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The Jazz Ballad Song Book

Randy Brecker

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Randy Brecker is one of the most versatile trumpeters in jazz, easily adapting to a variety of styles, but for these 2010 sessions he is a guest of the DR Big Band, augmented by the strings of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, playing a mix of standards, movie themes, and originals. "All or Nothing at All" is forever associated with Frank Sinatra, but Peter Jensen's colorful scoring makes it a perfect backdrop for the soloist, with an additional feature for Pelle Fridell on baritone sax. "Someday My Prince Will Come" has long been a favorite of jazz musicians, popularized by Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, and Bill Evans; Brecker's buoyant playing in Jesper Riis' breezy arrangement keeps this decades-old gem fresh. John Barry's "Goldfinger" is a bit more of a challenge, but Nikolaj Bøgelund's creative score adds a snappy touch to accompany Brecker's adventurous solo. Brecker's compositions include the hip "I Talk to the Trees" and the multifaceted "Foregone Conclusion," both arranged by Vince Mendoza. The sole jazz standard is a richly textured setting of Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight." While opportunities for a jazz soloist to record with a large ensemble in the U.S. are infrequent, Randy Brecker has joined numerous American artists in going to Europe to create memorable CDs like The Jazz Ballad Song Book.

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Thank you!

Thanks Randy for picking up where your bro left off! His loss makes us all wonder where jazz or music for that matter would have gone. You have the same brains... take us where mikey wanted us to go!
Other than that.. great album... jazz musicians doing what they're supposed to do!!!

Beautiful tone from randy.. i've never heard him show off before... at least on record.. good recording... worth every penny.. and some.. hope they will tour thru chicago

Actually one of the best written arrangment + improv albums i've heard.... seamless

Biography

Born: November 29, 1945 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Randy Brecker is essentially a fine hard bop trumpet soloist, but one versatile enough to fit into nearly any setting, including in the pop world, funk bands, and jazz fusion. He studied classical trumpet and attended Indiana University. Brecker was with Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1967, and spent 1968-1969 playing with Horace Silver's quintet. He also appeared with the big bands of Clark Terry, Duke Pearson, Frank Foster, and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. After playing with the early fusion...
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The Jazz Ballad Song Book, Randy Brecker
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jul 19, 2011

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