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Album Review

On Out of the Loop, Randy and Michael Brecker stepped up to the plate with their second long-player of the '90s, 20 years after their first foray into the jazz-funk-fusion realm. The album is surprisingly strong, and any fears of a paint-by-numbers attempt to cash in on past glories are quickly dispelled with the opening "Slang," which is reminiscent of Amandla-era Miles. Here, as throughout the disc, Michael's sax solo burns with abandon, while brother Randy's trumpet glides across a tastefully smooth and melodic terrain. "African Skies" has a decidedly Yellowjackets feel, with Michael again turning in a remarkably energetic solo turn. The set-closing "And Then She Wept" features Randy's attractive flügelhorn, as does the Eliane Elias-produced "Secret Heart," where Michael's soprano sax and EWI share the spotlight. "Scrunch" is a funky piece of programmed hip-hop over which the brothers Brecker play a riff similar to those they and the Average White Band delivered in the mid-'70s. Both Randy and the late Michael Brecker went on to make names for themselves in the jazz world after fronting their brotherly band in the '70s, earning the respect of critics and jazz fans alike. With Out of the Loop, they made a solid musical statement in a contemporary format, one they helped create and in which they proved to be masters.

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One of my All-Time Favorite Jazz Albums!!

I was a Brecker Brother Fan back in the 70's with all their "White Funk." I loved it and I emulated it in my own playing. When this album hit some 20 years later, I had been out of the music scene for some time and as a result, totally out of touch. But I got a hold of this CD and man, it turned my world back around to great music once again!! This album is definitely all Jazz, yet still has that familiar Brecker Brother feel. (There is no mistaking it!) It has been one of my favorites over the years and I play it over and over again and never tire of its hip and groovin' musical experience in Jazz. I love this album and recommend it frequently to anyone who asks for a truly great Jazz album recommendation.

Biography

Formed: 1974 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

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

In the '70s, brothers Michael and Randy Brecker co-led a band of New York session big shots that included, at various times, David Sanborn, Don Grolnick, Will Lee, and George Duke, among others. When they chose, the Brecker Brothers Band could be one of the most intelligent and creative fusion outfits. Chief composer/trumpeter Randy's best tunes were structurally unpredictable, melodically intricate, and harmonically complex, inside/out bop heads played in an impossibly precise manner over a bed...
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