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Date: Thurs, May 19, 2022, 15:07:11 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

From the new "Acoustic Sounds" newsletter: Two Against Nature & Everything Must Go to be re-issued in 45 RPM format:

https://store.acousticsounds.com/d/162280/Steely_Dan-Two_Against_Nature-45_RPM_Vinyl_Record

https://store.acousticsounds.com/d/162282/Steely_Dan-Everything_Must_Go-45_RPM_Vinyl_Record


Date: Thurs, May 19, 2022, 13:47:36 ET
Posted by: From the official Steely Dan site.,

New tour merch released.

https://steelydanshop.com/


Date: Mon, May 16, 2022, 09:26:03 ET
Posted by: !!, 123

Fast Eddie!


Date: Sat, May 14, 2022, 08:52:40 ET
Posted by: Ed, Hoh

Apologies if this is common knowledge (first I have heard it...like to know more about those cymbals)...the following is a post by a Scott Moyer commenting on a video interview of Steve Gadd and Rick Marrotta.

Posting by Scott Moyer:
I delivered the drums on the Aja session....a Ludwig red sparkle set from SIR. Steve used his own 21" Zildjian Rock ride and his cracked crash cymbals.. He taped the sheet music onto his left and right crash cymbal stands so he could read the whole chart without having to turn pages.Recorded ar The Producer's Workshop in Hollywood. Ask Steve if he remembers Beatle producer, George Martin, walking into the session just after we set up his drums. I was walking out when George was walking into The Producer's Workshop. I'm still wondering if he remained there for the recording of Aja. I had to leave to get back to SIR.


Date: Fri, May 13, 2022, 23:39:12 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

The latest edition of the Dandom Digest for April 1-May 13, 2022 emailed out late this afternoon. You should have received it between 4 pm and 8 pm ET/NYC Time. ! The latest edition of the Dandom Digest (Vol. 30, No. 4). The previous regular Dandom Digest covered March 24-31, 2022.

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DANDOM DIGEST

APRIL 1-MAY 13, 2022
Yr. 30, No. 4

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IN THIS DANDOM DIGEST

"EARTH After Hours" Tour Starts 5/20
Adam Rogers Joins the Steely Dan Orchestra
Adam Rogers on the Passing of Walter Becker
Lost Tribe Interview with Adam in Metal Leg
All About Jazz: Adam Rogers: Tonal Beauty
Adam Rogers, Randy Brecker Perform "New Frontier"
Recent Items from Walter Becker Media Project
Berklee School Honors Chuck Rainey at 2022 Commencement
Linda Hoover Album Released After 50+ Years
UPDATE: New Music & Shows from Jeff Baxter
TOP OF THE CHARTS! Catherine Russell's "Send For Me"
JAZZ TIMES on MLO's "Normyn Suites"
OUT NOW! MLO's "The Normyn Suites"
NEW Walt Weiskopf European Quartet Music, More!
Jon Herington: Arrangements For Guitar – Jazz Guitar Life Book Review
Jim Beard/Jon Herington "Chunks and Chairknobs"
Keith Carlock News
LaTanya Hall Notes
Roger Rosenberg Notes
REDUX! Don Breithaupt Talks "Aja" with "Sound Logic"
Calling All Current SD Orchestra Members & Alumns

Followed by

PRETZEL LOGIC


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Subject: "EARTH After Hours" Tour Starts 5/20

The dates keep coming. The Steely Dan EARTH After Hours Tour 2022 has added seven new dates, now on sale. These include Franklin, TN, Durham, NC, Atlantic City, NJ, Bridgeport, CT and three dates in Port Chester, NY. And maybe there are a few more new ones.

Snarky Puppy will open many shows before June 20, 2022.

See http://www.steelydan.com/events for links to the full OFFICIAL schedule and tickets.

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Subject: Adam Rogers Joins the Steely Dan Orchestra

Our last Dandom Digest reported that Connor Kennedy had left the Steely Dan Orchestra to pursue some new directions. After many rumors, now comes official word from Adam Rogers that he will be joining the Steely Dan Orchestra for the 2022 Earth After Hours Tour.

Adam is of course no stranger to diehard Steely Dan and Walter Becker fans. Lost Tribe featuring Rogers was mentored and produced by Walter in the 1990s. And a few years ago, Rogers soloed on Randy Brecker's take on Donald's "New Frontier." Given his history with Walter and Donald, I can't wait to hear what he and Jon will work up for the shows in the upcoming days and weeks.

The second guitarist position has only been necessary since we lost Walter five years ago. If you are like me, I'm very thrilled that Adam has performed under Walter's tutelage, channeling those experiences with Walter.

Here's what Adam himself has to say on his Instagram on May 11, 2022:

"Really excited to announce that I'll be touring with Steely Dan this spring and summer on the 'Earth After Hours' tour! Truly thrilled to play this music that I've been listening to for so many years with such an INCREDIBLE group of musicians. Hope to see you out there! Go http://www.steelydan.com/events for the full schedule."

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Subject: Adam Rogers on the Passing of Walter Becker

From Adam's Facebook page:
Adam Rogers
September 5, 2017

In the early 1990s the group that I have co-led on and off since then - Lost Tribe - managed to get ourselves signed to a good/kind of big label. This happened, in a VERY large part, due to the support of Walter Becker. He heard our "demo" tape - given to him by Ben Perowsky - and, if memory serves, about "five minutes" later, we were signed. He brought the band to his incredibly beautiful studio in Maui to produce and record us for 2 weeks in 1993. He then asked a few of us to play on his first solo record, the recording of which commenced a few months later. We spent about 6 weeks exploring and recording the music for that record - "11 tracks of whack"- which I think is a subtle masterpiece. Words can't describe what a thrill it was to hang and make music with him in one of the most beautiful places in the world. I am SO grateful to have had these experiences. They are some of the most memorable in my life and, through them, I got to know Walter. I learned many valuable lessons about music working with him which I will always remember. His was among the most intelligent, biting and interesting WITS I have had the pleasure to interact with. He was an incredible conversationalist and.. off the hook hysterical. His and Donald's music have had a profound effect on me since I was very young when I first heard "Peg" on AM radio in NYC. The sophistication in their music was a revelation to me.

It's been difficult these last few days as I am very, very sad to hear of his passing. I am also so grateful to have been able to spend as much time with him as I did. Rest in peace Walter. You will be so missed.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/adam.rogers.9634/posts/1634026450005430

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Subject: Lost Tribe Interview with Adam in Metal Leg

From August 1993 Metal Leg:

INTRO: As most of you are aware, Walter Becker has been producing various jazz projects for a roster of artists on the Triloka and Windham Hill record labels. The New York-based Lost Tribe, whose debut CD (Windham Hill 10143-2) was recently released, is Walter’s latest production effort. Lost Tribe’s music defies definition as rigorously as it insinuates itself into your mind and body. From the deep funk rhythms of Sly Stone and James Brown to the hard beats and rap of Public Enemy, from the ferocious guitar blasts of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and contemporary thrash, to the harmonic inventiveness and improvisational spirit of Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman, the band forges what drummer Ben Perowsky calls “mutation” music or “hardcore-hip hop-jazz-chromatic-dance music.”

Full interview

https://steelydanreader.com/1993/08/01/metal-leg-22/?fbclid=IwAR1sSoFbQW5XehAriXN6yWtjLdrMuuWR9RvTyqYZlmrSoQHej7WpKDTmUWE#9

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Subject: All About Jazz: Adam Rogers: Tonal Beauty

By David Miller
September 12, 2005

https://www.allaboutjazz.com/adam-rogers-tonal-beauty-adam-rogers-by-david-miller

His resume reads like a veritable pot luck of jazz, pop, and everything in between. He has worked with everyone from John Zorn and Giora Feidman to Michael Brecker and Chris Potter to Elvis Costello and Norah Jones. With an immediately recognizable tone, Rogers has all of his influences and priorities in order and is ready to break into the mainstream. I got a chance to talk with him at his apartment in New York City.

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Subject: Adam Rogers, Randy Brecker Perform "New Frontier"

Randy Brecker, "Randy Pop!", 2015 featuring Adam Rogers
Full version for full context:
https://youtu.be/w5Nj597qt1Y

Cut to the chase: Adam Rogers' solo
https://youtu.be/hDIVemfQzYs

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Subject: Recent Items from Walter Becker Media Project

"Red Guitar"; "Medical Science (Demo)"; and a couple of entries for "Love in the 4th" (known to some as "Lies I Can Believe") are all recent revelations and discussions of rarities and the unreleased at the Walter Becker Media Project,

Check it out at
https://www.walterbeckermedia.com/forum/rarities-unreleased

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Subject: Berklee School Honors Chuck Rainey at 2022 Commencement

The legendary Chuck Rainey, received an honorary doctorate, along with Ringo Starr, Lalah Hathaway, and James Newton Howard for their immeasurable impact on music, film and television, and popular culture.

From Berklee's official site:

One of the most ubiquitous and influential bass players in American music, Chuck Rainey earned honors from Berklee for advancing intricate techniques still employed by bassists today. President Muhl related how Rainey quickly became a coveted fixture of major recording studios and touring acts of the ’60s and ’70s, playing with the Quincy Jones Big Band, Sam Cooke, Etta James, the Supremes, Aretha Franklin, and Steely Dan, and how his lasting grooves on the themes of Sanford & Son and The Jeffersons helped shape an era of television.

“As long as you love what you’re doing, you’re going to be appreciated and taken care of,” said Rainey, reflecting on his 60-plus years as a professional musician. “In my career, I ran into so many situations where I thought it was the end for me. I’m a cancer survivor, I’m a stroke survivor, and a lot of that survival is because of the love from my family.” Rainey cited nature as having a profound effect on his artistic development, and encouraged students to remain receptive to the melodies of the natural world: “Next time it rains, be still and listen to it…there’s a bass line in there.”

Read the rest:
https://www.berklee.edu/berklee-now/news/berklee-honors-ringo-starr-lalah-hathaway-james-newton-howard-and-chuck-rainey-at-commencement

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Subject: Linda Hoover Album Released After 50+ Years

Unissued Gary Katz-produced 1970 album featuring members of the original Steely Dan line-up.

In the summer of 1970, Linda Hoover, then 19, entered Manhattan’s Advantage Sound Studio to cut her first album with Gary Katz, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen leading a team that also included guitarists (and future Steely Dan members) Denny Dias & Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, and Eric Weissberg, saxophonist Jerome Richardson, plus members of the Dick Cavett Orchestra.

I Mean To Shine includes three original compositions by Linda...Almost half of the album was penned by the pre-Steely Dan songwriting duo of Becker and Fagen, including what would become the album’s title track. After creating a wonderful record, album cover photos were taken and then it all fell apart. After more than half a century, the album is finally ready for release from Omnivore with full approval and cooperation from Linda Hoover and Gary Katz.

The album will get a vinyl release for Record Store Day Drop June 19, 2022 with CD and Digital available the following week (June 24).

CD / LP / DIGITAL TRACK LIST:
I MEAN TO SHINE
• TURN MY FRIEND AWAY
• THE ROARING OF THE LAMB
• ROLL BACK THE MEANING
• AUTUMN
• JONES
• IN A STATION
• MAMA TEARS
• CITY MUG
• 4+20
• THE DOVE

More details, including how to buy:
http://omnivorerecordings.com/shop/i-mean-to-shine/

Trailer for the album:
https://youtu.be/IbyZM1GQM0w

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Subject; UPDATE: New Music & Shows from Jeff Baxter

Jeff Baxter's upcoming album, "Speed of Heat," is due on June 17, 2022 In addition to his new version of "My Old School," the album also features Jeff's version of "Do It Again."

Jeff has also been playing some club dates in the US Northeast with two shows remaining this weekend, May 13-15 in Natick, MA, Portland, ME; and Derry, NH. For more deets, https://www.jeffskunkbaxter.com/tour-dates

Here's more about the album:
https://www.rockandbluesmuse.com/2022/03/24/legendary-guitarist-jeff-skunk-baxter-announces-solo-album-speed-of-heat-shares-single/

Here's a direct link to the first single, Jeff's "My Old School." David Paich is featured on keyboards. There are other videos from the new album on YouTube as well.
https://youtu.be/0MtLJqmxxzU

Jeff's official web site is at https://www.jeffskunkbaxter.com

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SuSubject: TOP OF THE CHARTS! Catherine Russell's "Send For Me"

For the second week in a row, Catherine Russell's "Send For Me" tops the "Jazz Week' Charts!

