Tonight’s show features the premier of new arrangements of Michael Brecker’s compositions, trumpeter Randy Brecker, a quartet that Jazzthetik Magazine called “a powerhouse”, and a saxophonist that Jazz Life Magazine called “one of the best in the world.”
“Smoking and intense” is how Randy described the San Francisco-based quartet’s CD of the music played without trumpet, “Live at the Baked Potato!” (on Summit Records), which features tenor saxophonist Tod Dickow and Charged Particles: pianist Greg Sankovich, bassist Aaron Germain, and drummer Jon Krosnick.
The CD is “staggering in its authenticity. The sheer force of Dickow’s lines lift the entire band, while his Breckerian authority immediately commands our attention”, said Bill Milkowski, author of Michael Brecker’s biography, Ode to a Tenor Titan. Downbeat said Dickow “produces exciting, satisfying stuff.” LA Jazz Scene said the record is “a joyful listen, full of spark and spunk.”
Tod Dickow, tenor saxophone
Randy Brecker, trumpet
Greg Sankovich, piano
Aaron Germain, bass
Jon Krosnick, drums