Brecker Brothers

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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 notable 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, October 26–29, 1976. They also 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.


  • The Brecker Brothers (Arista 1975)
  • Back to Back (Arista 1976)
  • Don't Stop the Music (Arista 1977)
  • Heavy Metal Be-Bop (Arista 1978)
  • Detente (Arista 1980)
  • Straphangin (Arista 1981)
  • Return of the Brecker Brothers (GRP 1992)
  • Out of the Loop (GRP 1994)
  • Merge (with Jack Wilkins) (Chiaroscuro 1996)
  • Reunion (with Jack Wilkins) (Chiaroscuro 2001)


  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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