TIR 112: Randy Brecker Tells How Brothers Became Funk-Jazz Horn Honchos


Brought to you by FUNKNSTUFF.NET and hosted by Scott Goldfine — musicologist and author of “Everything Is on THE ONE: The First Guide of Funk” ― “TRUTH IN RHYTHM” is the interview show that gets DEEP into the pocket with contemporary music’s foremost masters of the groove.

Featured in TIR Episode 112 (2 parts): A true giant of modern music — trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker, who for more than 50 years has been one of the most active and recorded horn players of all time.

From releasing his first solo album in 1968 to recording six albums from 1975-1981 with his sax-playing sibling Michael as the acclaimed Brecker Brothers to collaborating with greats including Horace Silver, George Benson, Bob James, Idris Muhammad, Jaco Pastorius, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Lonnie Smith, Alphonse Mouzon, Stanley Turrentine, Grover Washington, Lenny White, Dennis Chambers, Chick Corea and Spyro Gyra — Randy Brecker has carved out an amazing jazz and jazz fusion legacy.

But that is only part of the story as he has also been involved with myriad R&B, funk, rock and pop projects. Those include Blood, Sweat & Tears, Lou Reed, Aerosmith, George Clinton and Parliament, Bootsy’s Rubber Band, Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Winter, Average White Band, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Chaka Khan, Carly Simon, Breakwater, Kleeer, Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Chic, Frank Sinatra, Bette Midler, Robert Palmer, Todd Rundgren, Bill Withers, J. Geils Band, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Diana Ross, Joe Cocker, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa, Liza Minelli, Yoko Ono, James Brown and The Spinners.

Brecker’s contributions to contemporary music are staggering, and he discusses it all here.