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Pat Metheny – 80/81 (1980): Track by track through a classic

Pat Metheny – 80/81 (1980): Track by track through a classic

Released 35 years ago, ’80/81′ comfortably visits “out” material and more straight ahead jazz, with a healthy introduction to Pat Metheny’s idea of “folk jazz.”

Joey Calderazzo, “Mike’s Song” from Going Home (2015): One Track Mind

Joey Calderazzo, “Mike’s Song” from Going Home (2015): One Track Mind

Joey Calderazzo’s “Mike’s Song” keeps his fallen leader Michael Brecker’s spirit alive and strong with nary a single note blown from a horn.

Best Steely Dan saxophone solos: Steely Dan Sunday

Best Steely Dan saxophone solos: Steely Dan Sunday

Here are Steely Dan’s five best sax solos, selected in tandem by our panel of Steely Dan authorities.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Every Day [I Thank You]” (1980)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Every Day [I Thank You]” (1980)

A definite 80/81 standout track, “Every Day (I Thank You)” features Michael Brecker at his most expressive. There are many interviews out there where Pat runs out of superlatives when talking about Brecker’s work on this song. It’s not hard to see why.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Open” (1980)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Open” (1980)

There are many reasons to look wistfully back at this ensemble, thinking of how great it would have been to see them perform live. That list is tops out with “Open.”

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Two Folk Songs” (1980)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Two Folk Songs” (1980)

I have to admit that intellectually, I was not prepared for 80/81. I had not yet listened to enough jazz music. American Garage, First Circle, Kind of Blue and Weather Report’s 8:30 rounded out nearly my entire listening discography. It just wasn’t enough. And even when I finally took the deep dive, the enormity of this body of music wasRead More

Something Else! sneak peek: Randy Brecker, “First Tune of the Set” (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Randy Brecker, “First Tune of the Set” (2013)

He was a founding member of Blood Sweat & Tears, a part of Billy Cobham’s seminal fusion band Dreams and one-half of one of the most exciting rock-jazz combos of the 70s and early 80s, the Brecker Brothers.

Gimme Five: More 1980s fusion albums that don’t, you know, suck

Gimme Five: More 1980s fusion albums that don’t, you know, suck

A couple of years ago I set out to shine a light on stellar fusion records in a decade where the genre started running out of ideas, passion and gumption.

Steely Dan Sunday, "Maxine" (1982)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** We all like to think that Steely Dan’s music is distinguished by sly lyrics, complex harmonies, elite musicianship and sharp production. While those attributes might be found in nearly every Steely Dan song, the most instantly recognizable feature is not any of those things.

Remembering Michael Brecker, five years later

Hard to wrap my mind around the fact that as of yesterday, Michael Brecker has been dead for five years, now.

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