I just found out that Michael Brecker, the most brilliant, sexy-tenor-saxophone player ever, died in January this year of some rare and weird illness.
Just get a load of his playing in this video — turn up the volume:
This was the concert that Dave and I saw in Perth with Simon when it toured in 1991 — and it remains the single most outstanding concert I've ever been to, the one where I thought that if I ever won a few million dollars in the lottery, I'd get Paul Simon to put it all together again!
And when we saw Paul Simon in concert in Los Angeles in 2006, and again in New York just the other week, I kept looking for Michael Brecker and hoping to hear him play that wonderful smoky solo again, in one of the most perfect songs.
He had an incredible career with 15 Grammys and session spots on hundreds of albums. I am so sad that he's gone.