Media is reporting that Michael Brecker is seriously ill with myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood disorder. He cancelled dates with Steps Ahead 2005 and appears doubtful for concerts with the Saxophone Summit Band. Mr. Brecker is my hero for the skill, imagination, courage and passion which characterize his playing. He has fended off junk and long-term throat problems. He also has risen above lucre -- how many people can say that they abandoned a top-call studio-player's living to make the music they hear? His playing has had a profound effect on so many players, including me. I hope you'll join me in sending positive, healthful vibes his way.