Picks and Pans Review: Detente

UPDATED 07/28/1980 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/28/1980 at 01:00 AM EDT

The Brecker Brothers

Maybe it's the energy crisis. Maybe the Breckers just came to their senses. In any case, they seem to have pulled the plugs on a lot of electrified instruments since their last LP, Heavy Metal Be-Bop, which was heavier on wattage than on entertainment. The result is a drastic turnaround, to a more commercial, though not compromised, jazz-rock fusion. There are extended, captivating solos by Randy Brecker on trumpet and flügelhorn, and he adds a peculiar, nasal vocal in Don't Get Funny with My Money. Brother Michael contributes on tenor sax and flute, notably on Tee'd Off and Not Tonight. Backup guests like percussionists Ralph McDonald, Steve Gadd and Paulinho Da Costa give helpful support. If this LP represents the Breckers' Speculative Amperage Limitation Treaty with their audience, Detente is welcome.

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