NEW YORK — Following a two and a half year battle with MDS and then leukemia, tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker passed away on January 13, 2007. During his lifetime Brecker won 11 Grammy Awards and was among the most influential musicians in jazz since the 1960s. His discography, containing more than 900 albums, started in 1969, playing on the record “Score,” with a band led by his brother, the trumpeter Randy Brecker. His technique on the saxophone was widely emulated, and his style was much-studied in music schools throughout the world. Jazziz magazine recently called him “the most influential tenor stylist of the last 25 years”.
Michael Brecker dies at age 57 (1949-2007)
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