Buy the album and see what the buzz is all about. And if you are lucky enough, be sure to catch Catherine at one of her upcoming shows near you.

Here's hoping this is the album that does trick and gives Catherine the Grammy she has so richly deserved all these years.

ORDER THE LIMITED EDITION CD:
Direct from Dot Time Records:
https://www.dottimerecords.com/product/catherine-russell-send-for-me

ORDER/STREAM/LISTEN/BUY
in all sorts of formats:
https://hypeddit.com/fl0s2j

OFFICIAL VIDEOS of TRACKS FROM "SEND FOR ME"

"At The Swing Cats Ball"
https://youtu.be/jvIew8xZQe0

"Make It Last"
https://jazztimes.com/audio-video/premieres/jt-video-premiere-make-it-last-by-catherine-russell/

“Blue and Sentimental”
https://www.jazziz.com/joel-ross-simona-smirnova-more-new-release-cheat-sheet/

LIVE PERFORMANCES

See https://www.catherinerussell.net/tour for a full list of many tour dates over the coming weeks and months.

SOME RECENT INTERVIEWS & ARTICLES

Classic jazz revitalized in new release by Catherine Russell

by Avery Jeffry
CapRadio (California State University, Sacramento Public Radio)
Thursday, May 12, 2022
http://www.capradio.org/music/jazz/2022/05/12/classic-jazz-revitalized-in-new-release-by-catherine-russell/

'All About Jazz" on "Send For Me"
https://www.allaboutjazz.com/march-2022-sent-for-me-catherine-russell

ROCHESTERFIRST.COM
1-on-1 with Catherine Russell: Jazz singer, Rochester favorite
with Dan Gross
https://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/features/1-on-1-with-catherine-russell-jazz-singer-rochester-favorite

CATHERINE RUSSELL ON NPR TINYDESK
https://www.npr.org/2022/02/11/1076098017/catherine-russell-tiny-desk-home-concert

Pretty much her entire CATalogue including her latest, the Grammy-nominated
"Alone Together"
Buy at: http://www.catherinerussell.net/listen.php

There's a lot more...check out http://www.catherinerussll.net

Links to all of Catherine's social media channels can be found at the bottom of the page at http://www.catherinerussell.net ; Her Facebook artist page, https://www.facebook.com/catherinerussellmusic ; and her official Twitter feed, https://twitter.com/crussellsinger
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Subject: JAZZ TIMES on MLO's "Normyn Suites"

"Each component of the suite is sufficiently distinctive... it’s impossible not to get swept up in its grandeur, or to appreciate the love that went into its creation."

Read all about it here: bit.ly/MLOJazzTimes

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Subject: OUT NOW! MLO's "The Normyn Suites"

Michael Leonhart Orchestra's "New One," "The Normyn Suites", is OUT NOW! "The Normyn Suites" features MLO's cadre of fine musicians with contributions from Elvis Costello, Larry Goldings, Bill Frisell, Chris Potter, JSWISS, Walt Weiskopf, and Donny McCaslin.

From promotional material:
"The Normyn Suites is both a requiem and celebration, inspired by the life and death of the bandleader’s 15-year-old dog, a female mini dachshund named Normyn. The third album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra features a pair of suites - the first of which is an exploration of the stages of grieving, while the second is a reflection on love and loss.

'The Normyn Suites' is an elegy; to listen is to spend time in that space of loss, reckoning, questioning, and mourning. At the same time, though, with each note, each phrase, we are propelled back into life,” reflects author Alexandra Horowitz in the stirring liner notes. The first part is titled 'The Normyn Suite #1: (Soundtrack to the Five Stages of Grieving)', and was inspired by 'The Kübler-Ross Grief Cycle', a model introduced by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in her 1969 book 'On Death and Dying. The Five Stages of Grief' is a critically acclaimed study on how humans handle loss."

Facebook followers can preview the album with the track” Part 4 of “THE NORMYN SUITE #1” (Soundtrack To The Five Stages Of Grieving) featuring Walt Weiskopf on the MLO Facebook page.

READ MORE...AND ORDER CD & DIGITAL FORMATS at...

https://michaelleonhart.bandcamp.com/album/the-normyn-suites

Ever the prolific artist and in-demand collaborator, explore and buy selections from Michael Leonhart and MLO at https://michaelleonhart.bandcamp.com/

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Subject: New Walt Weiskopf European Quartet Music, More!

"Other Jewels" is the first tune from from the WWEQ new release is coming May 20, pre-order is available today!
https://weiskopf.lnk.to/jewels

Other Walt Weiskopf News

"Introspection, V, 2.0," more
Walt Weiskopf European Quartet announces v. 2.0 of their most recent release, "Introspection." Featuring six additional tracks, the new version is out now.

New Walt Weiskopf Master Class Video
https://www.mymusicmasterclass.com/premiumvideos/walt-weiskopf-jazz-standards-lesson-exploring-invitation/

Walt's website, including links to all of his social media outlets can be found at https://waltweiskopf.com

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Subject: Jon Herington: Arrangements For Guitar – Jazz Guitar Life Book Review

http://www.thejazzguitarlife.com/2022/02/21/jon-herington-arrangements-for-guitar-jazz-guitar-life-book-review/

For further detail on Jon's "Arrangement For Guitar," his performances, and workshops, as well as The Hypothetical House Band, please check out his official site at http://www.jonherington.com

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Subject: Jim Beard/Jon Herington "Chunks and Chairknobs"

It still sounds great! If you haven't checked out "Chunks and Chairknobs", do it right away!

Overview: http://www.jonherington.com/beardherington.html

Buy at: http://www.jonherington.com/store.html
A Great Interview with Jim & Jon: "How did this come about?"
https://youtu.be/euklbIfq414

More information at http://www.jonherington.com

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Subject: Keith Carlock News

Check out this recent solo b Keith with The Band Of Other Brothers at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis:
https://youtu.be/4bTWZtvak1s

Buy All Kinds of Stuff including "IN THE JAM: NYC Funk" 10 Multi-Track Video Jams--You Control The Mix" with Carlock/Jenkins/Buono. Multiple titles from Rudder. And more.
http://keithcarlock.com/buy/

Keith has a great web site and store at http://keithcarlock.com. When you are there, be sure to sign up for his email newsletter. And don't miss his Twitter feed for the up-to-the-minute news and appearances from Keith --http://www.twitter.com/KeithCarlock

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Subject: LaTanya Hall Notes

The latest from LaTanya at
http://latanyahall.com

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Subject: Roger Rosenberg Notes

Roger Rosenberg
"Baritonality"
Buy at: https://www.amazon.com/Baritonality-Roger-Rosenberg/dp/B002F3BPF4

Also: Here's Roger working his magic in 2002 with Bob Mintzer Big Band, back in 2002 on "Timeless."

https://youtu.be/A6Qsj_-MoG8

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Subject: REDUX! Don Breithaupt Talks "Aja" with "Sound Logic"

Don Breithaupt talks "Aja" with the "Sound Logic" guys in Toronto. Don is, of course, a mastermind behind the music of Monkey House as well as an acclaimed expert on "Aja," most notably his 33-1/3 book on "Aja,"

The "Sound Logic" episode is over an hour long and available on numerous podcast and streaming platforms. Even seasoned Steely Dan fans will hear a few new things.

Here's the link: https://anchor.fm/soundlogic/episodes/63-Aja-by-Steely-Dan-with-our-Special-Guest--Don-Breithaupt-e1fauuu

While you're at it, get Don's "Aja" book,
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0826427839/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_NBJE25YDFYKZR8Q3E3YA

Don with the rest of Monkey House have a new album due out later this year. Stay tuned for more info...

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Date: Fri, May 13, 2022, 17:52:00 ET
Posted by: Denise, Hinktown

Skunk Baxter playing tonight at The Center For Arts In Natick, MA

https://www.natickarts.org/performance/jeff-skunk-baxter-steely-dan-and-doobie-brothers-featuring-cj-vanston-2022-05-13

https://www.boston.com/things-to-do/concerts/get-on-down-to-tcan-for-some-great-guitar/


Date: Wed, May 11, 2022, 22:42:49 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

https://i.redd.it/nmqeamkgfvy81.jpg


Date: Wed, May 11, 2022, 14:18:32 ET
Posted by: SDV, up on the hill

Adam Rogers has officially announced his position in the SD touring band. can't wait to hear what he brings to the festivities!


Date: Tues, May 10, 2022, 12:10:39 ET
Posted by: Josey, Mass

So I went ahead and pulled the trigger on two tickets to the July 2nd show in Mansfield, MA. yesterday. The last concert I attended was SD at the Orpheum in Boston three years ago or so. I think this is the only band I ever buy tickets to see anymore, with the exception of some smaller jazz bands that you can still see for a reasonable price.

Looking forward to it - again!


Date: Sun, May 08, 2022, 08:38:53 ET
Posted by: Roy, USA

If I was ever asked what the best SD song is of all time, I'd answer My Rival.


Date: Thurs, May 05, 2022, 21:21:09 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Fantastic live recording of My Rival:

Funky!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Pm0SgnH59E


Date: Wed, May 04, 2022, 13:31:08 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

OK, Kidz - I may start a series paroxysmally that links song you might not expect to have the Steely Dan mu chords in them. The add2, add9 Mu-major types.

First, you love 'em, you hate 'em: Journey. What happens when a jazz fusion band who broke out of Santana sell out and now fuse a harder rock and blues with a guy who sings like Sam Cooke.

Most of their hit songs were simple. The won't go away Don't stop Believin' only has 5. Lights has 6. Later songs like I'll be Alright Without You infused a little R&B, fake jazz with more complicated chord progressions with sus4's and a Bmadd11/G stack.

The SD chord containing song is one of their most sophisticated in the Perry era with nearly 30 chords including diminished, suspended, stacked, and some add9 mu-type chords at the end of the chorus and in instrumental break.

Mother Father (hey, it's not that bad):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kx24YtwPKA


I promise - no more Journey in this series.


Any more news about the next Fagen solo album?


Date: Tues, May 03, 2022, 16:42:30 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Stryker - yes, the 355 has a beautiful tone, doesn't it?
The star of the trio is the drummer easily: McClenty Hunter

Wow - after the drum solo Skyler is really in the pocket. TBH he wasn't quite there early in the recording.


It's fine. I'd rather have a Mamas Gun as the opening act. I just noticed that the Austin show has no opening act. Ticket$ are really high on the secondary markets (corporations buy them specifically for resale). Thinking about the Fort Worth Show at Dickies instead. No way we're going to Cynthia Woods. Temps are running 7°F above normal. I just hope Donald and the band and stay hydrated!


Date: Tues, May 03, 2022, 16:20:54 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Marvin Gaye lives!

Your weekly dose of Mamas Gun.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-jVAf4G_E8


MG are touring Europe now. Any SD tour dates in Europe? I heard something about Euro dates, but don't see any info on the SD home page or Ticket Bastard.


Date: Mon, May 02, 2022, 20:39:00 ET
Posted by: Back Jack, LV


... not to mention CHEAP.

No use in giving away any extra pennies, don'tcha know...


Date: Mon, May 02, 2022, 00:15:23 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

Chris, you are right, Stryker doesn't have the name recognition of the acts you name. But he is right in line with several Dan openers: Sam Yahel, Bobby Broom, etc.

Seems much more in line with what they have done with compared to Aimee Mann, who IMO really didn't fit the bill with SD.

Plus he's pretty darn good!:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fvaXxn9hio


Date: Sun, May 01, 2022, 11:50:50 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

No disrespect to Dave Stryker who is someone I'd love to see in a jazz club ... but that's quite a difference from Steve Winwood, Aimee Mann and Snarky Puppy.


Date: Sun, May 01, 2022, 01:41:18 ET
Posted by: Yep, 3 weeks away

Live Nation $25 ticket sales next week! Steely Dan is part of it again.

https://www.livenation.com/promotion/concertweek

And speaking of being a part of it, The Dave Stryker Trio has been announced as the opening act starting June 21st. Snarky Puppy still listed for earlier dates.


