Time Is of the Essence

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Time Is of the Essence
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ReleasedOctober 1999
Studio Avatar, New York City
Genre Jazz
Label Verve
Producer George Whitty
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Time Is of the Essence is Michael Brecker's sixth album as a leader. It was recorded at the Power Station and Right Track in New York City. The record is notable for guitarist Pat Metheny’s strong presence and three outstanding drummers- Jeff “Tain” Watts, Bill Stewart and the legendary Elvin Jones- who each play on separate tracks.


Track listing

All tracks composed by Michael Brecker; except where indicated

1."Arc of the Pendulum" 8:59
2."Sound Off"Larry Goldings6:05
3."Half Past Late" 6:06
4."Timeline"Pat Metheny6:06
5."The Morning of This Night" 7:41
6."Renaissance Man (for Eddie Harris)"George Whitty8:34
7."Dr. Slate" 7:39
8."As I Am"Pat Metheny6:48
9."Outrance" 10:07




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  2. Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 168. ISBN   978-0-141-03401-0.