The word virtuoso is defined as, "a musician who is a consummate master of technique and artistry." or "… an individual who possesses outstanding technical ability at singing or playing a musical instrument."
When I decided to that I was going to be a serious (classical) musician, I regarded this word with esteem and respect. I saw the aspiration for virtuosity as a means of achieving self-actualization, and decided to dedicate my life towards this realization. However, like so many things, after six years of conservatory training the shine wore off this word and I fear that I have lost my reverence for the beautiful. After all, art is the habit of the artist. Nevertheless, it is my intent to use this platform to (re)discover, admire, and share music/musicians of the highest caliber, in any and all genres, strictly for the purpose of listening to Music worth listening to.
Today's installment is a performance of Naima from jazz saxophonist Michael Brecker.
Michael Brecker: Naima
2001 would have been the 75th birthday for both Miles Davis and John Coltrane. With this in mind, Herbie Hancock (piano) Michael Brecker (tenor sax) Roy Hargrove (trumpet) Brain Blade (drums) and John Patitucci (bass) took off on tour to serve homage to these giants of Jazz. On October 25, 2001 a live performance from this tour was recorded in Toronto, it was entitled Directions in Music: Live at Massey Hall.