Date: Sat, April 23, 2022, 17:43:30 ET
Posted by: Ben Jammin, Sunny Indy on Record Store Day

Hello Dandom!

Add (if ya haven't) Amazing Educator to Miss Hall's long list of talents! She's working with our young people, and I salute each of them in this workshop video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkO-wn3CxKU

Anyone caught/gonna catch Keith and The Band of Other Brothers?

https://relix.com/blogs/detail/band-of-other-brothers-babko-carlock-coffin-felder-lee-announce-new-album-share-the-rabbit/

Hoops, thanks for all you do. It's always great to get The Digest, and know I Got the News.

Bless Ups Everybody!
Support your local independent Ma and Pop music shop!

Peace!






Date: Sat, April 23, 2022, 14:44:30 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Art Crimes Rehearsal. Fab Soundboard rec.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJPb9d6jkm4


Date: Wed, April 20, 2022, 11:00:25 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Forgot to post that we had a new edition of the Dandom Digest for March 24-31, 2022! The latest edition of the Dandom Digest (Vol. 30, No. 3) was sent and you should now have it. It covers January 1-March 23, 2022. The previous regular Dandom Digest covered January 1-March 23, 2022 with a special Digest for Michael Leonhart's new one on March 25. Ok...so a few bits of info (like Jon Herington's Apr 2 show) are dated, but here it all is below....

As I regularly remind subscribers, some people have problems with delivery of the Dandom Digest, usually because of their spam filters, firewalls, etc. That's why this sort of notice is posted here--so you are aware that you should have received the latest edition. With email filters and spam, what they are today, there can be some issues beyond our control. For example, many work-place email servers reject email that it scans as having a "naughty" word. At any rate, if you don't see it in your in box, let me know by sending an email at jjmckay at me dot com.

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DANDOM DIGEST

March 24-31, 2022
Yr. 30, No. 3

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IN THIS DANDOM DIGEST

*****
NEW ALBUM OUT 4/1! Catherine Russell's "Send For Me"
*****
Celebrating Walter with "Medical Science" Demo
NEW! Don Breithaupt Talks "Aja" with "Sound Logic"
UPDATE: New Music from Jeff Baxter

REDUX: Repeats from our last Dandom Digest

OUT NOW! MLO's "The Normyn Suites"
4/10: First NYC MLO Shows in Over 2 Years!
Jon Herington News
Jon Herington: Arrangements For Guitar – Jazz Guitar Life Book Review
Jim Beard/Jon Herington "Chunks and Chairknobs"
Keith Carlock News
LaTanya Hall Notes
Roger Rosenberg Notes
Walt Weiskopf News
Walt Weiskopf, "Introspection, V, 2.0," more
Calling All Current SD Orchestra Members & Alumns
New Dates Added to "Earth After Hours" Tour

Followed by

PRETZEL LOGIC

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Subject: NEW ALBUM OUT 4/1! Catherine Russell's "Send For Me"

There's an incredible buzz and wealth of activity around Catherine Russell's newest album, "Send For Me" which is due out 4/1/22. Hopefully the next few items will give you an overview of what the excitement is all about--but really, JUST BUY THE ALBUM. I've been blessed to already have my copy and I can't stop playing it. It's a great respite during these challenging times. Here's hoping this is the album that does trick and gives Catherine the Grammy she has so richly deserved all these years.

ORDER THE LIMITED EDITION CD:
Direct from Dot Time Records:
https://www.dottimerecords.com/product/catherine-russell-send-for-me

ORDER/STREAM/LISTEN/BUY
in all sorts of formats:
https://hypeddit.com/fl0s2j

OFFICIAL VIDEOS of TRACKS FROM "SEND FOR ME"

"At The Swing Cats Ball"
https://youtu.be/jvIew8xZQe0

"Make It Last"
https://jazztimes.com/audio-video/premieres/jt-video-premiere-make-it-last-by-catherine-russell/

“Blue and Sentimental”
https://www.jazziz.com/joel-ross-simona-smirnova-more-new-release-cheat-sheet/

LIVE PERFORMANCES

See https://www.catherinerussell.net/tour for a full list of many tour dates over the coming weeks and months.

SOME RECENT INTERVIEWS & ARTICLES

'All About Jazz" on "Send For Me"
https://www.allaboutjazz.com/march-2022-sent-for-me-catherine-russell

ROCHESTERFIRST.COM
1-on-1 with Catherine Russell: Jazz singer, Rochester favorite
with Dan Gross
https://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/features/1-on-1-with-catherine-russell-jazz-singer-rochester-favorite

CATHERINE RUSSELL ON NPR TINYDESK
https://www.npr.org/2022/02/11/1076098017/catherine-russell-tiny-desk-home-concert

Pretty much her entire CATalogue including her latest, the Grammy-nominated
"Alone Together"
Buy at: http://www.catherinerussell.net/listen.php

There's a lot more...check out http://www.catherinerussll.net

Links to all of Catherine's social media channels can be found at the bottom of the page at http://www.catherinerussell.net ; Her Facebook artist page, https://www.facebook.com/catherinerussellmusic ; and her official Twitter feed, https://twitter.com/crussellsinger
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Subject: Celebrating Walter with "Medical Science" Demo

For Walter's birthday on 2/20/22, the Walter Becker media project put out a pretty well-developed version of "Medical Science", created before the final version that came out on the Japanese version of "11 Tracks of Whack."
https://youtu.be/fUDCqY9HyJE
Here's a link to the discussion.
https://www.walterbeckermedia.com/.../medical-science-demo

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Subject: NEW! Don Breithaupt Talks "Aja" with "Sound Logic"

Don Breithaupt talks "Aja" with the "Sound Logic" guys in Toronto. Don is, of course, a mastermind behind the music of Monkey House as well as an acclaimed expert on "Aja," most notably his 33-1/3 book on "Aja,"

The "Sound Logic" episode is over an hour long and available on numerous podcast and streaming platforms. Even seasoned Steely Dan fans will hear a few new things.

Here's the link: https://anchor.fm/soundlogic/episodes/63-Aja-by-Steely-Dan-with-our-Special-Guest--Don-Breithaupt-e1fauuu

While you're at it, get Don's "Aja" book,
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0826427839/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_NBJE25YDFYKZR8Q3E3YA

Don with the rest of Monkey House have a new album due out later this year. Stay tuned for more info...

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Subject; UPDATE: New Music from Jeff Baxter

Additional information about Jeff's upcoming album, "Speed of Heat," including release date (June 17, 2022) and tracks. In addition to his new version of "My Old School," the album also features Jeff's version of "Do It Again." A you

Here's more information:
https://www.rockandbluesmuse.com/2022/03/24/legendary-guitarist-jeff-skunk-baxter-announces-solo-album-speed-of-heat-shares-single/

Here's a direct link to the first single, Jeff's "My Old School." David Paich is featured on keyboards.
https://youtu.be/0MtLJqmxxzU

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Subject: OUT NOW! MLO's "The Normyn Suites"

Michael Leonhart Orchestra's "New One" is out this Friday, March 25, 2022. "The Normyn Suites" features MLO's cadre of fine musicians with contributions from Elvis Costello, Larry Goldings,
Bill Frisell, Chris Potter, JSWISS, Walt Weiskopf, and Donny McCaslin.

From promotional material:
"The Normyn Suites is both a requiem and celebration, inspired by the life and death of the bandleader’s 15-year-old dog, a female mini dachshund named Normyn. The third album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra features a pair of suites - the first of which is an exploration of the stages of grieving, while the second is a reflection on love and loss.

'The Normyn Suites' is an elegy; to listen is to spend time in that space of loss, reckoning, questioning, and mourning. At the same time, though, with each note, each phrase, we are propelled back into life,” reflects author Alexandra Horowitz in the stirring liner notes. The first part is titled 'The Normyn Suite #1: (Soundtrack to the Five Stages of Grieving)', and was inspired by 'The Kübler-Ross Grief Cycle', a model introduced by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in her 1969 book 'On Death and Dying. The Five Stages of Grief' is a critically acclaimed study on how humans handle loss."

Facebook followers can preview the album with the track” Part 4 of “THE NORMYN SUITE #1” (Soundtrack To The Five Stages Of Grieving) featuring Walt Weiskopf on the MLO Facebook page.

READ MORE...AND ORDER CD & DIGITAL FORMATS at...

https://michaelleonhart.bandcamp.com/album/the-normyn-suites

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Subject: 4/10: First NYC MLO Shows in Over 2 Years!

Michael Leonhart Orchestra celebrates the beloved Normyn and the 3/25/22 release of "The Normyn Suites" with a special performance you won't want to miss!

First New York City show in over 2 years!

Rizzoli Bookstore
Sunday April 10th
5pm show
EventBrite deets: http://tinyurl.com/2p98s3u5

MLO will be joined by:

- E.J. Strickland Donny McCaslin
- JSWISS
- Joe Martin Elizabeth Pupo-Walker Robbie Mangano Jason Marshall
- John Altieri Chris Bullock, Carter Yasutake, Jamie Leonhart Freddie Hendrix and many more…
#bsidegraphics

From the EventBrite description of the Rizzoli Bookstore event:

"The Normyn Suites is both a requiem and celebration, inspired by the life and death of the bandleader’s 15-year-old dog, a female mini dachshund named Normyn. The third album by the MLO features a pair of suites—the first of which is an exploration of the stages of grieving, while the second is a reflection on love and loss. Leonhart's friend and author Alexandra Horowitz ("Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know) writes in the liner notes: "The Normyn Suites is an elegy; to listen is to spend time in that space of loss, reckoning, questioning, and mourning. At the same time, though, with each note, each phrase, we are propelled back into life."

In keeping with the MLO’s eclectic musical palette, the album features collaborations with Elvis Costello, Bill Frisell, Larry Goldings, Nels Cline, and rapper JSWISS as well as two bonus offerings with Donny McCaslin.
The show at Rizzoli Music Aperitivo will feature E.J. Strickland (drums); Joe Martin (bass); Robbie Mangano (guitar); Elizabeth Pupo-Walker (percussion); Freddie Hendrix, Jordan McLean and Carter Yasutake (trumpets); Adam Dotson (trombone); John Altieri (tuba); Donny McCaslin and Jason Marshall (saxophones); and Ludovica Burtone (violin)."

Ever the prolific artist and in-demand collaborator, explore and buy selections from Michael Leonhart and MLO at https://michaelleonhart.bandcamp.com/


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Subject: Jon Herington News

The Jon Herington Band RIDES AGAIN
Dennie Espantman, Jon Herington, Frank Pagano
Saturday, April 2, 2022
The Cover Upstairs
Greenwood Lake, NY
http://www.CoveCastleNY.com

No Cover Charge but reservations recommended.
845.477.5599

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Subject: Jon Herington: Arrangements For Guitar – Jazz Guitar Life Book Review

http://www.thejazzguitarlife.com/2022/02/21/jon-herington-arrangements-for-guitar-jazz-guitar-life-book-review/

For further detail on Jon's "Arrangement For Guitar," his performances, and workshops, as well as The Hypothetical House Band, please check out his official site at http://www.jonherington.com

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Subject: Jim Beard/Jon Herington "Chunks and Chairknobs"

It still sounds great! If you haven't checked out "Chunks and Chairknobs", do it right away!

Overview: http://www.jonherington.com/beardherington.html

Buy at: http://www.jonherington.com/store.html
A Great Interview with Jim & Jon: "How did this come about?"
https://youtu.be/euklbIfq414

More information at http://www.jonherington.com

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Subject: Keith Carlock News

Keith is very active in a couple of different touring projects this spring.

