In 2003 two American top musicians, trumpeter Randy Brecker
and saxophonist Bill Evans
, united forces in a fusion band that picked up where the renowned Brecker Brothers left off at the time. On the live registration of last year’s extensive European tour Soulbop Band Live
, the mix of jazz funk and bop sounded deliciously fat. The all-star line-up, besides Brecker and Evans including guitarist Hiram Bullock, keyboard player Dave Kikoski and drummer Rodney Holmes, represents a groovy , not to be ignored, fusion cocktail. Randy Brecker, saxophonist Michael Brecker’s older brother, started his career in the groundbreaking band Blood, Sweat & Tears. After a straight ahead jazz period in the bands of Horace Silver and Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, he started the jazz rock band Dreams with his brother Michael – a warming-up for the Brecker Brothers band, a unit that would be born in 1974. Brecker’s co-leader Bill Evans can boast a shining career in Miles Davis’ and John McLaughlin’s bands.