CD Review: Randy Brecker "Randypop!Live"

The trumpet session legend revisits pop hits he played on, re-imagined by the elite Gotham jazz team of keyboardist/arranger Kenny Werner, saxophonist David Sanchez, guitarist Adam Rogers, drummer Nate Smith, and, most noteworthy, John Patitucci in full-on, 4-string groove mode.
By Chris Jisi ,

The trumpet session legend revisits pop hits he played on, re-imagined by the elite Gotham jazz team of keyboardist/arranger Kenny Werner, saxophonist David Sanchez, guitarist Adam Rogers, drummer Nate Smith, and, most noteworthy, John Patitucci in full-on, 4-string groove mode. Sturdy and conversational in support throughout, Patitucci handles the dazzling reharms of “New Frontier” and “Late in the Evening,” the reggae-rooted “Ghost Writer,” and the multi-metered “I Can’t Quit Her,” while riffing melodically on the ballads “Hello It’s Me” and “Meeting Across the River.” But it’s his combustible 16th-note groove on “I’ve Got a Bag of My Own” that burns down the house.