RUDDER
featuring Cheek/Hey/Carlock/LeFebvre

March 27, 28 & 29, The Rex, Toronto
March 30, 31 & April 1, The 55 Bar, NYC
April 2, The Stone Church, Newmarket, NH

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BAND of OTHER BROTHERS
Jeff Coffin, Nir Felder, Jeff Babko, Will Lee, and Keith

April 19, Songbirds, Chattanooga
April 20, City Winery, Nashville
April 22 & 23, The Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis
April 24, St. Louis, Off Broadway

For tickets, check out http://www.keithcarlock.com

Buy All Kinds of Stuff including "IN THE JAM: NYC Funk" 10 Multi-Track Video Jams--You Control The Mix" with Carlock/Jenkins/Buono. Multiple titles from Rudder. And more.
http://keithcarlock.com/buy/

Keith has a great web site and store at http://keithcarlock.com. When you are there, be sure to sign up for his email newsletter. And don't miss his Twitter feed for the up-to-the-minute news and appearances from Keith --http://www.twitter.com/KeithCarlock

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Subject: LaTanya Hall Notes

The latest from LaTanya at
http://latanyahall.com

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Subject: Roger Rosenberg Notes

Roger Rosenberg
"Baritonality"
Buy at: https://www.amazon.com/Baritonality-Roger-Rosenberg/dp/B002F3BPF4

Also: Here's Roger working his magic in 2002 with Bob Mintzer Big Band, back in 2002 on "Timeless."

https://youtu.be/A6Qsj_-MoG8

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Subject: Walt Weiskopf News

"Tenor Gladness"
Interview with Walt Weiskopf
by Ed Joffe, Joffee Woodwinds

Ed Joffee writes:

"Walt Weiskopf has been a longtime friend and colleague of mine. We initially met on the Broadway show Victor Victoria and have since shared many musical, educational and golfing experiences together. Walt is an extremely articulate individual who gives his all in every situation. Whether in a big band, jazz combo, commercial gig, recording date, or working with Steely Dan, Walt is always on top of his game—a contributing team player and fantastic soloist. This flexibility as an artist has allowed him to develop an approach to sharing his knowledge through his many publications, his website, and teaching endeavors. His desire to continue to evolve as a jazz artist has resulted in a wealth of original compositions that allow him to explore new avenues of expression. Walt’s latest album, Introspection, is evidence of that. Please visit his website for more information on purchasing his music as well as his latest video teaching masterclasses: www.WaltWeiskopf.com.

Hear the interview at:
https://joffewoodwinds.com/videos/walt-weiskopf-tenor-gladness/

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Subject: Walt Weiskopf, "Introspection, V, 2.0," more

Walt Weiskopf European Quartet announces v. 2.0 of their most recent release, "Introspection." Featuring six additional tracks, the new version drops at the usual digital music sources on October 15, 2021. The first of these six tracks, "When Your Lover Has Gone," is available now at https://waltweiskopf.lnk.to/gone

Walt's website, including links to all of his social media outlets can be found at https://waltweiskopf.com


Walt Weiskopf European Quartet Live In Concer at Marburgt, January 2022.
https://youtu.be/0rekBF8b2cI

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Subject: Calling All Current SD Orchestra Members & Alumns

The Dandom Digest would like to support your new album release by sending a special edition of the Dandom Digest. The Dandom Digest wants to do its part to help get the word out about your labor of love. The Dandom Digest goes to approximately 1,750 hardcore Steely Dan fans. Email jjmckay at me.com for info when the release is approaching. Thank you!

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Subject: REDUX: New Dates Added to "Earth After Hours" Tour

The Steely Dan Earth After Hours Tour 2022 has added seven new dates, now on sale. These include Franklin, TN, Durham, NC, Atlantic City, NJ, Bridgeport, CT and three dates in Port Chester, NY. See http://www.steelydan.com/events for links to the full OFFICIAL schedule and tickets.

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Date: Wed, April 20, 2022, 10:51:54 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

The remix of "The Bear" sounds great...the best one yet. (Yeah, I'm fairly certain Fagen wouldn't like some of the echo reverb but I think it's great.)

This is directed to general audiences and not at Dr. Mµ: I believe it as around 2006 that Donald first said *the name* Rikki was inspired by Rikki Ducornet and I seem to remember Donald did explain she was attractive. But don't forget Walter! There are other takes, including a couple times Walter has suggested, off the record and in his very delightfully, elusive way. When Walter's involved, the lyrics often have more of a Rubik's cube aspect to them.


Date: Wed, April 20, 2022, 00:25:19 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Oh, wow - The Bear demo on steroids...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwghDRDzxfQ


Date: Wed, April 20, 2022, 00:21:33 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Even better music...

Very nice recent restoration of Kulee Baba.

What a shame CDs weren't invented so Gaucho could be CD length...or a double album, or even a 3 sided album. It's staggering KB didn't make the final cut.


KB more than every is my favorite Gaucho outtake. The Bear, I Can't Write Home About You in addition to 2nd A.

https://youtu.be/zEVdpkOHuu8



Date: Tues, April 19, 2022, 12:21:38 ET
Posted by: finally, finally

some good music


Date: Tues, April 19, 2022, 06:14:38 ET
Posted by: dirk, somewhere in the western world

Linda Hoover - Jones
written by DF/WB

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wxxb6MnY93w

From the upcoming recordstore day release of
"I need to shine"


Date: Mon, April 18, 2022, 15:57:35 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

I went with my wife to 2 shows with John Mayer. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but he won me over with his cover of Jimi Hendrix "Voodoo Child". He really had his guitar wailing on that one !
Also when I looked at the band and saw that Steely Dan's superb drummer, Keith Carlock, was his drummer, I knew this was going to be a great night of music.


Date: Sat, April 16, 2022, 16:05:00 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Steve M: That's no Mayer lemon, indeed!!


I was reminded of a famous line from Rikki Don't Lose That Number this morning: "...send it off in a letter to yourself." Something done back in the day by writing a letter with a date and a postmark memorialized something for posterity that was precious or needed proof of creation. This strategy was used many years ago for patentable inventions or evidence for a legal case, will, or for security.

Today, on an email we often cc ourselves if emailing an important document, especially one with fiscal ramifications.


this morning, I discovered a discrepancy in funding for a small grant. Because I cc'd myself and/or for an upload memorialize the contents, I have the evidence on my side to rectify things.


In Rikki:
"Rikki Don't Lost that Number (yes, it's a phone #)
You don't want to call nobody else
Send it off in a letter to yourself
You might use it when you feel better"

"When you get home."


The assumption here is that the protagonist's phone number is so important that receiving the letter would be a reminder to keep it sealed and/or in a safe place later on.


note: "anybody" would be correct English, and Donald was an English major I believe, but it doesn't really work for the song and connotes familiarity, maybe an emotional tether.

"when you get home" is not clear whether that means later that night (so why write a letter?)..or when the student moved back home?

Walter in a 1985 interview stated the number isn't a joint (seems obvious from the lyrics). Donald in one interview it was about Rikki Ducornet, an older Bard grad (1964) who wanted to be a visual artist, but was married. Paul Shaffer had a cousin named Rikki of their age who allegedly knew Donald.

Later, Walter and Donald said in an interview they didn't really know who Rikki was about anymore or what the song was about and implied they didn't want to play the song. Rikki was off the playlist for a decade, maybe longer (?) before reappearing on setlists. Rikki is on the NE Corridor live CD of course.

Having said that, a song or situation of unrequited crush works in general. There's accessibility and emotion, particularly in the guitar solo or burst of frustration and pleading in the bridge...it's unusual for most SD songs to be this personal.

"You tell yourself you're not my kind
But you don't even know your mind
And you could have a change of heart."


These emotive connections with people are probably why Rikki was their highest charting single (#4), even with Irving Azoff greasing the wheel after Royal Scam.




Date: Sat, April 16, 2022, 03:28:11 ET
Posted by: Steve M, Scotland

Can't take the credit for the Mayer Hawthorne link, it was somebody here on the Blue that originally posted about him about 5+ years ago. I've discovered so much good music over the years from recommendations and links posted here!


Date: Fri, April 15, 2022, 21:02:03 ET
Posted by: EC, NY

Steve M - Now THERE'S a Mayer I could vote for! Never heard that track before - made me smile. Thanks!

What about the "new" SD touring guitarist? Is it who I thought it was? Has any announcement been made, officially or otherwise? Or did I over-infer and over-react? Based on SDV's post, I immediately thought of Mr. 335. Was it just me??


Date: Fri, April 15, 2022, 20:06:45 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Steve M: Nice! Mayer live long and prosper!

Like a hybrid groove between Miss Marlene and the Cars.

Funky Rhodes and guitar solo with that Marvin Gaye falsetto.

...which segues into our Mamas Gun video du jour. ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-jVAf4G_E8






Date: Fri, April 15, 2022, 19:21:53 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, I May Be The Mayer Of Simpleton

Steve M - That was one link well worth checking out. Never heard of Mayer Hawthorne before today, but that was fun. Who sez ya can't learn stuff here on The Blue??


Date: Fri, April 15, 2022, 06:43:35 ET
Posted by: Steve M, Scotland

This is my Mayer of choice....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4iIsE1PBhE


Date: Thurs, April 14, 2022, 16:44:51 ET
Posted by: Gene, PA

Mayer, Dangentially.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe87Ih-YOcU


Date: Wed, April 13, 2022, 21:41:06 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Not Exactly The Mayer Of Casterbridge

As far as the John Mayer thing goes, I really don't have a particularly firm opinion either way. Sure, I've heard the guy's name before, here and there - apparently some years ago he got a lot of tacky/tawdry Celebrity Notoriety for repeatedly sticking his wiggly into Brittney Spears and then bragging about it publicly - but as far as I can tell I am one of the very few people fortunate enough to have never knowingly heard a John Mayer song.

OK, maybe some derivative-but-inexplicably-popular John Mayer music-product was once played in the Home Depot, over the PA, in the background, when I was shopping in the seasonal aisle, that one time, sure, of course, it's possible. But I promise you that I can't name a John Mayer song/can't even hum a John Mayer tune. And if anyone here thinks I'm gonna Goggle [sic] his name and then actually listen to whatever it is he does, on the YooToob or anywhere else, well, you'd be very sadly mistaken. Life's too fucking short, and all that. As they say.

I guess if I were placing my drive-through order, I'd probably say, "I'll have the Steely Dan - hold the John Mayer, please".


Date: Sun, April 10, 2022, 19:11:39 ET
Posted by: Dez, onl

If John Mayer interrupts a Steely Dan concert they better have good security because otherwise I'm running up there and unplugging everything so none of us have to hear that shit


Date: Fri, April 08, 2022, 23:44:51 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

I would be OK with John Mayer if he only played a 10 minute version of Gravity and then exited stage left.


Date: Fri, April 08, 2022, 23:43:17 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Steve M,

Very nice!

Swing Out sister is/was another band with the chops and jazz/pop fusion sound many here migrate toward.

Simply Red/Mick Hucknall had their moments. Picture Book, Life, and especially the underrated Stay got some good soul.


Speaking of Andy Platts/Young Gun/Silver Fox/Mamas Gun...MG dropped their new album Cure the Jones in Europe this week. the American release is 4/29. No Buzz - The album was recorded in less than a week on analog tape only in Andy Platts studio (courtesy of writing 3 #1 K-pop hits). Mamas Gun members pay the rent as studio musicians on the side and it shows - righteous, tight slow-burn grooves. I had previously posted the double sided single Looking for Moses and Party for One.

There's a sneak peak out there now. It sounds even more retro than Golden Days, but in a nebulous way rather than the late 70s time capsule of Young Gun Silver Fox.



https://youtu.be/_Gwc1i4fDxg

Lush, 1970 Thom Bell-like Delfonic-like production with some slick chord changes. What Silk Sonic attempted to do and not badly, but they added a far too heavy dose of cute and 4th wall breakage.

https://youtu.be/1AH9GK-HxHw


Mamas Gun would actually be a great fit with The SD Band and as the opening act they would be introduced to America. MG are crack musicians live!

An Al Green / Ike Turner groove here:

https://youtu.be/0iOxBNM8UuE

Shoulda been massive hit from their last album:

https://youtu.be/tKq4SXlKwEU


Seriously, who's doing the booking?!



Date: Wed, April 06, 2022, 22:07:06 ET
Posted by: EC, NY

Apologies to Napoleon/UK, but what M/O/D/P said about Elvis Costello I would apply to John Mayer...several times. And I guess I'm a "graying millennial". For whatever that's worth.

If the guitarist I think we're now talking about is the one I think we're talking about, holy sh*t. Even if it's just one summer tour. Holy sh*t.


