sher and his staff have provided a finely organized, in-depth look into the dedication, passion, and extraordinary creativity of Michael Brecker's musical journey.”
— Denny Zeitlin

 What a treasure to have access to these notebooks! Besides the invaluable musical material, what shines through is the patience, humility, generosity, and persistence of Michael Brecker's artistic devotion. He brought such focus and dedication to every note he ever played, and here we have a glimpse into his process. Such an inspiration, on every level.”
— Chris Potter

 The book looks great. Wish I'd had this 40 years ago!”
— Tim Armacost