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Ode to a Tenor Titan: The Life and Times and Music of Michael Brecker by Bill Milkowski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is an exhaustive biography of my favorite jazz musician, Michael Brecker, written by an expert jazz journalist.
There is an incredible amount of detail in this book, with interviews of dozens of musicians and others, documenting the various phases of Brecker's life. It does not flinch on the tough times of his life, and celebrates his triumphs.
For me, the gold in this book is the discography. Brecker is on thousands of recordings, but Milkowski selects the recordings that are the most important, or the most impactful, or the most historical, or the ones where Brecker simply shone.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but if you are not a fan of jazz, and to some extent, New York, you might find the detail overwhelming.
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