Date: Wed, April 06, 2022, 13:49:15 ET
Posted by: Rie, rie

half his shows anyway have been Steely Dan stories, so I'm game.


Date: Wed, April 06, 2022, 13:43:12 ET
Posted by: SDV, up on the hill

John Mayer has already ruined one of my favorite bands, thanks very much.

from what I hear, Connor has been replaced by one of the best players alive and a member of the Dan family tree. not sure if an official announcement will be made or if he'll just take the stage on opening night but I CAN'T WAIT


Date: Tues, April 05, 2022, 19:34:58 ET
Posted by: Napoleon , Uk

Hello everyone,

Another opinion splitter I know but John Mayer guesting for a few shows would hit a sweet spot for ticket sales and taste. Appeals to the greying Millennials who are in to the Dan and he has the chops for Black Friday, Pretzel, anything bluesy.

Also plays with the Grateful Dead

Okay bye


Date: Thurs, March 31, 2022, 20:20:17 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Reflogging an already-very-dead horse/Giant-Sized Aimee Mann-Thing #5/I don't need no opening act/"Or Maybe..."

Editor's Note: I know the thorny/prickly/contentious Aimee-Mann-dropped-as-opener non-issue has been done-with here for a while, but since I didn't get a chance to chime in when it was current, I figgered I'd throw up this "or maybe" bit anyways.
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...Or maybe Steve Winwood - remember when he was supposed to be part of the proceedings? - was actually a big ticket-selling point. And maybe Aimee Mann just wasn't. And maybe some refunds were requested. No "sexism" or any other trendy "ism" either. Sometimes a non-fan-friendly clumsy mismatch is just a non-fan-friendly clumsy mismatch. I'll take Doc Mu's word for it that Aimee Mann is a legit artist & singer, but that's as far as I go.

there are, however, examples of how sometimes things can sometimes go the other way...

Despite his obnoxious, grating stage presence, his weak back-catalog, and his irritating monotonous delivery (not to mention how annoying he is), Elvis Costello very likely did positively affect ticket sales on the tour he did with SD. I can't stand the guy, but I know I'm in the minority. Clearly, he has fans, and they were/are willing to pay to see him, so his presence likely helped the viability of that particular SD tour.

By contrast, any one of those organ trio openers we used to see so often over the years probably had no effect at all on ticket sales, good or bad. I personally liked all of them, especially the Deep Blue Organ Trio guys, but, again, I suspect I'm in the minority, even here on The Blue. I know for certain I'm in the minority whenever I'm in the audience at a Steely Dan live show, though. If you're reading this on The Bluebook, you're also likely in the minority when taking in a Steely Dan show. I don't need to explain this, so of course I will.

At the venue, many treat what they perceive to be an unknown/uninteresting opening act as an excuse to talk constantly and loudly about work/things/stuff/The Big Game/the drive in to the venue/anything but the goddamned music, all while the performer is performing ("of course"). Hell, at a lot of the SD shows I've been to, those very same ADHD-afflicted/I-am-the-center-of-the-universe "fans" also blabber uncontrollably during the dozen-plus SD songs they don't recognize from their beloved Classic-Rock-Totally-Rocks-Dude radio station's stunted playlist.

On the other hand, maybe, in some cases, a dud of an opener induces those same chatty, drunken clods to line up (during the opener's performance, of course) for [even] more $20.00 Big Gulp beers and hilariously-overpriced "official tour merchandise", thus bumping up overall revenue. Again, maybe - I don't have the statistics.

But really, if an opening act doesn't boost the bottom line, why even have an opening act?

My best guess is that the evening - any evening - would benefit from a nice 7:30 pm/8:00 pm start by the feature ("only") act, a roughly two-plus-hour set plus an encore or two, with the whole thing all neatly wrapped by around 10:30 pm or so. For younger concertgoers, HEY! - it's time to hit the bars!! For those more [ahem] geriatric attendees - some of whom may very well have been brought into the venue on slabs - if it's 10:30 pm, it's time to hit the sack.

M/O/D/P


Date: Wed, March 30, 2022, 21:18:35 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Just received and listened to Cat Russell's new album Send for Me. Great as always!!
Peace


Date: Wed, March 30, 2022, 14:39:48 ET
Posted by: Steve M, Scotland

Over the years on the Blue there's been a lot of love for some of the more 'adult' sophisticated British pop music from late 80's to early 90's. China Crisis have loomed large for obvious reasons, Prefab Sprout, Love and Money, Danny Wilson, Eye to Eye etc etc. I can't however remember anyone mentioning this duo, there's even a slight hint of the current sound from Mama's Gun/ Young Gun Silver fox.

Anyway, have a listen, see what you think

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLyKTrBAbck&list=RDEMydA59o_8yBQs1ArZcM0KDw&start_radio=1

ps: regarding the previous uncredited post: I think we've found David Palmer's Bluebook login.....


Date: Tues, March 29, 2022, 08:39:31 ET
Posted by: ,

Steely Dan unceremoniously removing a musician from the band? I'm shocked, *shocked* I tell you! That doesn't sound like the Steely Dan I know!!


Date: Sun, March 27, 2022, 16:55:55 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

I finally got a chance to buy my copy of "Northeast Corridor" yesterday at a record store here in Tampa.
I was really delighted when I had a chance to listen to it today. I love that it has some songs that over the years have been more like B sides or rarely played tunes like "Things I Miss the Most" and "Glamour Profession". Even "Rikki..." and "Any Major Dude.." while being major hit songs for SD haven't always been Live favorites, so I was very pleased that they were included too. "Kid Charlemagne" and "Black Cow", of course, had to be included as they are, IMO, the 2 best Live songs they do in most or every show.
I will go back and get "The Nightfly" sometime soon and can't wait to hear Donald's new album whenever that gets a release date. Until then, I'll count down the days till their big show in St. Pete that we'll be attending in a few short months.


Date: Sat, March 26, 2022, 11:34:03 ET
Posted by: Sam, NH

Thanks Don. Very colo(u)rful.


Date: Sat, March 26, 2022, 10:29:33 ET
Posted by: DonB, Los Angeles

Hey, that's me on the new Sound Logic podcast, talking about my favo(u)rite* subject! It's nice to be the author who gets consulted whenever Aja comes up...

https://anchor.fm/soundlogic/episodes/63-Aja-by-Steely-Dan-with-our-Special-Guest--Don-Breithaupt-e1fauuu

Meanwhile, I should have a firm release date (and some other tantalizing info) for the new Monkey House album this week. So proud of this one — can't wait for it to drop. The title, Remember The Audio, has to do with never forgetting what it was like being hit with the magic sound the first time it got through to you, whether it was out of a transistor radio or your best friend’s older brother’s record collection. It's also a wee pun on Remember The Alamo...

*The (u) is for Brits or Canadians who may be present.


Date: Thurs, March 24, 2022, 17:11:38 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

The Dandom Digest is back! The latest edition of the Dandom Digest (Vol. 30, No. 1) was sent and you should now have it. It covers January 1-March 23, 2022. The previous regular Dandom Digest covered October 4-25, 2021, with no digest for the rest of 2021.
Had both technical and non-technical issues over the past several months. In fact, a fresh technical issue meant that the Dandom DIgest was sent out last night at 9 PM NYC time, is timestamped about 3 AM, and not delivered until Noon today. Etc. Etc. Etc. Don't bother making a flow chart of all that--just look for it. in your email box (or spam filter?)
One other little goof...about three items were left out by accident, but will appear in our next edition covering March 24-31, 2022. But if you think your post is missing, contact me at jjmckay AT me DOT com.

As I regularly remind subscribers, some people have problems with delivery of the Dandom Digest, usually because of their spam filters, firewalls, etc. That's why this sort of notice is posted here--so you are aware that you should have received the latest edition. With email filters and spam, what they are today, there can be some issues beyond our control. For example, many work-place email servers reject email that it scans as having a "naughty" word. At any rate, if you don't see it in your in box, let me know by sending an email at jjmckay at me dot com.

If you are not currently a subscriber but would like to receive the free Dandom Digest email newsletter, please email me at jjmckay AT me DOT com or see http://www.dandom.com/dandomdigest/index.html

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As the Dandom Digest begins its 30th year, thanks to all who contributed to the latest edition of the Dandom Digest, be it through the emailing digest AT dandom DOT com or through posting to our BlueBook guestbook or Facebook page; or tweeting @dandomdotcom.

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DANDOM DIGEST

January 1—March 23, 2022
Yr. 30, No. 1

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IN THIS DANDOM DIGEST

The Dandom Digest is Back
New Dates Added to "Earth After Hours" Tour
Opening Act Changes
Connor Kennedy Announces He's No Longer With Steely Dan
REDUX: Donald Fagen Album on the Way!
REDUX: "Landmark Interview" With Donald Fagen
REDUX: Don't Miss: DF Interview on Detroit Radio
New Music from Jeff Baxter

NEW! OUT 3/25: MLO's "The Normyn Suites"
4/10: First NYC MLO Shows in Over 2 Years!

NEW ALBUM! Catherine Russell's "Send For Me"
- How to Listen
- Official Videos
- Live Performances
- Some Recent Interviews & Articles
- Catherine on NPR TinyDesk

Jon Herington News
Jon Herington: Arrangements For Guitar – Jazz Guitar Life Book Review
Jim Beard/Jon Herington "Chunks and Chairknobs"
Keith Carlock News
LaTanya Hall Notes
Roger Rosenberg Notes
Walt Weiskopf News
Walt Weiskopf, "Introspection, V, 2.0," more
Calling All Current SD Orchestra Members & Alumns

5/5-6: Live For Live Tribute To Steely Dan in New Orleans
Steely Musicians On New Wendel Album
New Monkey House on the Way & More
REDUX: 33 1/3 Podcast Kicks Off w/Don Breithaupt's "Aja"

Followed by

PRETZEL LOGIC

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Subject: The Dandom Digest is Back

Due to various complications, the Dandom Digest has been on hiatus since our last edition of October 4-25, 2021. There is no Dandom Digest for October 26-December 31, 2021.

Thanks for your inquiries, interest, and support, especially as the Dandom Digest begins its 30th year.

Best,

Jim
aka hoops

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Subject: New Dates Added to "Earth After Hours" Tour

The Steely Dan Earth After Hours Tour 2022 has added seven new dates, now on sale. These include Franklin, TN, Durham, NC, Atlantic City, NJ, Bridgeport, CT and three dates in Port Chester, NY. See http://www.steelydan.com/events for links to the full OFFICIAL schedule and tickets.

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Subject: Opening Act Changes

The Steely Dan After Hours Tour 2022 has undergone some changes in the opening act. Steven Winwood was originally scheduled for the tour dates in 2020. Steve is stepping back and Snarky Puppy will open for most, if not all, shows through June's date at Tinley Park, IL outside of Chicago. There was also some confusion--and even some controversey--about Aimee Mann opening for much of the remaining dates. Howerver, she is no longer on the bill. Details about the mixup are summarized in this L.A. Times piece: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-03-17/steely-dan-aimee-mann-donald-fagen-tour
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Subject: Connor Kennedy Announces He's No Longer With Steely Dan

Connor Kennedy recently announced on his Instagram account that he is no longer with Steely Dan. The amazingly talented guitarist joined the Steely Dan Orchestra in 2018, after the passing of Walter. Most recently, Connor played with Jim Vivino, Will Lee, and other A-list musicians, performing on "Learning to Fly" on March 10 at the Love Rocks NYC charity performance. He's a video of that performance. https://youtu.be/xBcWcY6pebI

We wish the best to Connor--the best is yet to come.
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Date: September 30, 2021
Subject: REDUX: Donald Fagen Album on the Way!

It's true. And one of the working titles is "Stellar Bartender."

Rolling Stone checked in with Donald to see what's up...

Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen Spent the Pandemic Writing Songs for a New Album
Musician says he’s already recorded demos for what will be his first solo effort since 2012’s Sunken Condos

“After [the pandemic] went on for a while, I ended up writing almost an album’s worth of tunes for a solo record,” Fagen says in a new interview. “It was actually a really good period for me.”

Continues...

