release date 9/13/1994
Format Mp3 320 Kbps
Genre - Jazz Instrument/Easy Listening/Jazz Funky
CD Track List Follows:
4. Secret Heart
5. African Skies
6. When It Was
9. And Then She Wept
Michael Brecker (soprano & tenor saxophones, Akai EWI);
Randy Brecker (trumpet, flugelhorn);
Eliane Elias (vocals, keyboards);
Armand Sabal-Lecco (vocals, acoustic piccolo bass, bass);
George Whitty (piano, keyboards, Hammond bass, programming);
Robbie Kilgore (keyboards, guitar, programming);
Maz Kessler (keyboards, programming); Dean Brown, Larry Saltzman (guitar); James Genus (acoustic & electric basses);
Steve Jordan, Shawn Pelton, Rodney Holmes (drums);
Steve Thornton (percussion);
Chris Botti, Andy Snitzer (programming);
Mark Ledford (background vocals).
Producers include: George Whitty, Chris Botti, Andy Snitzer, Maz Kessler, Robbie Kilgore.
The exceptionally talented Jazz group Brecker Brothers have released their CD entitled Out Of The Loop. I am very confident and happy to announce that I believe Brecker Brothers fans, and Jazz fans alike will be pleased with this one. With the release of Out Of The Loop their artistic excellence is on full display as they have once again delivered a brilliant collection of tracks that could very well be their best work to date.
It's a rare day indeed that I get a CD from an artist that I can truthfully say does not have a bad track in the bunch. I'm more than happy to announce that's exactly what I must say about this one. There simply isn't a bad one in the bunch. No fillers here at all, with each song standing tall on it's own.
These days it's a very rare CD on which every single song is good or better than the one before it. This CD is certainly one of those rare CDs.
Listen to and I think you'll agree that the song choices are excellent, the production is outstanding and Brecker Brothers is clearly a group that is in top form.
While this entire CD is really very good the truly standout tunes are track 4 - Secret Heart, track 6 - When It Was, and track 9 - And Then She Wept.
My Bonus Pick, and the one that got Sore [...as in "Stuck On REpeat"] is track 8 - The Nightwalker. Good stuff!
OUT OF THE LOOP won the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance, and "African Skies" won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition. "African Skies" was also nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.
With OUT OF THE LOOP, the Brecker Brothers once again affirm their spot at the front of modern jazz. Besides presenting the expected mixed plate of jazz and funk, with this album the Brothers definitively prove that hip hop and swing are of the same groove.
The Breckers' trademarks abound. Solid composition, shiny production and superb talent qualify OUT OF THE LOOP as vintage Breckers with performances that rise to the strength of the arrangements. Their characteristic rhythmic twists and harmonic turns are held in check by a powerful yet sensitive rhythm section. Bassist James Genus links burning percussion and drums to the Brother's pure melodic expression and colorful harmonic invention.
What jumps up from OUT OF THE LOOP is its succesful incorporation of hip hop sounds into jazz. Amidst today's deluge of hip hop artists appropriating the token jazz riff, it's inspiring to hear the Brecker Brothers show how it's done on tracks like "Scrunge" and "When It Was."
In a world of jazz purists, easy listening, and confused genres, The Brecker Brothers have thankfully spun a loop of their own.