The Brecker Brothers was the musical duo of Michael (saxophone, flute, and EWI) and Randy Brecker (trumpet, flugelhorn), who recorded commercially successful jazz fusion albums together in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. They had a notable hit single with "East River" in 1979. It reached #34 in the UK Singles Chart.
Older brother Randy first became famous as an original member of the group Blood, Sweat & Tears. He appeared on their debut album Child Is Father to the Man in 1968. In addition to recording their own compositions, the brothers frequently played together as session musicians on albums by many other artists. They were heard on Todd Rundgren's hit "Hello It's Me" which reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972. Other notable appearances include Parliament's Mothership Connection and the debut album of the Japanese fusion group Casiopea. The brothers were touring as members of Frank Zappa's band in the late 1970s and appeared on the 1977 album Zappa in New York. Both brothers also had prolific recording careers as leaders of their own ensembles.
Their collaborations came to an end in 2007, when Michael Brecker died from leukemia.
- The Brecker Brothers (Arista 1975)
- Back to Back (Arista 1976)
- Don't Stop the Music (Arista 1977)
- Heavy Metal Be-Bop (Arista 1978)
- Detente (Arista 1980)
- Straphangin (Arista 1981)
- Return of the Brecker Brothers (GRP 1992)
- Out of the Loop (GRP 1994)
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums, 19th, London: Guinness World Records Limited.
- [Brecker Brothers at All Music Guide Profile] at Allmusic
|Michael Brecker Discography|
|As a Leader|
|Wide Angles | Nearness of You | Time Is of the Essence | Two Blocks From the Edge | Tales From the Hudson | Now You See It | Don't Try This At Home | Michael Brecker|
|As a Co-Leader|
|Directions in Music: Live at Massey Hall | Gathering of Spirits | Cityscape|
|Live in Tokyo | Magnetic | Modern Times | Steps Ahead | Paradox | Step By Step | Smokin' In the Pit|
|The Brecker Brothers|
|Out of the Loop | The Return of the Brecker Brothers | The Straphangin | Detente | The Heavy Metal Be-Bop | Don't Stop the Music | Back To Back | The Brecker Brothers | The Collection, Vol. 1 | The Collection, Vol. 2|