You always remember your first professional gig, and for Will Lee, that was the jazz-funk fusion group Dreams, which in 1971 featured 25-year-old trumpeter Randy Brecker and his younger brother Michael on saxophone. Lee went with Dreams for their 1975 debut, and on this stellar two-disc set (one a live DVD recorded at New York’s Blue Note club), he digs once again into the slick funk pocket that defined the Brothers’ early sound. Highlights: the hyper-syncopated “First Tune of the Set” and the meditative Michael Brecker tribute “Elegy for Mike.”
CD Review: Sly & The Family Stone "Live at the Fillmore East"
Very few funk bands could compete with Sly & the Family Stone live, especially with Larry Graham holding down a burning groove like “Are You Ready.”