Brecker Brothers that was released by Arista Records in 1978. The album also includes the studio track "East River", which reached number 34# in the UK singles chart in November 1978.
Recorded live in New York, this explosive set of jazz, funk, and rock material was without question ahead of its time. Michael and Randy's use of electronically altered saxophone and trumpet sounds is amazing.
This is just an absolute JEWEL. Zappa fans will recognize Terry Bozzio
in addition to the Brecker brothers themselves, and MAN, what a combo!
Michael Brecker just shreds on every solo, and Randy finds nuances with
the "electric trumpet" that have never been heard before or since. Some
will want this for the novelty of the electric tenor sax and trumpet,
but there are FINE examples of modern BeBop solos here, over a
high-powered rhythm section that kicks and jumps all over everything the
soloists lay down. This is the kind of rhythm section that can make
ANYBODY sound good, but the Brecker brothers talent is unmatched; a
combination that presents an order of magnitude. Bass players NEED to
hear Neil Jason, and guitar players NEED to hear Barry Finnerty on this.
Blistering tight unison lines will prove once again why Zappa saved his
most intricate horn passages for these guys, and why you won't hear
them at tempo with anybody else. I sincerely hope for more of this
largely unexplored flavor of jazz. I haven't found anything else that
quite measures up to this.
"Heavy Metal Be-Bop" is a land mark fusion recording. The first tune is
from the studio and the rest are recorded from a smoking live set. "East
River" is the studio tune and is vocal. The song has a funky bassline
and is fun but compared to the rest of the disc it is out of place. The
rest of the disc is unreal. The band consists of Neal Jason on bass,
Barry Finnerty on guitar, Terry Bozzio on drums, Michael Brecker on Sax,
and Randy Brecker on trumpet. "Inside Out" is a Randy Brecker tune and
Randy, Michael and Barry all have some fun with it. The tune is basic
(For the Brecker Brothers) and they all play over the groove set by
Bozzio/Jason. "Some Skunk Funk" is another Randy Brecker composition and
a classic. This is one of the funkiest tunes that I have ever heard and
the brothers play some of the greatest horn lines that you will ever
hear. There are also some unison lines and the power of the band is on
par with metal. "Sponge" is another funky piece and it features the
explosive drumming of Bozzio. The band trades fours throughout Bozzio's
rhythmic wizardry. "Funky sea, Funky Dew' is a Michael Brecker
extravaganza. He takes the studio version and improves on it. Not only
is his playing during the song great but there is a solo at the end that
is amazing and then he is joined by just the bass of Jason which
elevates him to a level that is beyond words. "Squids" is the closer to
this set and has the brothers ,once again, playing over some serious
funk. This disc is one of the greatest I've ever heard and is the
greatest Horn orientated fusion disc ever. I only wish that there were
more than five live songs but those five are worth any price. As highly
recommended as anything can be.
This is the most incredible music ever, no BB album has surpassed this. A
live album with Terry Bozzio having just joined the band after leaving
Frank Zappa. The version of Some Skunk Funk is worth the whole price.
Phenomenal! Will leave you out of breath and panting for more. One
studio track kind of ok, an attempt at top 40, but the rest is - wow!
Line up is guitar, bass, drums and Breckers. Randy plays some organ and
uses a harmonizer to add 5ths and 4ths to his trumpet, so it sounds like
more than just 2 horn players. Just hard to imagine what this would
have been like to see live. Too bad it wasn't a double album when it was
released in the late 70's. I want more of this!
1.East River (3:38)
2.Inside Out (9:32)
3.Some Skunk Funk (7:01 )
5.Funky Sea,Funky Dew (8:03)
6.Squids (7:57 )
Total Time 41:55
- Randy Brecker / electric trumpet, keyboards
- Michael Brecker / electric tenor sax
- Barry Finnerty / guitars, GuitarGanizer, background vocals
- Terry Bozzio / drums, background vocals
- Neil Jason / bass, lead vocals
- Sammy Figueroa / percussion
- Rafael Cruz / percussion
- Kask Monet / handclaps, percussion, background vocals
- Jeff Schoen / background vocals
- Roy Herring / background vocals
- Paul Schaeffer / fender rhodes
- Victoria / tambourine
- Alan Schwartzberg / drums
- Bob Clearmountain & friends / handclaps