Blue Moon

Randy Brecker


An early clip featuring the masterful trumpeter

Randy Brecker has been on close to an infinite number of sessions during the past half-century, ranging from hard bop to funk, commercial dates with pop acts and showcases with orchestras; he always uplifts each group.

This is one of the earliest film clips of Brecker, probably from the mid-1970s.

Brecker is featured playing flugelhorn (and trumpet at its conclusion) on the old swing standard “Blue Moon,” a song that he never otherwise recorded.

It serves as proof that Brecker (who at that early point sounds a little like Freddie Hubbard) was a very valuable and talented musician from the start.

-Scott Yanow

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