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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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  4.   Sneakin' Up Behind You
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  6.   African Skies
  7.   Grease Piece
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  9.   Squids
  10.   Squish
  11.   You Left Something Behind
  12.   Inside Out
  13.   Keep It Steady (Brecker Bump)
  14.   Slick Stuff
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  16.   Slang
  17.   Tee'd Off
  18.   A Creature of Many Faces
  19.   When It Was
  20.   The Nightwalker
  21.   Straphangin'
  22.   Jungle Walk
  23.   Skunk Funk
  24.   That's All There Is to It
  25.   The Christmas Waltz
  26.   Sozhino (Alone)
  27.   Oh My Stars
  28.   Levitate
  29.   Twilight
  30.   Rocks
  31.   And Then She Wept
  32.   Harpoon
  33.   Baffled
  34.   Don't Get Funny With My Money
  35.   Not Tonight
  36.   You Ga (Ta Give It)
  37.   Roppong!
  38.   Spherical
  39.   Sozinhi by Mike Stern
  40.   On the Backside
  41.   Wakaria (What's Up?)
  42.   Above & Below
  43.   Big Idea
  44.   King of the Lobby
  45.   Song for Barry
  46.   East River
  47.   I Don't Know Either
  48.   Dream Theme
  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.   Don't Stop the Music
  56.   Threesome
  57.   Bathsheba
  58.   Jacknife
  59.   Why Can't I Be There
  60.   Spreadeagle
  61.   Finger Lickin' Good
  62.   Funky Sea, Funky Dew
  63.   Bring Back the Funk
  64.   As Long as I've Got Your Love
  65.   Good Gracious by Mike Stern
  66.   Secret Heart
  67.   It Took a Long Time by David Sanborn
  68.   Cactus
  69.   Band Introductions
  70.   Can't Stop the Mosh
  71.   Lovely Lady
  72.   Petals
  73.   Pandemonium
  74.   If You Want to Boogie
  75.   D.B.B.
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