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Michael Brecker's Quindectet

Friday 8 July 2005 23:30-1:00 (Radio 3)

Jez Nelson presents a concert by US saxophone star Michael Brecker. Generally agreed to be the most imitated saxophonist since John Coltrane, he features in this concert both as soloist and composer with an unusual 15 piece line up including strings, accordion and clarinets. Originally broadcast in part last year, the programme features more music from the concert including a chance to hear Brecker playing the EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument).


1 hour 30 minutes


Michael Brecker's Quindectet Taster
Title: It's Bynne Reel
Composer: Michael Brecker
Arranger: Gil Goldstein

News from the BBC Jazz Awards 2005
Winner of the Jazz on 3 Award for Innovation, Huw Warren, spoke to Jez backstage and then performed a new arrangement of his composition "Sheep" with the BBC Jazz Awards Big Band, led and conducted by Guy Barker.

You can find out the full results of the Awards by visiting this website:

Michael Brecker's Quindectet Live at the Barbican
Recorded 3rd July 2004

Band Line Up:

Michael Brecker - Tenor saxophone
Gil Goldstein - Conductor, keyboards
Alex Sipiagin - Trumpet
Adam Rodgers - Guitar
Boris Kozlov - Bass
Clarence Penn - Drums
Sonia Slaney, Amanda Drummond - Violins
Steve Tees - Viola
Nick Cooper - Cello
Jim Rattigan - French horn
Nichol Thomson - Trombone
Matthias Ambrosios - Clarinet, bass clarinet
Lindsay Wood - Oboe, cor anglais
Tim Ries - Flute, Alto flute

Set List:

Cool Day In Hell
Arc of the Pendulum

Angle of Repose
It's Bynne Reel

All compositions by Michael Brecker and arranged by Gil Goldstein.

Brecker's latest album features the Quindectet and much of the music you've heard on this week's programme. It is called "Wide Angles" and is out on Verve Records.

You can find more information at Mike's website: michaelbrecker.com

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