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The Brecker Brothers

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In the '70s, brothers Michael and Randy Brecker co-led a band of New York session big shots that included, at various times, David Sanborn, Don Grolnick, Will Lee, and George Duke, among others. When they chose, the Brecker Brothers Band could be one of the most intelligent and creative fusion outfits. Chief composer/trumpeter Randy's best tunes were structurally unpredictable, melodically intricate, and harmonically complex, inside/out bop heads played in an impossibly precise manner over a bed of funk rhythms. Unlike the bulk of jazz-funk (then and now), the Breckers -- on their first record, at least -- kept the pandering to a minimum. Though it had a certain commercial appeal, 1975's Back to Back was an artistic success as well. The Brothers' music was a smart combination of extended pop forms, top-notch jazz improvisation, and sophisticated compositional techniques. On later albums, the temptation to sell lots of records apparently became too great to resist. Even the otherwise excellent first record bore some marks of disco, and with each subsequent album, the band's creative IQ shrank by several points. Still, virtually every record had something of substance to recommend it. In the early '90s, RCA issued a pair of compilation CDs that combined the best of the band's purely instrumental, jazz-based work. By 1982, the brothers had ceased working together, but did reunite for touring and recording in the early '90s. ~ Chris Kelsey
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  2.   Some Skunk Funk
  3.   Sneakin' Up Behind You
  4.   Scrunch
  5.   Sponge
  6.   Grease Piece
  7.   African Skies
  8.   Evocations
  9.   Squids
  10.   Squish
  11.   You Left Something Behind
  12.   Inside Out
  13.   Slick Stuff
  14.   Keep It Steady (Brecker Bump)
  15.   Levitate
  16.   Twilight
  17.   Oh My Stars
  18.   Don't Stop the Music
  19.   Skunk Funk
  20.   When It Was
  21.   You Ga (Ta Give It)
  22.   Straphangin'
  23.   It Took a Long Time by David Sanborn
  24.   Band Introductions
  25.   That's All There Is to It
  26.   The Christmas Waltz
  27.   Sozhino (Alone)
  28.   D.B.B.
  29.   A Creature of Many Faces
  30.   Rocks
  31.   And Then She Wept
  32.   Harpoon
  33.   Secret Heart
  34.   Slang
  35.   Don't Get Funny With My Money
  36.   Not Tonight
  37.   Roppong!
  38.   Good Gracious by Mike Stern
  39.   Spherical
  40.   Sozinhi by Mike Stern
  41.   On the Backside
  42.   Wakaria (What's Up?)
  43.   Above & Below
  44.   Big Idea
  45.   King of the Lobby
  46.   Song for Barry
  47.   East River
  48.   I Don't Know Either
  49.   I Love Wastin' Time With You
  50.   What Can a Miracle Do
  51.   Dig a Little Deeper
  52.   Night Flight
  53.   If You Wanna Boogie...Forget It
  54.   Tabula Rasa
  55.   Petals
  56.   Funky Sea, Funky Dew
  57.   Finger Lickin' Good
  58.   Spreadeagle
  59.   Threesome
  60.   Bathsheba
  61.   Jacknife
  62.   Why Can't I Be There
  63.   As Long as I've Got Your Love
  64.   Baffled
  65.   Dream Theme
  66.   Bring Back the Funk
  67.   Cactus
  68.   Not Ethiopia
  69.   Lovely Lady
  70.   Jungle Walk
  71.   Pandemonium
  72.   Tee'd Off
  73.   The Nightwalker
  74.   If You Want to Boogie
  75.   Can't Stop the Mosh
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