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Randy Brecker

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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

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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.

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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.

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Unify

Label: ARC - Artists Recording Collective
Released: 2021
Track listing: First Tune Of The Set; Dirty Dogs; Marble Sea; Never Grow Old/PeterPan; (I Have) So Much To Tell You; The Slag; Ghost Stories; Fly Away: Megan's Dance; Do You Wanna Know What I Want.

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Imaginary World

Label: Blue Hour Productions
Released: 2021
Track listing: Trailblazer; New Day; Daybreak; Living Underground; Discovery; Boulevard East; Tiger Lily; Looking Back; Turbocharged; Time's Arrow; Imaginary World.

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Touch Me

Label: Azzurra Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Years of the Sun; Cycles; The Beach of the Dreams; Smile; Lunatic Man; Face to Face; Detroit; Touch Me; X-Soul; Bon Voyage.

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Plays Jobim Vol. 2

Label: Alfi Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Dindi; Summer Samba; A Felicidade; So Danco Samba; Caminhos Cruzados; How Insensitive; Triste; The Girl from Ipanema; Once I Loved; Favela; Meditation.

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Wonderful World

Label: Ultimate Vibe
Released: 2021
Track listing: How Insensitive; Night and Day; Autumn in New York; Estate; What a Wonderful World; On Green Dolphin Street; Alfie; Falling in Love with Love; Sunrise; Maxine; My Foolish Heart.

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Article: Rising Stars

Baritone Saxophonist Tate Hanlon: Winner of Gerry’s Jazz Challenge

Read "Baritone Saxophonist Tate Hanlon: Winner of Gerry’s Jazz Challenge" reviewed by Sanford Josephson


This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. The names of the judges in the Gerry & Franca Mulligan Foundation's Gerry's Jazz Challenge competition among high school music students were kept anonymous. The results, though, were anything but mysterious. The contestants were judged on five categories: notes, sound, technique, intonation, and presentation. ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Mark Murphy: An Essential Top Ten Albums

Read "Mark Murphy: An Essential Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Peter Jones


Revered by jazz singers the world over, Mark Murphy is barely known to the general public--which is curious, since he enjoyed a recording career that lasted more than half a century, made 48 albums in his lifetime, and played thousands of gigs with hundreds of musicians from Norway to Australia. A notoriously mercurial and secretive character, ...


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