Randy Brecker Quintet

"His crisp, clean trumpet sound and decidedly melodic approach combined to offer an entirely delightful musical expression that could well serve as a beacon for contemporary jazz."

- Los Angeles Times

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"Brecker creates a smooth jazz sound that's enlivened by earthy rhythms, electronic swagger, and a snappy complexity."
- The Philadelphia Inquirer

Jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker was born in Philadelphia to a musical family that included his brother Michael, a remarkably influential tenor saxophone innovator. until his death from leukemia in 2007, that stunned the jazz world. The brothers had created individually successful careers, but they shared a very special bond, often working together from 1975 on, as the Brecker Brothers Band, which garnered five GRAMMY Awards with their final two recordings.

Randy's career has been fascinating, actually amazing, as he has been in constant demand in multiple genres beyond jazz, landing dates with Frank Sinatra (and Frank Zappa!), James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan, and Jaco Pastorius, all following on the heels of solid jazz stints with both Horace Silver and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Randy is a supremely gifted player who adds a solid dimension to every musical situation and configuration. He is most comfortable in his own band, a hard-swinging quintet with Randy's wife, Ada Rovatti, sharing the frontline. The group often gives more than a nod to the unforgettable Brecker Brothers.

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