Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Brecker Brothers Band - Back to Back, Michael and Randy

Front Cover above, back below...

Back to Back (Arista 1976).  The Brecker Brothers was the musical duo of Michael (saxophone, flute, and EWI) and Randy Brecker (trumpet, flugelhorn), who made jazz fusion albums in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. They had a notable hit single with "East River" in 1979.   The 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.  Other appearances include Parliament's Mothership Connection.  The brothers were touring as members of Frank Zappa's band in the late 1970s and appeared on the 1977 album Zappa in New York.  Both brothers also had prolific recording careers as leaders of their own ensembles.  Their collaborations came to an end in 2007, when Michael Brecker passed away.

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