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The Brecker Brothers

In the '70s, brothers Michael and Randy Brecker co-led a band of New York session big shots that included, at various times, David Sanborn, Don Grolnick, Will Lee, and George Duke, among others. When they chose, the Brecker Brothers Band could be one of the most intelligent and creative fusion outfits. Chief composer/trumpeter Randy's best tunes were structurally unpredictable, melodically intricate, and harmonically complex, inside/out bop heads played in an impossibly precise manner over a bed of funk rhythms. Unlike the bulk of jazz-funk (then and now), the Breckers -- on their first record, at least -- kept the pandering to a minimum. Though it had a certain commercial appeal, 1975's Back to Back was an artistic success as well. The Brothers' music was a smart combination of extended pop forms, top-notch jazz improvisation, and sophisticated compositional techniques. On later albums, the temptation to sell lots of records apparently became too great to resist. Even the otherwise excellent first record bore some marks of disco, and with each subsequent album, the band's creative IQ shrank by several points. Still, virtually every record had something of substance to recommend it. In the early '90s, RCA issued a pair of compilation CDs that combined the best of the band's purely instrumental, jazz-based work. By 1982, the brothers had ceased working together, but did reunite for touring and recording in the early '90s. ~ Chris Kelsey, Rovi
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Saw them at McCormick Place. Chgo..30 plus yrs. Ago w/Will Lee on bass + a percussionis t . The way it should be. ..
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Grease Piece......s e z it all about BB
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Michael was at a whole 'nother level . I think the only player that comes close today is Chris Potter . I have had a lot of favorite sax players over the decades but Brecker was always the man . The thing about Michael though is I never cared much for his own albums . He was at his best with Steps and Neil Larsen ,McCoy Tyner as well It was so disappointin g buying a new Brecker CD and hoping for a taste of that level of music and just not getting it .
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If you want to hear a bionic sax solo listen to michael blow on Zappa's Live in New York album. The Purple Lagoon... mind blowing.
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By the way Chris, you wouldn't know good music if it bit you on your a**.
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East river Was a damn great tune
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The worst review I have ever read. Sell outs? No real ears on this clown.
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The first I heard was Heavy Metal Be-bop. It was back in early 80s in Russia. My friends musician could not believe that music was recorded live. The precision is so incredible.
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(cont) To jump on the bandwagon of accusing players of "selling out" is lazy and irresponsibl e journalism. You can play with integrity in ANY style. Well, maybe not you, but a true professional can.
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This clown, Chris Kelsey, is a classic example of those that can't, become critics. Listen to his youtube clip of Blue Monk duet with a guitarist. Gtr plays wonderful leading chords while Kelsey mindlessly ignores the changes. Classic "this is a blues so I'll just play the blues scale ad nauseam." So do you think Sanborn is irrelevant as a jazz musician because he recorded"smo o t h jazz?" The disco beat was just that. A beat. Maybe that's exactly what they wanted? To jump on the bandwagon of accus
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thebelen3
Their best work was with Steps Ahead
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WOW there is some great horns! They didn't produce much but what came out was great. No mention of work on SNL. That is the first I heard them. RIP Michael.
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Yes, we lost a remarkable composer and player when MIchael died. I remembered hearing he had cancer, and it just knocked me over.
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steve5121
So sad to hear of Michael's passing away. I think it was 2010.
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us rock cats got turned onto herbie and chick and the organ guys so now we had more stuff on our menu.
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Yes, where is Back to Back? Great band. I miss hearing the Breckers together.
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this is wonderful music!
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brad950
Heavy Metal Be-bop is an incredible live album!
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sounds real goooood to me
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wonder if the brecker bros were on the bsand tears spinning wheel tour. seen them at mont st col nj
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I believe they also had another album, in the early-mid `70`s titled "Back to Back". It was a really great set. Wonder why it`s not listed here!!
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almost everytime you heard a horn section in jazz and funk, you would go to the credits and find the brecker bros.. they really helped out a lot of artist sells with their talent, as well as their own.
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Dream early 70
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nollerda
Check out the live Some Skunk Funk to hear MB use a wah pedal with his sax. Bizarre. Awesome. Rockin.
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what can be said about these guys that hasn't... good stuff! enjoy, DCB, interesting, please post if you find any info on DREAMS.
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dcblackmax
Does anyone have a line on where I can find anythoing on the Brecker Brothers first band....DREA M S . . . which included Billy Cobham on drums. They produced one or two albums in the 1969-71 time period . I cannot find ANY MENTION OF THE GROUP OR THOSE ALBUMS ANYWHERE
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jhsilva19
unbelieveabl e ..
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will miss 'seeing' Michael in performance but there is a wealth of music to remind one of the magic he made with his brother Randy and as a soloist leading his own groups. The 'tenor' giant! And the master trumpeteer! These are the Brecker Brothers... Smokin' indeed!
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These cats are smokin. U-Dig!!!

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