With the release of 'RandyPop!' on Piloo Records, Randy Brecker, age 70, has come full circle. Back in the day, prior to and during an age when he and his Brecker Brother Michael [1949-2007] racked up hit albums on their own, Brecker was the go-to studio guy for, well, everyone. So now, as arranged by Kenny Werner, the famed trumpeter looks back by tackling some of those same songs, only this time with an impressive line-up of drummer Nate Smith, bassist John Patitucci, guitarist Adam Rogers, daughter Amanda Brecker on vocals, saxophonist David Sanchez filling the role his late brother played and arranger Werner chipping in on piano and keyboards.
Funk, rock, dance, electronica, worldbeat, jazz and R'n'B share the spotlight on Rock Candy Funk Party's follow-up to its 2013 'We Want Groove.' It's an all-star session with guitarist Joe Bonamassa, Randy Brecker and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.
In a world sick with Cyrus hysteria and One Direction-less fever, the formation of a jazz ensemble would seem unlikely. But for Philadelphians, the emergence of a newly-founded jazz orchestra echoes the sounds from a city in its youth.