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THE BRECKER BROTHERS BAND REUNION with RANDY BRECKER, MIKE STERN, DAVE WECKL & MORE

2011-09-16
Showtime: 10:30PM
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Brecker Brothers Band Reunion: Randy Brecker, Mike Stern & Dave Weckl
FEATURING:
Randy Brecker, trumpet
Ada Rovatti, saxophone
George Whitty, keyboards
Mike Stern, guitar
Will Lee, bass
Dave Weckl, drums
Oli Rockberger, vocals & keyboards

Long regarded as one of jazz's pioneering fusion outfits, The Brecker Brothers boasted two of the best players in the music's history - trumpeter Randy Brecker and saxophonist Michael Brecker. Together they forged a sound that became a template for modern electric jazz, scoring that rare double-headed achievement of commercial and artistic success.

CHECK OUT RANDY BRECKER PERFORMING THE BRECKER BROTHERS CLASSIC "SOME SKUNK FUNK" WITH THE NORRBOTTEN BIG BAND


Founded in 1975, the Brecker Brothers was one of the first acts signed to the then-fledgling Arista Records. Recording six albums and garnering seven Grammy nominations from 1975-1982, the band enjoyed immeasurable influence. The group flaunted a smart combination of musical devices: sophisticated compositions, intricate melodies, and inside-out bop heads played over funk rhythms. These elements, along with Randy's virtuosic trumpet work and Michael's burning saxophone playing and innovative work on the EWI ("electronic wind instrument"), combined to attract some of the finest players on the scene to join the band: Terry Bozzio, Hiram Bullock, Dennis Chambers, Steve Gadd, Don Grolnick. Steve Khan, Will Lee, Chris Parker, David Sanborn, Mike Stern, Luther Vandross, Dave Weckl, and Lenny White, among others. This cast of all-star musicians added luster and allure to the group's overall appeal.

After a hiatus of nearly a decade, the Brecker Brothers reunited in 1992 for the GRP album Return of the Brecker Brothers, which earned three Grammy nominations. The band completed a world tour and then returned to the studio in 1994 to record Out of the Loop, which won two Grammys - one for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance, and one for Best Instrumental Composition for Michael's "African Skies." On tour once more, they became the first international contemporary jazz group to perform in mainland China, including sold-out shows in Beijing and Shanghai.

Even now, almost two decades after this reunion, the Brecker Brothers remains one of the seminal bands in the history of jazz. As Chuck Berg declared in Jazz Times, "[Recordings of the Brecker Brothers'] music still crackle with the magnetic brand of high-energy, high tech virtuoso playing [and] writing that characterizes the work of the Philadelphia-bred duo to this day ... The kind of pivotal role played by Bird in bebop, or Miles in modal improvisation, is similar to that played by the Breckers vis--vis jazz-funk."

Though Michael Brecker died in 2007, tonight's performance at the Blue Note finds trumpeter Randy Brecker inviting to the stage many of those key musicians who helped forge the group's timeless sound.

 

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