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The Brecker Brothers: Don't Stop the Music

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Randy Brecker (trumpet, flugel horn, electric trumpet), Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone, flute), Jerry Friedman (guitar, electric piano), Hiram Law Bullock (guitar), Steve Khan (guitar, 12-string guitar), Aaron Rosand (violin), Richard Maximoff (viola), Jesse Levy (cello), Lou Marini (alto saxophone), Lew Del Gatto (baritone saxophone), Alan Rubin (trumpet), Barry Rodgers (trombone), David Taylor (bass trombone), Don Grolnick (keyboards), Will Lee (bass, background vocals), Chris Parker, Steve Gadd (drums), Sammy Figueroa (congas), Ralph McDonald (percussion), Doug Billard, Beverly Billard, Christine Faith, Robin Clark (background vocals).

All songs written or co-written by Randy Brecker except "Funky Sea, Funky Dew" (Michael Brecker), "As Long As I Have Your Love" (Doug Billard/Beverly Billard) and "Don't Stop The Music" (Jerry Friedman).

This 1977 effort continues their hitmaking streak of one of fusion and R&B's durable and respected units. While this album's predecessor, Back to Back, was credited to the Brecker Brothers Band and featured members including David Sanborn and Steve Khan, it came off as underdone and facile. Don't Stop the Music does present their gifts in a more cogent fashion, but not without a few odd detours. The title track and "Finger Licking Good" are pure disco efforts, with pushy rhythms and ingratiating backing vocals. Although they are both a little silly, they have great horn riffs and boast a potent production. Despite those danceable offerings, Don't Stop the Music also features some of the brothers' most challenging work. The funky and quirky "Squids" features Randy Brecker's customarily offbeat and singular electric trumpet work. Hiram Bullock's articulate guitar also shines on that track and he fit into the Breckers sound like no other player. "Funky Sea, Funky Dew" is a reflective, urbane mid-tempo offering that has great tenor solos from Michael Brecker. The just-as-strong "Petals" features a poignant trumpet work from Randy Brecker. Don't Stop the Music enlists rock producer Jack Richardson, and he and co-producer Steve Backer both capture the more powerful aspects of the duo. Recorded at Atlantic Studios and engineered by Gene Paul, Don't Stop the Music boasts an interesting sound, and is one of the Brecker Brothers' better efforts. ~ Jason Elias


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