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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.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1977 Don't Stop the Music 1
1980 Detente 1
1981 Straphangin' 3
1991 The Brecker Brothers 1
1992 Return of the Brecker Brothers 2
1994 Out of the Loop 2
1996 Brecker Bros. 1
1999 Priceless Jazz Collection 1
2002 Score 1
Back to Back 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1990 The Brecker Bros. Collection, Volume 1 Compilation 1
1997 East River Compilation 1
2006 Sneakin' Up Behind You: The Very Best of The Brecker Brothers Compilation 1
The Brecker Bros. Collection, Volume 2 Compilation 1
The Brecker Brothers Compilation Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1978 Heavy Metal Be-Bop Live 2
1994 Live Live 1

Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1993 Live at Bottom Line, Nagoya Live 1

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