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/steely-dan-donald-fagen-new-album-1235132/

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Subject: REDUX: "Landmark Interview" With Donald Fagen
Date: September 23, 2021

Paul Grimstad's interview with Donald Fagen will definitely will be a reference point for years to come. Don't miss it.

https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/arts-letters/articles/conversation-with-donald-fagen

After you are done, be sure to revisit Leo Sidrans's interview with Donald Fagen published July 30, 2019.

http://www.third-story.com/listen/donaldfagen

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Subject: REDUX: Don't Miss: DF Interview on Detroit Radio
Date: September 27, 2021

Donald Fagen talks with FM 94.7's about the new live albums and the fall tour.

https://wcsx.com/episodes/jim-bits-9-27-21-donald-fagen-interview/

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Subject; New Music from Jeff Baxter

Jeff Baxter is coming out with a new album and, if it's correct, a tour is also on the horizon.

Here's the first single, Jeff's new rendition of "My Old School." David Paich is featured on keyboards.
https://youtu.be/0MtLJqmxxzU

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Subject: NEW! OUT 3/25: MLO's "The Normyn Suites"

Michael Leonhart Orchestra's "New One" is out this Friday, March 25, 2022. "The Normyn Suites" features MLO's cadre of fine musicians with contributions from Elvis Costello, Larry Goldings,
Bill Frisell, Chris Potter, JSWISS, Walt Weiskopf, and Donny McCaslin.

From promotional material:
"The Normyn Suites is both a requiem and celebration, inspired by the life and death of the bandleader’s 15-year-old dog, a female mini dachshund named Normyn. The third album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra features a pair of suites - the first of which is an exploration of the stages of grieving, while the second is a reflection on love and loss.

'The Normyn Suites' is an elegy; to listen is to spend time in that space of loss, reckoning, questioning, and mourning. At the same time, though, with each note, each phrase, we are propelled back into life,” reflects author Alexandra Horowitz in the stirring liner notes. The first part is titled 'The Normyn Suite #1: (Soundtrack to the Five Stages of Grieving)', and was inspired by 'The Kübler-Ross Grief Cycle', a model introduced by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in her 1969 book 'On Death and Dying. The Five Stages of Grief' is a critically acclaimed study on how humans handle loss."

Facebook followers can preview the album with the track” Part 4 of “THE NORMYN SUITE #1” (Soundtrack To The Five Stages Of Grieving) featuring Walt Weiskopf on the MLO Facebook page.

READ MORE...AND ORDER CD & DIGITAL FORMATS at...

https://michaelleonhart.bandcamp.com/album/the-normyn-suites

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Subject: 4/10: First NYC MLO Shows in Over 2 Years!

Michael Leonhart Orchestra celebrates the beloved Normyn and the 3/25/22 release of "The Normyn Suites" on with a special performance you won't want to miss!

First New York City show in over 2 years!

Rizzoli Bookstore
Sunday April 10th
5pm show
EventBrite deets: http://tinyurl.com/2p98s3u5

MLO will be joined by:

- E.J. Strickland Donny McCaslin
- JSWISS
- Joe Martin Elizabeth Pupo-Walker Robbie Mangano Jason Marshall
- John Altieri Chris Bullock, Carter Yasutake, Jamie Leonhart Freddie Hendrix and many more…
#bsidegraphics

From the EventBrite description of the Rizzoli Bookstore event:

"The Normyn Suites is both a requiem and celebration, inspired by the life and death of the bandleader’s 15-year-old dog, a female mini dachshund named Normyn. The third album by the MLO features a pair of suites—the first of which is an exploration of the stages of grieving, while the second is a reflection on love and loss. Leonhart's friend and author Alexandra Horowitz ("Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know) writes in the liner notes: "The Normyn Suites is an elegy; to listen is to spend time in that space of loss, reckoning, questioning, and mourning. At the same time, though, with each note, each phrase, we are propelled back into life."

In keeping with the MLO’s eclectic musical palette, the album features collaborations with Elvis Costello, Bill Frisell, Larry Goldings, Nels Cline, and rapper JSWISS as well as two bonus offerings with Donny McCaslin.
The show at Rizzoli Music Aperitivo will feature E.J. Strickland (drums); Joe Martin (bass); Robbie Mangano (guitar); Elizabeth Pupo-Walker (percussion); Freddie Hendrix, Jordan McLean and Carter Yasutake (trumpets); Adam Dotson (trombone); John Altieri (tuba); Donny McCaslin and Jason Marshall (saxophones); and Ludovica Burtone (violin)."

Ever the prolific artist and in-demand collaborator, explore and buy selections from Michael Leonhart and MLO at https://michaelleonhart.bandcamp.com/

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Subject: NEW ALBUM! Catherine Russell's "Send For Me"

There's an incredible buzz and wealth of activity around Catherine Russell's newest album, "Send For Me" which is due out 4/1/22. Hopefully the next few items will give you an overview of what the excitement is all about--but really, JUST BUY THE ALBUM. I've been blessed to already have my copy and I can't stop playing it. It's a great respite during these challenging times. Here's hoping this is the album that does trick and gives Catherine the Grammy she has so richly deserved all these years.

ORDER THE LIMITED EDITION CD:
Direct from Dot Time Records:
https://www.dottimerecords.com/product/catherine-russell-send-for-me

ORDER/STREAM/LISTEN/BUY
in all sorts of formats:
https://hypeddit.com/fl0s2j

OFFICIAL VIDEOS of TRACKS FROM "SEND FOR ME"

"At The Swing Cats Ball"
https://youtu.be/jvIew8xZQe0

"Make It Last"
https://jazztimes.com/audio-video/premieres/jt-video-premiere-make-it-last-by-catherine-russell/

“Blue and Sentimental”
https://www.jazziz.com/joel-ross-simona-smirnova-more-new-release-cheat-sheet/

LIVE PERFORMANCES

3/24/22
Carnegie Hall Tickets (As Part of Tribute To Duke Ellington)
https://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2022/03/24/American-Symphony-Orchestra-0800PM

3/26/22
Jazz at Lincoln Center Tickets
https://2022.jazz.org/what-is-the-blues-with-catherine-russell

See https://www.catherinerussell.net/tour for a full list of many tour dates over the coming weeks and months.

SOME RECENT INTERVIEWS & ARTICLES

'All About Jazz" on "Send For Me"
https://www.allaboutjazz.com/march-2022-sent-for-me-catherine-russell

ROCHESTERFIRST.COM
1-on-1 with Catherine Russell: Jazz singer, Rochester favorite
with Dan Gross

https://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/features/1-on-1-with-catherine-russell-jazz-singer-rochester-favorite

A short excerpt:

DAN GROSS: Talk to me about this new release you have coming out in April.

CATHERINE RUSSELL: It’s called “Send For Me,” the theme is a jazz and blues theme as usual. And it’s just a collection of songs that I like and have been trying out. So if I try them out, and I get a positive response, then I record them; then we go on from there. It’s kind of a rolling thing. People like something, then I continue to do it.

DAN GROSS: 2006 was the first solo album, and you spent a lot of time working as a, you know, as someone as a backup singer. What did you learn from your time working as a backup singer collaborating with all these musicians?

CATHERINE RUSSELL: I’m still a backup singer, I work with Steely Dan. So very proud to say that...

See the full interview at https://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/features/1-on-1-with-catherine-russell-jazz-singer-rochester-favorite

CATHERINE RUSSELL ON NPR TINYDESK
https://www.npr.org/2022/02/11/1076098017/catherine-russell-tiny-desk-home-concert

Pretty much her entire CATalogue including her latest, the Grammy-nominated
"Alone Together"
Buy at: http://www.catherinerussell.net/listen.php

There's a lot more...check out http://www.catherinerussll.net

Links to all of Catherine's social media channels can be found at the bottom of the page at http://www.catherinerussell.net ; Her Facebook artist page, https://www.facebook.com/catherinerussellmusic ; and her official Twitter feed, https://twitter.com/crussellsinger

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Subject: Jon Herington News

The Jon Herington Band RIDES AGAIN
Dennie Espantman, Jon Herington, Frank Pagano
Saturday, April 2, 2022
The Cover Upstairs
Greenwood Lake, NY
http://www.CoveCastleNY.com

No Cover Charge but reservations recommended.
845.477.5599

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Subject: Jon Herington: Arrangements For Guitar – Jazz Guitar Life Book Review

http://www.thejazzguitarlife.com/2022/02/21/jon-herington-arrangements-for-guitar-jazz-guitar-life-book-review/

For further detail on Jon's "Arrangement For Guitar," his performances, and workshops, as well as The Hypothetical House Band, please check out his official site at http://www.jonherington.com

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Subject: Jim Beard/Jon Herington "Chunks and Chairknobs"

It still sounds great! If you haven't checked out "Chunks and Chairknobs", do it right away!

Overview: http://www.jonherington.com/beardherington.html

Buy at: http://www.jonherington.com/store.html
A Great Interview with Jim & Jon: "How did this come about?"
https://youtu.be/euklbIfq414

More information at http://www.jonherington.com

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Subject: Keith Carlock News

Keith is very active in a couple of different touring projects this spring.

RUDDER
featuring Cheek/Hey/Carlock/LeFebvre

March 27, 28 & 29, The Rex, Toronto
March 30, 31 & April 1, The 55 Bar, NYC
April 2, The Stone Church, Newmarket, NH

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BAND of OTHER BROTHERS
Jeff Coffin, Nir Felder, Jeff Babko, Will Lee, and Keith

April 19, Songbirds, Chattanooga
April 20, City Winery, Nashville
April 22 & 23, The Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis
April 24, St. Louis, Off Broadway

For tickets, check out http://www.keithcarlock.com

Buy All Kinds of Stuff including "IN THE JAM: NYC Funk" 10 Multi-Track Video Jams--You Control The Mix" with Carlock/Jenkins/Buono. Multiple titles from Rudder. And more.
http://keithcarlock.com/buy/

Keith has a great web site and store at http://keithcarlock.com. When you are there, be sure to sign up for his email newsletter. And don't miss his Twitter feed for the up-to-the-minute news and appearances from Keith --http://www.twitter.com/KeithCarlock

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Subject: LaTanya Hall Notes

The latest from LaTanya at
http://latanyahall.com

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Subject: Roger Rosenberg Notes

Roger Rosenberg
"Baritonality"
Buy at: https://www.amazon.com/Baritonality-Roger-Rosenberg/dp/B002F3BPF4

Also: Here's Roger working his magic in 2002 with Bob Mintzer Big Band, back in 2002 on "Timeless."

https://youtu.be/A6Qsj_-MoG8

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Subject: Walt Weiskopf News

"Tenor Gladness"
Interview with Walt Weiskopf
by Ed Joffe, Joffee Woodwinds

Ed Joffee writes:

"Walt Weiskopf has been a longtime friend and colleague of mine. We initially met on the Broadway show Victor Victoria and have since shared many musical, educational and golfing experiences together. Walt is an extremely articulate individual who gives his all in every situation. Whether in a big band, jazz combo, commercial gig, recording date, or working with Steely Dan, Walt is always on top of his game—a contributing team player and fantastic soloist. This flexibility as an artist has allowed him to develop an approach to sharing his knowledge through his many publications, his website, and teaching endeavors. His desire to continue to evolve as a jazz artist has resulted in a wealth of original compositions that allow him to explore new avenues of expression. Walt’s latest album, Introspection, is evidence of that. Please visit his website for more information on purchasing his music as well as his latest video teaching masterclasses: www.WaltWeiskopf.com.

Hear the interview at:
https://joffewoodwinds.com/videos/walt-weiskopf-tenor-gladness/

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Subject: Walt Weiskopf, "Introspection, V, 2.0," more

Walt Weiskopf European Quartet announces v. 2.0 of their most recent release, "Introspection." Featuring six additional tracks, the new version drops at the usual digital music sources on October 15, 2021. The first of these six tracks, "When Your Lover Has Gone," is available now at https://waltweiskopf.lnk.to/gone

Walt's website, including links to all of his social media outlets can be found at https://waltweiskopf.com


Walt Weiskopf European Quartet Live In Concer at Marburgt, January 2022.
https://youtu.be/0rekBF8b2cI

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Subject: Calling All Current SD Orchestra Members & Alumns

The Dandom Digest would like to support your new album release by sending a special edition of the Dandom Digest. The Dandom Digest wants to do its part to help get the word out about your labor of love. The Dandom Digest goes to approximately 1,750 hardcore Steely Dan fans. Email jjmckay at me.com for info when the release is approaching. Thank you!

