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Randy Brecker & Mats Holmquist: Together (MAMA)

Don’t be misled by the billing. Although Randy Brecker’s trumpet is featured throughout this album with Finland’s UMO Jazz Orchestra, the creative force behind the project is clearly composer Mats Holmquist, whose inventive, coloristic arrangements are what ultimately keep Together together. Take “All My Things,” which somehow finds a common thread between Jerome Kern’s “All the … Read More “Randy Brecker & Mats Holmquist: Together (MAMA)”

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Randy Brecker: RandyPOP!

Early in his career, Randy Brecker learned something important: When you’re as adaptable-and as talented-as he is, you can get lots of work. The trumpeter, often in tandem with his late saxophonist brother Michael, performed sideman duties on hundreds of recordings by all kinds of artists, not only in jazz but also R&B, rock and … Read More “Randy Brecker: RandyPOP!”

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Randy Brecker/Bobby Shew: Trumpet Summit Prague: The Mendoza Arrangements

High-brass firepower is the theme of Trumpet Summit Prague, and there’s plenty of the good stuff to go around, thanks to the on-point playing and improvising of a trio of trumpeters. Here, American players Randy Brecker and Bobby Shew, and Jan Hasenöhrl, founder of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, join forces with the CSNO and … Read More “Randy Brecker/Bobby Shew: Trumpet Summit Prague: The Mendoza Arrangements”

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Randy Brecker: The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion

The backstory is that Randy Brecker was putting together a band for an engagement at the Blue Note when he realized that all of the musicians he was recruiting were alumni of different iterations of the Brecker Brothers, the renowned fusion band he and his saxophonist brother Michael ran in the ’70s. Randy decided to … Read More “Randy Brecker: The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion”

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The 20th Estoril Jazz Festival: Brecker Brothers, Frank Wess, Grilled Sardines, and More

The Estoril Jazz Festival closely reflects the personal tastes of its charismatic founder, Duarte Mendonça, whose lifelong passion for no-nonsense, straightahead jazz dates back to 1948 and is equaled only by his love of vintage racing cars. Mendonça has been bringing quality jazz to this idyllic seaside slice of Portugal since 1974 with relatively few … Read More “The 20th Estoril Jazz Festival: Brecker Brothers, Frank Wess, Grilled Sardines, and More”

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