The Brecker Brothers

The Brecker Bros. Collection, Vol. 1

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During 1975-1982, Michael Brecker and his brother Randy regularly teamed together as the Brecker Brothers, generally playing R&B/funk with Randy's trumpet often electrified (à la Miles of a few years earlier) while Michael stuck to hot licks on his John Coltrane-influenced tenor. Certainly the musicianship of their various bands (which often included David Sanborn on alto) was quite high, but the grooves and vamps were much closer to R&B than to jazz. This CD reissues music from at least five of the Brecker Brothers' albums, and the electronics (at the time so up to date) sound somewhat dated today. There are some strong moments on the best-of disc, particularly the ballad "Dream Theme." The die-hard Brecker Brothers fans will prefer to get the complete sessions on the original LPs, but this makes a nice sampler for casual fans.

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