The Brecker Brothers Live at the Bottom Line, 1976!

Bottom LineWhy is this the first and only official live release by The Brecker Brothers Band, you ask? Perhaps surprisingly, it documents a group that rarely played live, much less toured extensively. This is due in part to a 1970 s music world with the constraints of a vital studio scene, wherein virtuoso musicians were kept busy tracking for television, movies, commercials, and all styles of solo spots and horn sections – regardless of musical style. We were making a living in the recording studios, recalls Brecker. The clubs paid next to nothing, as did ‘opening act’ gigs. Clive Davis was always begging us to go out on the road, but we weren’t going to blow the studio work.

Without a doubt, loud & proud describes this first Brecker Brothers Band in action. The group is put into 4-wheel drive by the sleekly-grooving, well-oiled machine that is the nimble rhythm team of Will Lee, Chris Parker and Sammy Figueroa. They constantly supply the connective tissue and hold down an undeniable and indelible groove. Keyboardist Grolnick s electric piano solos are oh-so-elegant, and he delivers the necessary clavinet funk. Guitarist Steve Khan steps up as yet another of the band s dynamic soloists, and he makes sure to bring the rock when the rock is required. The resultant blend of mayhem and form, abandon and razor-sharp execution, makes for an unparalleled meeting of clan-collective minds.

“The London Concert” by Don Grolnick

DON_GROLNICK_BOOK_ITUNESPeter Erskine has re-issued on his own label Fuzzy Music, Don Grolnick The Complete London Concert including the long lost second set.
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Trumpet Story: The Bill Warfield Big Band (feat. Randy Brecker)

Warfield_BBBill Warfield pays homage to influential trumpeters and composers on Trumpet Story, featuring Randy Brecker.

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“Night in Calisia” Wins Grammy® Award!

grammytrophyRandy Brecker with Włodek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic receives Grammy® Award for Night In Calisia for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album!

Grammy® Nomination for “Night in Calisia”

grammy-nominations-list-2014Randy Brecker with Włodek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic receives Grammy® nomination for Night In Calisia for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album!

‘Night in Calisia’ wins Album of the Year in Poland!

On Friday, October 18th, the recent CD by Randy Brecker and Wlodek Pawlik; “Night in Calisia” was honored as the Album of the Year in Poland, by Polish National Television, at a Gala event at the Grand Theatre in Lodz.

The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion – CD/DVD Set




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New York, September 13, 2013 – Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, trumpeter Randy Brecker and his younger, sax-playing brother Michael helped define a sub-genre by blending sophisticated jazz harmonies and searing solos with slamming funk grooves and a visceral energy that grabbed rock ears. The Philly-born Brecker Brothers set the tone for a generation of aspiring musicians who followed.

“When the band started back in the day, the original intent was to do a Randy Brecker record,” Randy explains. “We were rehearsing tunes every week with Michael, Don Grolnick, David Sanborn, Steve Khan, Chris Parker and Will Lee. Somehow, producer Steve Backer had gotten wind of the rehearsals. He knew of us – Michael and I had played together in Dreams, Billy Cobhamʼs band and Horace Silverʼs quintet. He rang me and said, ʻIf you call this band The Brecker Brothers, Iʼll sign you tomorrow to Clive Davisʼ new label, Arista Records.ʼ” Randy recalls his first inclination was to say no, because “I wanted to do my own record,” but he ultimately relented. “And thatʼs how this whole thing started.”

Sadly, in 2005 Michael Brecker was diagnosed with the blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), and died from complications of leukemia on January 13, 2007.

During the process of assembling a band for a week-long engagement at New York Cityʼs Blue Note jazz club last year for a solo record, Randy realized that all the musicians he has contacted have played in various editions of The Brecker Brothers Band: bassist Will Lee (who served the earliest incarnation of the group in the mid-ʻ70s), along with guitarist Mike Stern, keyboardist George Whitty and drummer Dave Weckl (veterans of the early ʻ90s edition). Filling in for his late brother is saxophonist Ada Rovatti, an accomplished improviser and bandleader, also known as Randyʼs wife and the mother of their four-year- old daughter, Stella. “Here it is 30-some years later, Iʼm getting set to do another solo record, and the Brecker Brothers thing creeps in again,” Randy says. “In fact,” he continues, “the club billed it as ‘Brecker Brothers Band Reunion’. At first I wasnʼt crazy about the idea. But the week was sold out, it became an event, and fans loved hearing the old tunes along with the new ones. I realized this band was my legacy.”

This set of original compositions, among them tunes like “Some Skunk Funk” and “Straphangin”, brings back the excitement of the 70s with the technological advances of the 21st century. Add to the mix, the appearance of Randroid, a vocalist fans of Randy Brecker will recognize.

Randy Brecker and former members of the studio and touring bands have reconvened to make new, exciting music. The story continues.

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New Record with Wlodek Pawlik

RB_NightInCalisiaMulti-Grammy Award winner and jazz legend Randy Brecker is back and sounding ‘sweeter’ than ever with a heart-touching musical ‘celebration’, written and brought to life for Randy by the multi-talented Polish composer and trio leader, Wlodek Pawlik.

This recording is the result of a musical contribution to the celebration of the 1850th anniversary of Kalisz, the oldest city in Poland. The culmination took place in June of 2010 with a concert called ‘’Night in Calisia’’. The event was such a success the musicians decided to go into the studio to record the project nearly two years after the concert. The result is a heartwarming work of art – The world premiere of a truly special project celebrating the city’s anniversary.

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New Collaboration with Mike Stern

77xallover-cdRandy Brecker is special guest on one of his favorite collaborators, Mike Stern’s new album, “All Over The Place.” The 11-song set aligns the characteristically diverse and adventurous guitarist with a cadre of brilliant guests, including keyboardist/producer Jim Beard; trumpeter Randy Brecker; rhythm guitarist Leni Stern (Mike’s wife); saxophonists Kenny Garrett, Chris Potter, Bob Franceschini and Bob Malach; and drummers Dave Weckl, Keith Carlock, Lionel Cordew, Al Foster, Kim Thompson and percussionist Tim Keiper. Also on hand is a delegation of high-caliber electric and acoustic bass players: Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona, Victor Wooten, Anthony Jackson, Dave Holland, Tom Kennedy, Will Lee and Victor Bailey. Order Now.

New CD with Danish Radio Orchestra

Recently recorded a great CD with the Danish Radio Orchestra; a couple of my tunes and the rest well known themes like “Cry Me A River” and “The Immigrant” from Godfather 2. To be released 2011.

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