I very clearly remember when Michael Brecker started his concert by faking the sound of Miles Davis with an “electronic/synthesizer saxophone”, myriad of wires hanging everywhere. I was sitting at less than 2 meters in front of him, on the stage, in the Louvain la Neuve auditorium. My friend Alex thinks it was in 1987.

Steps Ahead’s Modern Times album must be one of the first “jazz” albums I bought, even before “Friday Night in San Francisco”. When Phillipe Baron played Safari on the radio, I knew I had to have that vinyl record!

When I brought it at home, I think I’ve heard that tune a dozen times.

Although it’s late notice, I just realized he past away a year ago. I think he did contribute (like John McLaughlin) in my discovery of Jazz. Thanks a lot Mike.

http://www.patmethenygroup.com/breckertribute_layout.pdf