A priority book for the autumn – Ode to a Tenor Titan: The Life and Times and Music of Michael Brecker

Here's the cover of new Bill Milkowski book Ode to a Tenor Titan: The Life and Times and Music of Michael Brecker. Milkowski is one of the very best jazz authors around acclaimed particularly for Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco …

Published: 16 Aug 2021. Updated: 33 days.

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Here's the cover of new Bill Milkowski book Ode to a Tenor Titan: The Life and Times and Music of Michael Brecker.

Milkowski is one of the very best jazz authors around acclaimed particularly for Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius.

The new 408-page book, published by Backbeat in October, follows Brecker's career from Philly days on to New York at the end of the 1960s where he became one of the most in-demand jazz session players in the city and later a pace-setting bandleader of global renown in his own right.

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Details of October Out of Nowhere Cool It Records Kristian Borring release

Sometimes past gigs are erased from the memory bank even when they were enjoyable. Others never leave and live in the present such as a piano-guitar duo gig held in an east London Japanese restaurant music venue six years ago when within the …

Published: 16 Aug 2021. Updated: 30 days.

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Sometimes past gigs are erased from the memory bank even when they were enjoyable. Others never leave and live in the present such as a piano-guitar duo gig held in an east London Japanese restaurant music venue six years ago when within the benevolent womb of the Brilliant Corners sound Kristian Borring on his bespoke Victor Baker-designed guitar, and Bruno Heinen perched at a simple upright piano, were playing material largely drawn from their beautiful Bill Evans themed album of the time Postcard to Bill Evans.

On Out of Nowhere Borring, start with Johnny Smith a bit on Johnny Smith Plus the Trio (Roost, 1960) when thinking of where the Dane needs to build from in terms of the Johnny Green title track although more of a Jim Hall head, is back this autumn with an excellent new Cool It Records album to be released on 5 October. A retro quartet affair, with the London-based player are: bassist Mick Coady; pianist Rick Simpson, heard recently tearing it up with Leo Richardson playing the Bud Powell role leaning into Jazz at Massey Hall material at the Hampstead Jazz Club to be broadcast on Jazz FM on Sunday night; and superb Kairos 4tet drummer Jon Scott.

Out of Nowhere tracks, a 2019 recorded studio affair, include originals by Borring, a radiant version of Charlie Parker's 'Bloomdido' and the standard and title track 'Out of Nowhere' itself. Full track list: 'Five To Six,' 'Epsilon Eridani,' 'Three Rivers,' 'Palace Fever,' 'Out Of Nowhere,' 'What You See Is All There Is,' 'Hipster' and 'Bloomdido'.

Kristian Borring, top left, Mick Coady, Rick Simpson, Jon Scott