Over the years, Paul Simon has shared the stage and the studio with dozens of exceptional musicians. Steve Gadd and Richard Tee. Ray Phiri, Vincent Nguini and Bakhithi Khumalo. Toots Thielemans and Philip Glass. Few, however, match the virtuosity of Michael Brecker, who died of leukemia in January.
If “Still Crazy After All These Years” is one of those Paul Simon theme songs – specific and universal in the same instant – the sax solo that Brecker innovated is its heart and soul. The New York Times attended a Manhattan memorial concert in Brecker’s honour, where the photo of Paul and Herbie Hancock below was taken (you can read more about it here). Our own tribute is musical – Brecker and Simon together in one of their last of many performances, on “Still Crazy” in 1992.