Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone, Producer, Arranger
Gil Goldstein Producer, Arranger, Orchestra Arranger
Jason Olaine Executive Producer
Alex "Sasha" Sipiagin Trumpet
Robin Eubanks Trombone
Peter Gordon French Horn
Steve Wilson Alto Flute, Flute
Iain Dixon Bass Clarinet, Clarinet
Charles Pillow Oboe, English Horn
Mark Feldman Concertmaster, Violin
Joyce Hammann Violin
Lois Martin Viola
Erik Friedlander Cello
Adam Rogers (1-4, 6-10) Guitar
John Patitucci Bass
Antonio Sanchez Drums
Daniel Sadownick Percussion
Michael Brecker is the most celebrated tenor saxophonist of his generation. His astonishing technical prowess and imaginative command of his instrument, and chameleon-like facility in any musical setting have given him uncommon scope. For the past 30 years a sought-after session player who has appeared on over 800 jazz, pop, and rock albums, he has also, simultaneously, become one of the most daring, impassioned solo artists in jazz, a peerless improviser and restlessly inventive composer. A nine-time Grammy award winner, Breckerís previous recordings have all been muscular, highly-praised small-group outings dominated by his own compositions.
Wide Angles is a suite of compositions arranged for an ensemble of 15 players (a quindectet) that proves Brecker to be one of the foremost composers in jazz as well as a genius of his instrument.
In these performances Brecker achieves an inspired fusion of virtuosity and lyricism, power blowing and evocative story-telling, edgy explorations and grooving earthiness, make Wide Angles Michael Breckerís most ambitious and personal work to date.
All compositions by Michael Brecker except track 6 by Michael Brecker and George Whitty, and track 8 by Don Grolnick.
Produced by Michael Brecker and Gil Goldstein
Arranged by Michael Brecker with additional arrangement by Gil Goldstein.
Except tracks 3, 6, and 8 arranged by Gil Goldstein