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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

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

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.

Bob Thiele's Flying Dutchman Records: Ten High Altitude Albums

Read "Bob Thiele's Flying Dutchman Records: Ten High Altitude Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Bob Thiele is best remembered for his years as the artistic director and house producer of Impulse!. He took over from founder producer Creed Taylor in 1961 and stayed with the label until 1969, when he left to run his own Flying Dutchman Records. Thiele's tenure at Impulse! was its most glorious period, when Thiele curated ...

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Drummer Bob Holz To Release New Album Featuring Rolling Stones Bassist Darryl Jones And Trumpet Legend Randy Brecker

Drummer Bob Holz To Release New Album Featuring Rolling Stones Bassist Darryl Jones And  Trumpet Legend Randy Brecker

Jazz Fusion legend Bob Holz will release his fifth album for MVD Audio in late 2020. The record is titled Holz-Stathis Collaborative. Joining Bob Holz is Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones. Both Bob Holz and Darryl Jones have played with the late jazz fusion guitarist Larry Coryell. Bob Holz wrapped up a busy 2019 which included ...

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Al Di Meola: Across the Universe

Read "Across the Universe" reviewed by Doug Collette

Al Di Meola's Across The Universe reaffirms how ideally the music of the Beatles translates into the eclectic style he forged early in his career. It's not as if the multi-instrumentalist/composer hadn't already made the point with All Your Life (inakustik, 2013), but this second, similarly conceived album is not only worth savoring repeatedly on its ...

Take Five with Bartosz Hadala

Read "Take Five with Bartosz Hadala" reviewed by Bartosz Hadala

Meet Bartosz Hadala Bartosz Hadala was born in Stalowa Wola, Poland and started his musical education at the age 7 at the local School of Music. Still as a teenager he participated in competitions, workshops and festivals. He became the youngest finalist in the Mieczyslaw Kosz International Jazz Piano Competition at the age 15. Two years ...

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Alice Soyer: A Tale of Two Wings

Read "Alice Soyer: A Tale of Two Wings" reviewed by Jim Worsley

To think of Alice Soyer is to immediately get in touch with your feelings. Soyer is a most accomplished composer, pianist, and vocalist, who also brilliantly shares her distinct impressions through her drawings and paintings. Born and raised just outside of jny: Paris, Soyer's art, in any form, denotes the cherished moments and adventures of her ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Silvio Amato: Variations Of Relevance

Read "Variations Of Relevance" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Silvio Amato has a well-established career as a composer, arranger, and film scorer. Amongst other projects, the Italian-born pianist has written soundtracks for major motion pictures, a multitude of pieces for children's television programming, theme songs for a variety of television shows, and has been highly successful with ice ballets. His compositions for Peter Pan, Snow ...


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