Osaka Blue Note, the 2nd set,Feb.26th,2000
Michael Brecker(tenor sax),
The show started with the song "Arc Of The Pendulum", that is also the first tune on their latest album. It gave the same mellow impression as the album. Michael played at his ease in loose rhythm created by the rhythm section. The playing left something to be desired for the audience but Michael himself seemed to be playing in a relaxed mood with a smile. It was impressive in a way compared with his usual tense style. He'd been playing with bands that had more aggressive rhythm sections such as "Steps", "Brecker Brothers Band", and his own band for a long time. So this time, he might have wanted to play his saxophone more freely on such looser rhythm section with more free space for him.
Two new songs from the latest album followed. His usual powerful rendition, up-tempo improvisation, appeared at the end of the 2nd tune. The third one "Renaissance Man" was a kind of bluesy tune and Idris Muhhamad's rhythm pattern and Adam Rogers'unexpected funky backing guitar playing that is different from Pat Metheny's, were very effective and matching nicely with this tune. Michael was as terrific as ever when playing this type of funky tune.
Adam Rogers joined this tour instead of Pat Metheny who worked on "Time Is Of The Essence". Pat created an integrated sound in the album but Adam created an impressive clearer and heavier sound. His technique is amazing but a little hard on the ears. He performed his fleet-fingered runs, and produced a deep funky sound. As for the formation of each phrase, if he can integrate it better, he will be an asset to this band for future.
In a change of pace, Michael and Larry Goldings started the next tune "Round Midnight", composed by Thelonius Monk and made a jazz standard by Miles Davis. Their rendition had a misty feeling. The last song was " Song For Biblo " composed by Pat Metheny, from the album "Tales From The Hudson". There was no encore but the show itself lasted for more than one and a half hours. It was a great live performance.