Murray Low – piano
Aaron Germain – electric bass
Jon Krosnick – drums
Tod Dickov – sax
We have something special this week . A band from the States performing the music of Michael Brecker.
The trio Charged Particles are based in the Bay Area round San Francisco and have been going for 30 years releasing their first record in 1994. Recently they have got together with renowned sax play Tod Dickov to play the music of Michael Brecker and touring the States and the UK to much acclaim.
Dickow is a first-call player on the San Francisco scene and is winner of the Outstanding Soloist Award from Downbeat Magazine. Tod’s playing and composing are powerfully influenced by Michael Brecker. But he is unique in having captured the essence of Michael’s spirit on the instrument, making Tod the perfect artist to perform Michael’s compositions with Charged Particles.
The quartet recently released a live recording of Brecker compositions (“Live at the Baked Potato!” on Summit Records) that was named one of the best CDs of 2021 by Jazzwise Magazine, JazzTimes Magazine, the Jazz Journalists Association, the 16th Annual Jazz Critics Poll, and more. Brecker’s biographer, Bill Milkowski, said the recording is “staggering in its authenticity.” Famed trumpeter Randy Brecker (Michael’s brother) said the recording is “smoking and intense from beginning to end.” Downbeat Magazine said it offers “exciting, satisfying stuff”.
Michael Brecker was a beloved innovator on the tenor saxophone whose unique voice and approach to the instrument influenced every saxophonist playing jazz today. Winner of 15 Grammy Awards, he was a prolific composer and leader of a range of different bands, as well as a guest performer with many other ensembles. He was awarded some of the highest honors in jazz, including an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee College of Music and induction into Downbeat Magazine’s Hall of Fame.