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Subject: 5/5-6: Live For Live Tribute To Steely Dan in New Orleans

Some pretty great New Orleans musicians pay tribute to Our Favorite Duo:

Live For Live Music Presents: Steely Dan Tribute featuring

Members of Turkuaz, The Motet, Ghost-Note, The Nth Power & More
Band: Joey Porter (keys, The Motet), Lyle Divinsky (vocals), Tim Palmieri (guitar, Lotus), Nate Edgar (bass, The Nth Power), Michelangelo Carubba (drums, Death Kings/Formerly Turkuaz), Craig Brodhead (guitar, Formerly Turkuaz), Shira Elias (vocals, Formerly Turkuaz), Sammi Garett (vocals, Formerly Turkuaz), Josh Schwartz (bari sax, Formerly Turkuaz), Greg Sanderson (sax, Formerly Turkuaz), Chris Brouwers (trumpet, Formerly Turkuaz), Nate Werth (percussion, Snarky Puppy/Ghost-Note), Bryan McNamara (sax)

Date: Thursday, May 5th, 2022 (technically early AM May 6th)
Venue: Howlin’ Wolf – 907 S. Peters St., New Orleans, LA, 70130
Time: Doors 1:00 AM / Show 2:00 AM

More details at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/live-for-live-music-presents-steely-dan-tribute-fest-by-nite-tickets-159741399827

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From: Tom Welch, tomdavidwelch AT gmail.com
Subject: Steely Musicians On New Wendel Album
Date: Wed, March 16, 2022, 9:42 pm

The band Wendel has a new album featuring Steely Dan Orchestra alumns

Two tracks featuring Keith Carlock and another track features Elliott Randall.

Wendel - These Times (with Keith Carlock on drums)
https://youtu.be/Pcd6QBWH6P0

Wendel - I Would Be King (with Keith Carlock on drums)
https://youtu.be/_ltMl4zfCVc

Wendel - Rolling Stony (with Elliott Randall on Guitar)
https://youtu.be/ZP5bhCbS_jI

Dan Fan community regular, keyboardist Nathan Adams, is also featured.

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Date: Wed, September 08, 2021, 14:54:29 ET
Subject: New Monkey House on the Way

It's pretty much a wrap on the new album from Don Breithaupt and Monkey House. Look for a new release very soon, hopefully REALLY SOON!

In the mean time, if you haven't already, be sure to pick up Monkey House's most recent release, "Friday" (featuring a cover of "Book of Liars"). Buy at http://www.almarecords.com/releases/#26 or Amazon.com

And if you have done that, check out this delightful whirlwind interview with Don on with Bonnie Anderson, Andrea Lyons & Jorge Molina on SNAK. Don talks Monkey House, Brass Transit, how he and his brother Jeff write songs--all in under 4 minutes!
https://youtu.be/e47n-wsZG_U

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Subject: REDUX: 33 1/3 Podcast Kicks Off w/Don Breithaupt's "Aja"
Date: Friday, September 10, 2021

Just a reminder about the inaugural 33⅓ podcast, wherein hip hop icons Prince Paul and Posdnuos (De La Soul) discuss Steely Dan's "Aja", using excerpts from Don Breithaupt's 2007 book!

Link to the podcast:
https://https://open.spotify.com/episode/3MRRwDUxz95bo9ZoPNWB4T?si=7BAjrkgJTEiIMLg0t_2cOA&dl_branch=1

Purchase the book:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0826427839/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_NBJE25YDFYKZR8Q3E3YA

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Date: Thurs, March 24, 2022, 13:00:42 ET
Posted by: Gene, PA

Maybe with Keith and Carolyn turning 50 last year, they get some kind of AARP tax break by dumping Connor?

Yeah, that's it.

Ok, come at me gatekeepers.


Date: Thurs, March 24, 2022, 10:40:32 ET
Posted by: LTK, Western World

Now that Connor Kennedy is not touring with the band who will be the second guitarist? Skunk Baxter?


Date: Thurs, March 24, 2022, 00:24:19 ET
Posted by: Maywltalowmtpd, Kc

52nd street’s the junction.

https://vm.tiktok.com/ZTd5x7hGv/


Date: Wed, March 23, 2022, 14:28:44 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu , with your man make up

So, I was thinking about the grip Walter and Donald had on human nature, especially the darker side, and expressed in their discography. Seemingly prophetic at times because human nature is twisted and persistent.

Even The Walter produced China Crisis and the rise of veiled and not so veiled plutocracy and autocracies with a close shaven face...and your man make up...

King in a Catholic Style from Flaunt the Imperfection.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_5RsTT5CFc


Date: Sun, March 20, 2022, 19:58:10 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu, Left of the Rio Grand at ACL

2:52

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcEi0nlc4ao


Date: Sun, March 20, 2022, 17:05:03 ET
Posted by: Connor, Western World

in 2018, after touring with the nightflyers; donald fagen asked me if i'd like to come out and start sitting in with steely dan
that july, i was playing a gig with amy helm in woodbridge, nj and we realized that the steely dan bus routing would have them rolling past woodbridge that evening
after the gig with amy, i sat and waited to be intercepted by donald and his bus
sometime around 1am i got a call that they were nearing, the bus pulled up, i got on, and so began to roll a snowball, which ultimately led to me joining steely dan as a member of the ensemble
this past tour, after covid sidelined things for two years, i made a point to play every show like it was my last with the band - enjoying every note of the shows and every minute of the time on the road
having practiced that mindset,
i am nothing but grateful for the memories i've consolidated to mind, all the experiences i've had
and all the things i've learned
despite not knowing what
great memories were yet to be,
the end of my tenure
with steely dan
leaves me satisfied
i will be focusing on what i was doing before all this started; writing and performing songs of my own with musicians i love playing with - and with my community at @levonhelmstudios - last year i began work on a new record, which i hope to release later this year
i'd like to thank anyone who has
enjoyed my contribution from the crowd
the band and crew, who showed me nothing but kindness and generosity from day one
and donald and walter for the eternal soul music that is
steely dan

gratefully,
ck


Date: Sun, March 20, 2022, 16:07:45 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Dean - Any World recording appears to have been from the 2006 Milwaukee concert. Date and setlist match up. I found another post. Very nice sound.

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/steely-dan/2006/henry-w-maier-festival-park-milwaukee-wi-5bc7c794.html

I like this take a lot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irAXP9K0Hq0


Date: Sun, March 20, 2022, 15:53:57 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Sorry to hear about Connor.

Bizarre about the Aimee Mann situation. Not sure if part of the "screw up" was an HR, 3rd party thing. Aimee Mann is a legit artist and singer. Not sure why we need the same perceived "style" from an opening act.

I don't know - may SD fans have become too cranky and are afraid of change...like the meltdown over the hyperdrive Here at the Western Word ca. 2006. I love it because new possibilities are open in the solos. Ironically, from the Martha thing...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYEDZnreoVQ


Welp, speaking of change. Faster, Harder, Deeper, Older. Skunk Baxter releases a new Rockin' version of My Old School:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MtLJqmxxzU

Actually, a few interesting and unexpected power pop licks in the intro and around 2:43 Coming to a Russian missile tracking station near you. It's a "Banger!"













Date: Sun, March 20, 2022, 12:17:07 ET
Posted by: Pete , Palm Desert, Ca

Hey Gene! I predict you're 100% wrong.


Date: Sun, March 20, 2022, 07:59:35 ET
Posted by: Gene, PA

I'm predicting he's not the only band member cut. Not everyone posts on social media.


Date: Sun, March 20, 2022, 00:31:42 ET
Posted by: InstaBud,

Connor Kennedy announced on his Instagram that he's no longer with Steely Dan.


Date: Fri, March 18, 2022, 23:51:26 ET
Posted by: TIMES, L.A.

The most interesting part is when it's reported that Walter Becker says he takes the blame for this mistake. 😂😇 (The mistake was later corrected by the LA Times.)

LA Times, 3/17/2022
"Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen apologizes to Aimee Mann after she accuses band of sexism"
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-03-17/steely-dan-aimee-mann-donald-fagen-tour


Date: Fri, March 18, 2022, 23:50:10 ET
Posted by: TIMES, L.A.

The most interesting part is when it's reported that Walter Becker says he takes the blame for this mistake. 😂😇

LA Times, 3/17/2022
"Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen apologizes to Aimee Mann after she accuses band of sexism"
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-03-17/steely-dan-aimee-mann-donald-fagen-tour


Date: Fri, March 18, 2022, 20:27:24 ET
Posted by: Sara,

Uggh! Ole = all


Date: Fri, March 18, 2022, 20:26:34 ET
Posted by: Sara,

Aimee Man is a bit of a diva. Wouldn't surprise me if she wasn't bringing in extra interest. I don't know why they signed her in the first place. She's a good musician and Ole, but not really a good match. It could very well be that her contract was that she would only be the opener if she brought in additional ticket sales. No one saying officially, so we're just supposed to guess. Speaking of guesses, that's what 90% of what's written below is. All guesses and speculation.


Date: Fri, March 18, 2022, 14:52:50 ET
Posted by: ugh, ugh

the second hideous part is those high school jazz band dorks from Snarky Puppy stepping in, the worst shit. The camp really fucked up here.


Date: Fri, March 18, 2022, 08:46:52 ET
Posted by: Gene, PA

The opening act conflicts, first Winwood and now Aimee Mann, makes me believe it's getting harder to keep the tours in the black. 2016 was my last show, and I'm a lot younger than some of their fans who have followed them since the 70s. No doubt many others have signed off too.


Date: Fri, March 18, 2022, 04:54:16 ET
Posted by: Dr. Hund, Hanging Valley Wall, CO

Sorry, but DF screwed up even if his team did by misinforming as to how firm the commitment was or whatever. He should have just rolled with it. It’s not like they booked Air Supply. Geesh. And sorry again…and with all due respect… but Aimee can write and sing circles around Phoebe Snow and Rickie Lee Jones.

The only explanation is Aimee’s intuition is correct. Not the female singer-songwriter thing and btw she phrased that as a question (in a cute comic) asking if “they thought their audience wouldn’t like”. DF sounded defensive in responding to it. In the same comic though she says, “But you know what? People are allowed to not like you for whatever reason.” Bingo.

I guess DF does have great respect for Aimee as a writer and performer as he states, but that doesn’t mean he likes her music that much. If he did, he would just let her play. I wish he was as fastidious in managing the setlists. And you know Donald hasn’t even heard most of her music. I actually believe he would like a lot of it…or at least some of it. I bet he’d like Freeway. How could he not like those lyrics? It’s like a modern Steely Dan SoCal character observation with dark lined humor in catchy song craft. But maybe Donald has never gotten past Voices Carry.


Date: Thurs, March 17, 2022, 21:26:51 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Corrections Dept.

QUOTE: "...these useless bunts"

DAMNED autocorrect!!


Date: Thurs, March 17, 2022, 21:21:19 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, The Devil Is In The Details - as always.

QUOTE: "The "Dirty Work" singer went on to admit..."

So - Apparently, (and somewhat incredibly/by direct inference) none other than David Palmer is the real bad guy here. According to "People Magazine", that is.

Or, perhaps even more inaccurately, he's the "admitter" guy. According to "People Magazine", that is. Although they don't actually [and/or inaccurately, of course] mention the guy by name...

But of course, it's the predictably-asinine & consistently-wretched "People Magazine", isn't it?

Somebody thought it would be clever to "google" Steely Dan, then come up with a recognizable song title, then inject that song title into the story for "credibility". So the dipshit "writer" could clearly show his/her readers that he/she was knowledgeable about the subject he/she was writing about.

Not, y'know, actual "journalism" - assuming that actual journalism still exists, out there, somewhere.

More like "cut 'n' paste/internet journalism".

Of the lowest order.

Or what we used to call "garbage".

Even celebrity (and pseudo-celebrity) fluff deserves better than the crapola disseminated by these useless bunts.

M/O/D/P


Date: Thurs, March 17, 2022, 19:49:54 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Manatee Bar. It's St Pat's Day Happy Hour! HELP!

