Randy Brecker – Brecker Plays Rovatti – Sacred Bond (2019/2021) [FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

Randy Brecker – Brecker Plays Rovatti – Sacred Bond (2019/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:13:55 minutes | 878 MB | Genre: Jazz
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There’s a saying that ‘the family that plays together, stays together.’ That old adage is put into effect on Brecker Plays Rovatti: Sacred Bond, which not only features the husband and wife team of Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and fusion pioneer Randy Brecker and saxophonist-composer Ada Rovatti but also includes their 10-year-old daughter Stella in a vocal cameo appearance on one track. Backed by a versatile core group of pianist David Kikoski, bassist Alex Claffy and drummer Rodney Holmes, with guest appearances by keyboardist Jim Beard, guitarist Adam Rogers and Brazilian percussionist Cafe, the married couple forges an easy chemistry together on the 10 tracks here, all composed by Rovatti.

A stellar showcase for Rovatti’s wide-ranging musical tastes, as well as Brecker’s inimitable trumpet prowess, Brecker Plays Rovatti: Sacred Bond shows her remarkable growth as a composer since her 2003 debut as a leader, Under the Hat. “She’s very serious about it and she’s reached another level in the writing department with this record,” said Brecker of his wife, who also released Airbop in 2006, Green Factor in 2009 and Disguise in 2014. “Aside from the fact that I’m her husband, it’s so nice to hear these tunes. It all fits together well and it’s really enjoyable to listen to. And believe me, they’re not easy at all to play over. Ada had to kind of show me some tricks to get through some of these tunes.”

In the liner notes, Brecker proudly states about his sax-playing wife: “I’ve watched her development as both a player and arranger/composer with fascination. Besides music, she’s the greatest wife and mother in the world, a master Italian chef with 160 cookbooks, a master seamstress and designer, interior decorator, photographer, master crafts person, website designer, record-cover designer, record company owner and head of our household. Just ask any of our daughter Stella’s friends where’d they like to be, other than their own homes, and they’ll say: sitting on our living room floor doing craftwork that Ada designed for them…a true Renaissance woman.”

Regarding the title of their latest collaboration (they also appear together on Brecker’s 2003 album 34th & Lex, 2013’s The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion and 2019’s Rocks with the NDR Big Band-The Hamburg Jazz Orchestra), Brecker explained that it addresses the unconditional love that exists between mother and daughter over time. “They’re as tight as can be,” he said of Ada and Stella. “All three of us are. And it was just nice that they’re both singing in octaves on the title track, which is pretty cool.” Added Rovatti, “It’s a sacred bond among the three of us.”


1. Randy Brecker – Sacred Bond
2. Randy Brecker – Helping Hands
3. Randy Brecker – Reverence
4. Randy Brecker – The Baggae
5. Randy Brecker – The Queen of Bibelot
6. Randy Brecker – Britches Blue
7. Randy Brecker – Brainwashed
8. Randy Brecker – Mirror
9. Randy Brecker – The Other Side of the Coin
10. Randy Brecker – Quietly Me