Randy Brecker is one of the most proficient trumpeters of his generation and brilliantly shows why he has achieved this stature on 34th N Lex. The 11-song paean to his Manhattan, NY, neighborhood is a potent, in-your-face program of hard bop and funky jazz with the likes of his brother, Michael Brecker, on tenor sax; David Sanborn on alto saxophone; Ronnie Cuber on baritone saxophone; and the great trombonist Fred Wesley. The set opens with the free funk and hard bop fusion of horn blasts and honks in different registers, which depict the hustle and bustle of "34th N Lex."
This collection contains the complete Dizzy Gillespie studio LP "Have Trumpet, Will Excite!" (Verve MGV S-8313), made by the outstanding 1959 Gillespie Quintet with Junior Mance and Les Spann. Two additional tunes and the only existing four alternate takes from the sessions have been added here as a bonus.