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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

Across the Universe

Label: earMUSIC
Released: 2020
Track listing: Here Comes The Sun; Golden Slumbers Medley; Dear Prudence; Norwegian Wood; Mother Nature’s Son; Strawberry Fields Forever; Yesterday; Your Mother Should Know; Hey Jude; I'll Follow The Sun; Julia; Till There Was You; Here, There And Everywhere; Octopus's Garden.

Stories

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Hurry Up!; Elements; The '70s; Stories; Don't Forget Your Jacket; A Simple Song; Altitude; BB's Blues.

Variations Of Relevance

Label: Blue Canoe Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Between The Clouds; Blue Roses; Ligeti; Night Of The 7 Moons; Rimembranze; Scarlet Letters; Sonnet Melancholia; Thruthful Intentions; Three Views Of A Secret

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Cocaine Years

Read "The Cocaine Years" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Listeners of a certain age will remember the Saturday Night Live “sound"--all squealing saxophones and twice-removed soul gestures. In this podcast we talk about one possible precursor to the sound and three of its best known practitioners--some of whom may or may not have partaken in Bolivian Marching Powder from time to time. No Pop Matters ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2020

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal  2020" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

2020 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Various Venues Montréal, Canada June 27-30, 2020 Above all else the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is a spectacular ten-day event: with around 2 million visitors and 500 concerts on 20 stages, it is ranked as the world's largest jazz ...

Jazz Musicians Up Against A Virus

Read "Jazz Musicians Up Against A Virus" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

In the last year or so Good Times became the first jazz club in years to operate in Savannah, Forte Jazz Lounge sprouted up in Charleston and Middle C arrived in Charlotte. The Charleston Jazz Orchestra became a hub renamed to Charleston Jazz, providing both big band and small group concerts with unprecedented success. And, of ...

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Blue Roses

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Label: Blue Canoe Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 03:28

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Tamir Hendelman: The Many Colors and Cultures of Tamir

Read "Tamir Hendelman: The Many Colors and Cultures of Tamir" reviewed by Jim Worsley

With so many talented jazz pianists over the years, it can be a challenge to make your own mark or carve out your own identity. Many fine musicians have simply blended into the scene, seemingly unnoticed, due to a lack of singularity that sets them apart. Tamir Hendelman crashes that barrier with a signature sound that ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

50th Anniversary Blue Notes for June

Read "50th Anniversary Blue Notes for June" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Blue Note 50th anniversaries from June 1970, just two though: Horace Silver (That Healin' Feelin') and Lou Donaldson (Pretty Things). There was also a Reuben Wilson session, but it was never released, and only the 'vault gods' know if it was any good. But you know there's more (don't you?). 21st century music from the Posi-Tone ...


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