Personalities | Brecker Brothers | Seventies | Jazz & Blues

(Randy Brecker, trumpet, flugelhorn, b. 1945; Michael Brecker, tenor and soprano saxophone, EWI, 1949–2007)

Philadelphia-born brothers Randy and Michael Brecker were already experienced players when they collaborated with drummer Billy Cobham in 1970 to form Dreams, one of the first groups to attempt combining elements of jazz and rock. In 1975 the siblings formed the Brecker Brothers. Over six years, the band was one of the most popular in jazz, featuring musicians such as David Sanborn, George Duke and Don Grolnick. The brothers reformed briefly in 1992, by which time Michael had established himself as one of jazz’s pre-eminent soloists.

Styles & Forms | Seventies | Jazz & Blues
Personalities | Roy Buchanan | Seventies | Jazz & Blues

Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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