Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Wide open. In a Sentimental Mood. Rest In Peace, Michael Brecker

The latest challenge of the Photo Thursday was "avara". Wide open, I'd translate. And here is my sad avara photo.

It is the Senate Square in the centre of Helsinki, with some paper scraps. Due to the Climate Change everything is dark, snowless (AGAIN). And you should see the sea, it's right behind those buildings on the left. The sea level is high up, and rising.

And next to the statue of Czar Alexander II, of Russia, there is the Dark Angel, see:

Very sad news have reached the world of music: Michael Brecker has died on Saturday the 13th at age of 57. The cause of death was myelodysplastic syndrome, a bone-marrow disorder, which finally progressed to leukemia.

The New York Times put it beautifully: "Having taken a deep understanding of John Coltrane’s saxophone vocabulary and applied it to music that merged with mainstream culture — particularly jazz fusion and singer-songwriter pop of the 1970s and 80s — Mr. Brecker spread his sound all over the world.

His long list of sideman work from then on wended through hundreds more records, including those by Frank Zappa, Aerosmith, James Brown, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Lou Reed, Funkadelic, Steely Dan, John Lennon, Elton John, and James Taylor, as well as (on the jazz side) Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Papo Vasquez."

My CD collection exactly.

Before I get to tumble In a Sentimental Mood (do watch and listen to that one!) I have to add something dynamic: DO NOT forget to sign the petition before Jan 22, remember? It's the one I put here the other day, see the title "Sign this".

And: Hey! Let's be careful out there! (<- where was that from, anybody?)

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