All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Randy Brecker

Randy Brecker

Jazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament/Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa.

Born in 1945 in Philadelphia to a musical family, Randy’s musical talent was nurtured from an early age. He attended Indiana University from 1963-66 studying with Bill Adam, David Baker and Jerry Coker and later moved to New York where he landed gigs with such prominent bands as Clark Terry’s Big Bad Band, the Duke Pearson Big Band and the Thad Jones Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra.

In 1967, Randy ventured into jazz-rock with the band Blood, Sweat and Tears, but left to join the Horace Silver Quintet. He recorded his first solo album, ‘Score’, in 1968, featuring a young, then unknown 19 year-old tenor saxophonist named Michael Brecker.

After Horace Silver, Randy joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers before teaming up with brother Michael, Barry Rogers, Billy Cobham, and John Abercrombie to form the seminal fusion group ‘Dreams’. The group recorded two adventurous and wildly acclaimed albums: ‘Dreams’ and ‘Imagine My Surprise’ – now collector’s items – for Columbia Records before they disbanded in 1971.

In the early 1970s, Randy performed live with many prominent artists including Larry Coryell’s Eleventh House, Stevie Wonder and Billy Cobham. He also recorded several classic albums with his brother under the leadership of the great pianist/composer Hal Galper.

Read more

Tags

Album Review
Read more articles

Photos

Albums

Stories

Autumn Hill Records
2021

buy

Live at the Berlin...

Origin Records
2021

buy

Live At The Berlin...

Origin Records
2021

buy

Plays Jobim Vol. 2

Alfi Records
2021

buy

Imaginary World

Blue Hour Productions
2021

buy

Touch Me

Azzurra Music
2021

buy

This Is the Thing

From: Live at the Berlin...
By Randy Brecker

Blue Roses

From: Variations Of Relevance
By Randy Brecker

Any Way

From: The Runner Up
By Randy Brecker

A Night In Calisia

From: Randy Brecker plays Wlodek...
By Randy Brecker

Salt Water

From: The Runner Up
By Randy Brecker

Sambop

From: Randy in Brasil
By Randy Brecker

Watch

Similar

Shop Amazon

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.