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Randy Brecker

Randy Brecker is essentially a fine hard bop trumpet soloist, but one versatile enough to fit into nearly any setting, including pop and funk bands, and jazz fusion. He studied classical trumpet and attended Indiana University. Brecker was with Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1967, and spent 1968-1969 playing with Horace Silver's quintet. He also appeared with the big bands of Clark Terry, Duke Pearson, Frank Foster, and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. After playing with the early fusion group Dreams in 1969, he worked with Larry Coryell's Eleventh House and Billy Cobham, in addition to keeping very busy with studio work. He teamed up with his brother, the late Michael Brecker (1949-2007), in the popular funk-oriented Brecker Brothers (1974-1979); in the '80s he often collaborated with his wife, pianist/vocalist Eliane Elias; and in the '90s he toured with the reunited Brecker Brothers.

But Randy Brecker still sounds best when in a freewheeling bebop combo, and fortunately he occasionally records in that type of spontaneous setting. As a solo artist, Brecker has released numerous outstanding albums, including his 1969 debut Score, 1987's In the Idiom with saxophonist Joe Henderson and bassist Ron Carter, 1995's contemporary and Brazilian jazz-infused Into the Sun, 2003's ode to Manhattan 34th N Lex, and 2008's Randy in Brasil. In 2011, Brecker was featured with the DR Big Band and the Danish National Chamber Orchestra on the album The Jazz Ballad Songbook. Also that year, Brecker appeared on saxophonist Richard Cole's Inner Mission album. In 2013, Brecker released The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion, which featured various players who performed with the Brecker Brothers over the years. Two years later, he delivered, RandyPOP!, a concert album showcasing reworked versions of pop songs Brecker had originally appeared throughout his career, including cuts by Donald Fagen, Todd Rundgren, Paul Simon, and more. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Night In Calisia

1. Night In Calisia

2. Amber Road

3. Orienthology

4. Follow The Stars

5. Quarrel Of The Roman Merchants

6. Forgotten Song

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Track List: Randy In Brasil

1. Pedro Brasil

2. Ile Aye

3. Guaruja

4. Me Leve

5. Malasia

6. Sambop

7. Oriente

8. Maca

9. Olhos Puxados

10. Rebento

11. Fazendo Hora

12. Aiaiai

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Track List: Hangin' In The City

1. Overture

2. Wayne Out

3. Hangin' In The City

4. I Talk To The Trees

5. Down For The Count

6. Pastoral (To Jaco)

7. Then I Came 2 My Senses

8. Seattle

9. Never Tell Her U Love Her

10. I Been Through This Before

11. One Thing Led To Another

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Track List: Into The Sun

1. Village Dawn

2. Just Between Us

3. The Sleaze Factor

4. Into The Sun

5. After Love

6. Gray Area

7. Tijuca

8. Buds

9. Four Worlds

10. The Hottest Man In Town

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Track List: Score

1. Bangalore

2. Score

3. Name Game

4. The Weasel Goes Out To Lunch

5. Morning Song

6. Pipe Dream

7. The Vamp

8. The Marble Sea

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Track List: The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion

1. First Tune Of The Set

2. Stellina

3. The Dips**t

4. Merry Go Town

5. The Slag

6. Really In For It

7. Elegy For Mike

8. On The Rise

9. Adina

10. R N Bee

11. Musician's Ol' Lady Dues Blues

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I totally agree with Black Daddy! I too luv' the heck out of Jazz. I could and do listen to it all day at work and when I get home from work!
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Michael Missiras
Trumpet/Corn e t / C o m p o s e r
NYC/ arctic1974@g m a i l . c o m

Here we find Brecker in a Miles Davis 1960s mode. A versatile player who commands many stylistic influences from the great modern trumpet players in jazz. One can also detect a Kenny Dorham influence not only in his playing but in the composition as well. One of the great trumpet players of his generation.
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One swingin' cat...
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People ask me why I listen to jazz, and I tell them...becau s e I don't like people telling me what to do through my music. Especially if it aint what I want to hear...So you "throw ya hands up" "get down" and whatever they tell you to do...cause I aint doin it
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Gentile boppin!!! I dig!!!

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