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January 16, 1989 | A. JAMES LISKA
Randy Brecker, the trumpet-player half of New York's famed do-anything-musical Brecker Brothers, has, for the moment, turned his back on things commercial to blow some straight-ahead jazz. It is, as they say, a good career move. At the Catalina Bar & Grill on Thursday evening, where he opened a four-night stint fronting a quintet, Brecker's post-bop efforts were greeted enthusiastically by fans who filled the tables and area musicians who lined the perimeters of the remodeled nightclub.
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January 26, 2014 | By Chris Barton
This post has been updated. See below for details. In most genres, the Grammys aren't generally relied upon as an accurate barometer of the state of a given genre. But in the case of jazz, the Recording Academy got a few things right Sunday. One of the biggest stories of jazz in 2013, the soulful Gregory Porter took home honors in the jazz vocal category for "Liquid Spirit," his debut album for Blue Note Records. Porter beat out another rising jazz talent in Cécile McLorin Salvant for the honor, as well as albums by Andy Bey, Lorraine Feather and Tierney Sutton.
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February 12, 1988 | ZAN STEWART
As a youth, trumpeter Randy Brecker was initially exposed to hard-core jazz, but he was also interested in rock and R&B. Thus, in his 22-year career, he's played electric jazz/rock with the original Blood, Sweat and Tears and the Brecker Brothers Band, and acoustic jazz with Horace Silver in the 1970s, plus the recent CD Players that featured his wife, Eliane Elias, and his own quintet. He says he's finally accepted the fact that he's part of two musical worlds.
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December 6, 2013 | By Chris Barton
In a bit of an upset, Chick Corea will not be going home with another award this year. A winner of 20 Grammys, including two last year, Corea, with his latest album “The Vigil,” was shut out Friday night in this year's list of nominees, which again offered a welcome blend of relative newcomers and familiar faces. The jazz vocal category is led by 24-year-old phenom Cécile McLorin Salvant, whose ebullient "WomanChild" was nominated along with Gregory Porter's "Liquid Spirit," which was the big-voiced singer's Blue Note Records debut.
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May 12, 1987 | LEONARD FEATHER, Compiled by Terry Atkinson
"In the Idiom." Randy Brecker. Denon. In this all too rare appearance by Brecker as an uncompromising jazzman, he plays eight neatly arranged original works, with first-rate backing by Joe Henderson on tenor sax, pianist David Kikoski, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Foster on drums. "You're in My Heart" shows Brecker's original approach to ballad writing, with a beat. "There's a Mingus A Monk Us" lives up to its quirky title.
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January 26, 2014 | By Chris Barton
This post has been updated. See below for details. In most genres, the Grammys aren't generally relied upon as an accurate barometer of the state of a given genre. But in the case of jazz, the Recording Academy got a few things right Sunday. One of the biggest stories of jazz in 2013, the soulful Gregory Porter took home honors in the jazz vocal category for "Liquid Spirit," his debut album for Blue Note Records. Porter beat out another rising jazz talent in Cécile McLorin Salvant for the honor, as well as albums by Andy Bey, Lorraine Feather and Tierney Sutton.
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May 1, 1992 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Brecker Brothers are back. Saxophonist Michael Brecker and his trumpet-playing brother, Randy, who from 1975 to 1982 led one of the finest jazz/funk/rock ensembles, are teaming up again. Next week, they go into a recording studio in New York to make their first Brecker Brothers album in 11 years, for GRP Records. The pair's last recording was "Straphangin'," made for Arista. And June 13, they'll play the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.
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May 1, 1992 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Brecker Brothers are back. Saxophonist Michael Brecker and his trumpet-playing brother Randy, who from 1975 to 1982 led one of the finest jazz/funk/rock ensembles, are teaming up again. Next week, they go into a recording studio in New York to make their first Brecker Brothers album in 11 years, for GRP Records. The pair's last recording was "Strap-hangin'," made for Arista. The Breckers hadn't planned on a decade-plus hiatus, said Randy Brecker, but things just kept coming up.
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December 6, 2013 | By Chris Barton
In a bit of an upset, Chick Corea will not be going home with another award this year. A winner of 20 Grammys, including two last year, Corea, with his latest album “The Vigil,” was shut out Friday night in this year's list of nominees, which again offered a welcome blend of relative newcomers and familiar faces. The jazz vocal category is led by 24-year-old phenom Cécile McLorin Salvant, whose ebullient "WomanChild" was nominated along with Gregory Porter's "Liquid Spirit," which was the big-voiced singer's Blue Note Records debut.
