Michael Brecker Don't Try This at Home
- Released: September 24, 1996
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: MCA
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Personnel: Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone, synthesizer); Mark O'Connor (violin); Jim Beard (piano, synthesizer); Don Grolnick, Herbie Hancock, Joey Calderazzo (piano); Mike Stern (guitar); Charlie Haden (acoustic bass); Jeff Andrews (fretless electric bass); Jack DeJohnette, Adam Nussbaum, Peter Erskine (drums); Judd Miller (programming).
Personnel: Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone, keyboards, EWI); Mike Stern (guitar); Mark O'Connor (violin); Jim Beard (piano, synthesizer); Don Grolnick, Herbie Hancock, Joey Calderazzo (piano); Judd Miller (synthesizer); Charlie Haden (acoustic bass); Jeff Andrews (electric bass); Jack DeJohnette, Adam Nussbaum, Peter Erskine (drums).
Audio Mixer: James Farber.
Liner Note Author: George Varga.
Recording information: Master Sound Astoria Studios, Astoria, NY; Power Station Studios, New York, NY.
Photographer: Mark Seliger.
1987's DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME is Michael Brecker's second album as a leader following nearly two decades as an in-demand session musician (Paul Simon, Steely Dan, etc.) and one-half of the Brecker Brothers with his trumpeter brother Randy. It's basically a continuation and refinement of ideas first explored on 1986's MICHAEL BRECKER.
Brecker plays more tenor sax on this album, and his experiments with MIDI synthesizers are better integrated into the whole of the largely acoustic arrangements. Rather than the stable group that backed him on his debut, the cast of DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME reads like a Who's Who of post-bop fusion: Herbie Hancock (playing acoustic piano, not synth), acoustic bassist Charlie Haden, and drummer Jack DeJohnette all make impressive showings in Brecker's largely self-composed and usually quite memorable tunes.
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