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JazztrumpeterandcomposerRandyBreckerhashelpedshapethesoundofjazz,
R&Bandrockformorethanfourdecades.Histrumpetandflugelhornperformances
havegracedhundredsofalbumsbyawiderangeofartistsfromJamesTaylor,
BruceSpringsteenandParliament/FunkadelictoFrankSinatra,SteelyDan,Jaco
PastoriusandFrankZappa.

Bornin1945inPhiladelphiatoamusicalfamily,Randysmusicaltalentwas
nurturedfromanearlyage.HeattendedIndianaUniversityfrom196366studying
withBillAdam,DavidBakerandJerryCokerandlatermovedtoNewYorkwherehe
landedgigswithsuchprominentbandsasClarkTerrysBigBadBand,theDuke
PearsonBigBandandtheThadJonesMelLewisJazzOrchestra.

In1967,RandyventuredintojazzrockwiththebandBlood,SweatandTears,but
lefttojointheHoraceSilverQuintet.Herecordedhisfirstsoloalbum,Score,in
1968,featuringayoung,thenunknown19yearoldtenorsaxophonistnamed
MichaelBrecker.

AfterHoraceSilver,RandyjoinedArtBlakeysJazzMessengersbeforeteamingup
withbrotherMichael,BarryRogers,BillyCobham,andJohnAbercrombietoform
theseminalfusiongroupDreams.Thegrouprecordedtwoadventurousandwildly
acclaimedalbums:DreamsandImagineMySurprisenowcollectorsitemsfor
ColumbiaRecordsbeforetheydisbandedin1971.

Intheearly1970s,RandyperformedlivewithmanyprominentartistsincludingLarry
CoryellsEleventhHouse,StevieWonderandBillyCobham.Healsorecorded
severalclassicalbumswithhisbrotherundertheleadershipofthegreat
pianist/composerHalGalper.

By1975,RandyandMichaelwerereadytofronttheirowngroup,theBrecker
BrothersBand.Abandofimmeasurableimpactandinfluence,theyreleasedsix
albumsonAristaandgarneredsevenGrammynominationsbetween1975and

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