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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

Live at the Berlin Philharmonic, 1977

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Now Hear This; Speak with a Single Voice; I’ll Never Stop Loving You; Triple Play; This Is the Thing; Hey Fool.

Live At The Berlin Philharmonic 1977

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD 1: Now Hear This; Speak With One Voice; I'll Never Stop Loving You. CD 2: Triple Play; This Is The Thing; Hey Fool.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Benjamin Koppel: Curiosity Won't Kill This Cat

Read "Benjamin Koppel: Curiosity Won't Kill This Cat" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Benjamin Koppel is an extraordinary Danish musician from an illustrious music family. He is all about music--of just about any kind. He's always absorbing it, discovering what there is to derive from it. A kind of restless desire to explore envelops him. He simplifies it in his own words: he's curious. It comes naturally to him. ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Tom Kennedy: Stories From Behind and Beyond The Bass

Read "Tom Kennedy: Stories From Behind and Beyond The Bass" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Tom Kennedy has never considered himself a prospector, but surely has tapped into a goldmine. As if releasing a hotshot new record wasn't enough, the world class jazz and fusion bassist is in compositional bliss with a bevy of new material yet to be recorded. Kennedy and I talk at length about his new writing technique ...

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This Is the Thing

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 12:33

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Random Selection Of The Best New Releases From 2020

Read "A Random Selection Of The Best New Releases From 2020" reviewed by Len Davis

A selection of new releases from 2020... including late 2019. Playlist Scott Henderson “Satellite" from People Mover (Self Produced) 00:00 Terje Rypdal “Conspiracy" from Conspiracy (ECM) 05:56 Tom Kennedy “The 70's" from Stories (Self Produced) 11:57 Randy Brecker-Eric Marienthal “Fast Lane" from Double Dealin' (Shanachie) 17:57 Jakob Manz Group “Endless Space" from Natural Energy ...

Stories

Label: Autumn Hill Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Hurry Up!; Elements; The '70s; Stories; Don't Forget Your Jacket; A Simple Song; Altitude; BB's Blues.

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.


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