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November 11, 1992
Our precinct had a turnout of 842 voters or 76% of our registered voters. The lines were so long that most of the day there was a wait of about 20 minutes. This precinct covers about six blocks immediately south of Wilshire Boulevard and about four blocks west of Westwood Boulevard. The area consists mainly of large apartment complexes, housing many UCLA students. We estimated that about 75% of our voters were people under 25 years of age.
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February 9, 2009 | Chris Barton
In the can't-please-everybody proposition that is the Grammy Awards, it's difficult to find much fault in the Recording Academy's choice to again honor piano great Chick Corea with a best jazz instrumental album award. Still, as close as Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton might have come to recapturing the magic of the classic "Crystal Silence" released in 1972, it's hard not to think the voters again reached for the familiar name.
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August 5, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There were two distinct halves to the performance by the Henry Mancini Institute Big Band on Friday night at Royce Hall. The first was dedicated to the briskly swinging compositions written by Neal Hefti for the Count Basie band. The list of tunes included such now-classic items as "The Kid From Red Bank," "Lil' Darlin', " "Splanky" and "Whirly Bird." This is music that, despite its engaging melodies and accessible rhythms, is effective only when performed with great finesse and precision.
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November 14, 1992
In response to "Earth Moves for Vatican in Galileo Case," Nov. 1: Pope John Paul II is to be commended for "revising" the Roman Catholic Church's judgment on Galileo. Fortunately, the rest of the world has moved ahead instead of waiting 359 years for the Catholic Church to extricate itself from the corner it painted itself into.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 1992
Our precinct had a turnout of 842 voters or 76% of our registered voters. The lines were so long that most of the day there was a wait of about 20 minutes. This precinct covers about six blocks immediately south of Wilshire Boulevard and about four blocks west of Westwood Boulevard. The area consists mainly of large apartment complexes, housing many UCLA students. We estimated that about 75% of our voters were people under 25 years of age.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 1992 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Brecker Brothers are back. Saxophonist Michael Brecker and his trumpet-playing brother Randy, who from 1975 to 1982 led one of the finest jazz/funk/rock ensembles, are teaming up again. Next week, they go into a recording studio in New York to make their first Brecker Brothers album in 11 years, for GRP Records. The pair's last recording was "Strap-hangin'," made for Arista. The Breckers hadn't planned on a decade-plus hiatus, said Randy Brecker, but things just kept coming up.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 1992 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Brecker Brothers are back. Saxophonist Michael Brecker and his trumpet-playing brother, Randy, who from 1975 to 1982 led one of the finest jazz/funk/rock ensembles, are teaming up again. Next week, they go into a recording studio in New York to make their first Brecker Brothers album in 11 years, for GRP Records. The pair's last recording was "Straphangin'," made for Arista. And June 13, they'll play the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 1992
In response to "Earth Moves for Vatican in Galileo Case," Nov. 1: Pope John Paul II is to be commended for "revising" the Roman Catholic Church's judgment on Galileo. Fortunately, the rest of the world has moved ahead instead of waiting 359 years for the Catholic Church to extricate itself from the corner it painted itself into.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There were two distinct halves to the performance by the Henry Mancini Institute Big Band on Friday night at Royce Hall. The first was dedicated to the briskly swinging compositions written by Neal Hefti for the Count Basie band. The list of tunes included such now-classic items as "The Kid From Red Bank," "Lil' Darlin', " "Splanky" and "Whirly Bird." This is music that, despite its engaging melodies and accessible rhythms, is effective only when performed with great finesse and precision.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 1989 | A. JAMES LISKA
Randy Brecker, the trumpet-player half of New York's famed do-anything-musical Brecker Brothers, has, for the moment, turned his back on things commercial to blow some straight-ahead jazz. It is, as they say, a good career move. At the Catalina Bar & Grill on Thursday evening, where he opened a four-night stint fronting a quintet, Brecker's post-bop efforts were greeted enthusiastically by fans who filled the tables and area musicians who lined the perimeters of the remodeled nightclub.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 1988 | ZAN STEWART
As a youth, trumpeter Randy Brecker was initially exposed to hard-core jazz, but he was also interested in rock and R&B. Thus, in his 22-year career, he's played electric jazz/rock with the original Blood, Sweat and Tears and the Brecker Brothers Band, and acoustic jazz with Horace Silver in the 1970s, plus the recent CD Players that featured his wife, Eliane Elias, and his own quintet. He says he's finally accepted the fact that he's part of two musical worlds.
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