Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Michael Brecker / M. C. Escher

Music Playlist: Michael Brecker "Quiet City", "Escher Sketch" and "Sea Glass". Michael Brecker is a jazz saxophonist extraordinaire, one of the true virtuosos of our time. I love his recordings from his solo albums to collaborations with his brother Randy Brecker and Mike Mainieri of Steps Ahead. Michael Brecker is currently battling for his life. He has a blood disorder called MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome) which some doctors say is an early form of leukemia although it doesn't always progress into leukemia. For details on how you might be able to help, please visit his site at www.michaelbrecker.com.

Here is an excerpt of a letter by his wife, Susan Brecker:

<<<...Michael Brecker, has been diagnosed with MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome) and it's critical that he has a bone marrow or blood stem cell transplant (which has nothing to do with embryonic stem cells). The initial search for a donor, including Michael's siblings and children, has not resulted in a suitable match. A match for Michael would be most likely come from those of Eastern European Jewish descent. If you or anyone you know are in this category please make a special effort to immediately get tested.>>>

A little about the image I posted: The picture on the "Now You See It, Now You Don't" album cover is a famous work by one of my favorite artists, M. C. Escher, called Sky and Water (woodcut, 1938). Please check out the M. C. Escher official site or another great M. C. Escher link here to see Sky and Water in detail and more of his mindbending works which were often inspired by mathematics. Famous works include Relativity (1953), Drawing Hands (1943) and House of Stairs (1951).