Brecker Brothers

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Brecker Brothers
The Brecker Brothers.jpg
Background information
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres Jazz fusion, jazz-funk
Years active 1974–2007
Labels Arista, BMG, GRP, Novus Records
Associated acts Horace Silver, Dreams, Players Association, Frank Zappa
Past members Randy Brecker
Michael Brecker
David Sanborn
Don Grolnick
Doug Riley
George Duke
Mark Gray
George Whitty
Bob Mann
Steve Khan
Hiram Bullock
Barry Finnerty
Mike Stern
Dean Brown
Will Lee
Neil Jason
Marcus Miller
James Genus
Chris Parker
Harvey Mason
Steve Gadd
Lenny White
Terry Bozzio
Steve Jordan
Richie Morales
Dennis Chambers
Ralph MacDonald
Sammy Figueroa
Don Alias
Airto Moreira

The Brecker Brothers was the musical duo of Michael (saxophone, flute, and EWI) and Randy Brecker (trumpet, flugelhorn), who recorded commercially successful jazz fusion albums together in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. They had a hit single with "East River" in 1979. It reached #34 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]

Older brother Randy first became famous as an original member of the group Blood, Sweat & Tears. He appeared on their debut album Child Is Father to the Man in 1968. In addition to recording their own compositions, the brothers frequently played together as session musicians on albums by many other artists. They were heard on Todd Rundgren's hit "Hello It's Me" which reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972. Other notable appearances include Parliament's Mothership Connection and the debut album of the Japanese fusion group Casiopea. They also appeared on Frank Zappa's live album Zappa in New York, which was recorded during a special appearance of the brothers (along with members of the Saturday Night Live band) at Zappa concerts at the Palladium, December 26–29, 1976. They appeared with Quincy Jones on Frank Sinatra's 1984 L.A. Is My Lady album, and were part of the instrumentation of Eric Clapton's 1986 album August. Both brothers also had prolific recording careers as leaders of their own ensembles.

The brothers' collaborations came to an end in 2007, when Michael Brecker died from leukemia.


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  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 77. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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