My (information free) guess is Don is really embarrassed by this---and probably really pissed off at someone.

I like Amie a bit, but also thought it was an odd fit. It's very unfortunate it unfolded this way.

Anyone know what show that Any World clip is from? Thanks for the link.


Date: Thurs, March 17, 2022, 18:26:43 ET
Posted by: BadSneakers, ok

"I thought it might not be the best matchup in terms of musical style" ... So why was she booked in the first place?

p.s. I was looking forward to her as the opener when I see SD this summer.


Date: Thurs, March 17, 2022, 16:18:25 ET
Posted by: THE Donald, Saw-reeeeee

Steely Dan's Donald Fagen Apologizes for 'Screwup' After Aimee Mann Said She Was Dropped from Tour

https://people.com/music/steely-dan-donald-fagen-apologizes-after-aimee-mann-dropped-from-tour/

** "Well, first of all, the idea that I would make any decision based on the gender of a performer is ridiculous," he said in a statement shared with PEOPLE. "That's something that would never even occur to me."

The "Dirty Work" singer went on to admit that there was "a communication problem on our end," and said that he had been "misinformed as to how firm the commitment was to any particular opening act."

"Although I have the greatest respect for Aimee as a writer and performer, I thought it might not be the best matchup in terms of musical style," he said. "But I can't pass the buck. I'll take the blame for the screwup. I apologize for any distress this has caused Aimee and her fans." **


Date: Thurs, March 17, 2022, 13:23:53 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

I missed the live performance of Any World live somehow...love the reggae retooling.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV20Sh3CN4g


Date: Thurs, March 17, 2022, 13:17:09 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Disappointed that Mann is no longer opening - she's an artist who has a handful of songs I really like, that I'd probably never go see on her own, but would be happy to see a 45min-1hr set at a show I'm already going to. Seems like it was handled poorly. Interested to see who her replacement will be, though. I liked the fact that they decided not to go the nostalgia route (or maybe Gen X nostalgia instead of Boomer nostalgia in the case of Amy). An organ trio isn't going to get any more butts in seats at the sheds ...


Date: Wed, March 16, 2022, 22:20:00 ET
Posted by: More tour!, +7

Steely Dan has announced seven new dates for the 2022 Earth After Hours Tour in Franklin, TN, Durham, NC, Atlantic City, NJ, Bridgeport, CT and three dates in Port Chester, NY. Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 17 at 10am ET.

The 2022 Earth After Hours Tour kicks off on May 20 in Portland, OR. The 28-city outing will feature Snarky Puppy starting May 20th in Portland on all dates through June 19th. Tickets for all shows are on sale now and available on the events page.

https://www.steelydan.com/#!/events?page=1


Date: Wed, March 16, 2022, 22:15:56 ET
Posted by: Mann oh man., Nowhere now

** Aimee Mann was set to open for Steely Dan during a run of tour dates this summer, but it appears that’s no longer the case. In the below comic posted on Instagram, she revealed that she recently found out that she’s no longer set to perform with the band.

“I was supposed to open for Steely Dan this summer. I just found out that they took me off the bill. No one is entirely sure why, but it seems they thought their audience wouldn’t like a female singer-songwriter? As it happens, Steely Dan is the one band that I 100% love, with no reservations, so it really sucks. But you know what? People are allowed to not like you, for whatever reason.”

The comic ends with one sentence presented in a thought bubble: “Good luck to all bands.” Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for Steely Dan and Mann for further comment. **


Date: Sat, March 12, 2022, 22:25:55 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicagoland

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Date: Sat, March 12, 2022, 22:23:21 ET
Posted by: From Jeff Baxter's page.,

"The latest issue of The New Yorker has a story on The Lemonheads. In it they talk about the recording of their “It’s A Shame About Ray”. An excerpt from the story…. “The Robbs recruited some unexpected players for the “Ray” sessions, including Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, a guitarist turned defense consultant who had been a founding member of “Steely Dan” and a guitarist with the Doobie Brothers. It is almost impossible to imagine a band less germaine to the disheveled alt-rock vibe than Steely Dan , yet Baxter’s pedal-steel parts on ‘Hannah and Gabi’ —- a pretty, fragile song about being a terrible partner (‘I’m out wandering around/You’re but one thing I’ve found’)—- are warm and rubbery, giving the song a lilt that recalls Gram Parsons”."


Date: Mon, March 07, 2022, 11:11:06 ET
Posted by: Tony, P

So I'm on Tik Tok and scroll upon this piano teacher live streaming and taking requests.

https://www.tiktok.com/@jvendamusic

I tipped him a few dollars and requested Donald Fagen just to see what the response might be. Was expecting something along the lines of "who's he?" or "I don't know any but can play Rikki Don't Lose that Number." But without hesitation he belted out a (the?) verse of True Companion.

Then saw on youtube he's no stranger to SD covers and True Companion was one of his first uploads years ago as a teen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Obxk0GIOGQY



Date: Sun, March 06, 2022, 08:06:20 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

M/O/D/P, I take your tawdry point!


Date: Fri, March 04, 2022, 22:17:28 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Incorrigible

Big Trev - Thanks for posting the video of Helen Newby doing Peg. That was pretty cool. So is the Vince Guaraldi tune she did, and a few of her other ones are also quite good for that matter. As an aside, though, her Van Halen bit leaves me cold - shivering, in fact. For me, anyways, "classical" versions of meat-head rock songs fall into some pretty dangerous territory and it makes me wonder if maybe the talented player is perhaps one of those notorious "Big Camp" cellists we sometimes hear about...if so, might we soon expect to see multi-part cello adaptations of Journey's epic "We Built This City"? or Bon Jovi's ubiquitous monster hit, "Rock Rock Baby Baby!"?...or, heaven forfend, any song originally recorded & released by a certain much-revered ("but elsewhere") performer who repeatedly insisted back in his heyday that he was - despite compelling evidence to the contrary - "Born to run in the USA"...?? Hopefully, not. For everyone's sake.

And although I'm generally not a big fan of Steely Dan covers, that Peg/cello performance isn't really a cover - more of an interesting and respectful interpretation. Most of what I've seen or heard SD cover-wise over the years has fallen into three categories - the oh-so-earnest slavish imitations ("no thanks"), the drab attempts at total reconstruction (again with the "no thanks"), and the wretched, plagiaristic ("sampled") garbage...you know, where some no-talent/contrived image/pretend-street-gang-member takes part of a recording of a Steely Dan song and then bleats 'n' belches over top of it? No thanks.

On the rare occasion where I have happened to stumble upon/accidentally hear/am unduly subjected to the likes of Kanye West [snicker] or that one goofball from the '90s - you know, the guy with the cartoonish/non-stop/amusingly-clumsy hand-&-arm gestures - or any of the other non-musician novelty performers who've gotten credit (admittedly only from their admittedly-huge diminished-capacity audience) for shit they begged ("Kanye West" - hopefully you all know the KW/SD story 'cause it's a damned funny one), borrowed, or stole - but certainly didn't actually "compose" - on the rare occasion when I've been exposed to this fraudulent & regrettable audio diarrhea, I find myself making my own little impromptu run to my own little "Concession Stand" for a shot or two of El Jimador Anejo (or similar medication) to help wash the bad sounds out of my brain.

M/O/D/P



Date: Fri, March 04, 2022, 21:56:16 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Insensitive

Also Very Good Indeed to see The Dean posting again. Of course, like most of us here, I much prefer a slightly-cranky or even downright ornery The Dean - as opposed to an agreeable/semi-complacent The Dean...either of which are preferable to no The Dean at all, of course. It always makes for better reading here on The Blue when we have fewer of those sugary "Thanks for sharing" posts and more carefully-placed shivs-to-the-pancreas-type contributions, no? No??


Date: Fri, March 04, 2022, 21:38:02 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Incredulous

Surely no credible future Bloobook Historian worth his-or-her salt would ever dare to question the importance or validity of the presence here of long-time BB Voice Of Reason Nicholas Urfe. Unless at some point in the far-distant future the word "tawdry" - like so many of yesteryear's perfectly good words - ends up being stripped of its traditional meaning and has come - then, in those heady-but-idiotic days to come - to mean something entirely different,


Date: Fri, March 04, 2022, 20:29:07 ET
Posted by: moray eel, Gen

Some others have posted about the younger generations appreciation for SD. One poster mentioned a female that made a video about Almost Gothic. There was also a good online article that noticed the fandom among the younger crowd.

Perhaps here is some further proof:

https://youtu.be/Bz_b4Nudh8w

m.e.


Date: Fri, March 04, 2022, 18:02:18 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

I have nothing to add but a hearty hear! hear! - but there has been such a spendid run of posts by Bluebook Bigwigs that I wanted to have my tawdry byline somewhere in the mix so that when future historians look back, they will at least wonder, "What is this Nicholas Urfe doing here?"


Date: Thurs, March 03, 2022, 03:43:16 ET
Posted by: Stevie Dan, Denver

Oh and he had Keith on this part of tour!
Carlock solo: https://www.facebook.com/stephen.sklar.9/videos/1209364649469493
Black Cow: https://www.facebook.com/stephen.sklar.9/videos/345291920818107
Josie: https://www.facebook.com/1674369064/videos/489172346060785/


Date: Thurs, March 03, 2022, 03:36:16 ET
Posted by: Stevie Dan, Denver

Speaking of Larry Carlton: Caught him at The Soiled Dove 9/11/21. Clip posted to FB LC talking/playing Kid Charlemagne https://www.facebook.com/1674369064/videos/4638239116273827/


Date: Wed, March 02, 2022, 18:09:29 ET
Posted by: The Greater Dandom, Everywhere

Happy birthday, Larry Carlton!


Date: Wed, March 02, 2022, 12:16:18 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Dean: Hear, Hear.

That's what I saw in Dallas '03. When Walter sung, it was a bathroom break in between the steeped in the '70s hits and AOR cuts.



On the tangentially Dan front, when we last left master Dan-lite Brit songwriter Andy Platts he was dipping his toe into Becker zeitgeist on Things We Left Unsaid from the latest Nouveau "Yacht Rock" (R&B really) of the latest album (Canyons) by the Young Gun Silver Fox collaboration with Shawn Lee. Canyons is more of a 1980 vibe that the 70s retro AM Waves, which is a near masterpiece. Check out the unexpected bridge near the end of the 2nd verse on Things We Left Unsaid - with Circus $ emotional elements.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umi1U32tOec


Platts is back with his homeboy band Mamas Gun composed of R&B studio musicians. They do tour together and the band feel is palpable on the last album Golden Days and new tracks from an upcoming album.

Golden Days and previous Mamas Gun (named after the Erykah Badu song) albums have that retro R&B - acid jazz fusion (ex. Swing Out Sister) feel. Nice chord changes, and Platts is a consistently good songwriter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKq4SXlKwEU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1JiTkufJgY


The new Mamas Gun album is due in May. Meanwhile, there are a "double side A" singles out with Pandemic messages.

Party of One - A DEEP R&B groove and strut. Nite really dub like much of Circus $, but more like one of the R&B tracks (ex. Girlfriend) from 11 ToW produced but live tracked like C$ with more of a Larry Klein production with a touch of Philly soul. There are little figures (ex. minimalist) horn theme that remind me a little of Walter.

The groove is interrupted by a few WB-like minor 7th chords or something like that, before resetting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-8y8l1Unjc

The flip side, Waiting for Moses, features more of a Bill Withers, pre-acid jazz groove that's more melodic. Bill Withers was a National Treasure, so they can't go wrong. There is a very nice bridge between verses and chorus.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzEx0xTwStA

Also, very nice LIVE in ISOLATION version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzsIFL7irZ4





Date: Wed, March 02, 2022, 11:01:02 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

Nik, it may interest you to know that in the '94 tour, the Walter Becker tunes also led to a charge to the concessions/bathroom/wherever--at least at the show I attended. I've heard the same accounts from other shows.

You know what else seems to cause a temporary exodus? Any new SD song or unknown (by many) rarities.

I'm just saying, IMO the fault is with the fans in attendance. How could they possibly be open to Martha when you they don't even give SD/WB songs a chance?

Notice how Don doesn't like to do anything to unfamiliar? Maybe that's why.


Date: Tues, March 01, 2022, 12:22:37 ET
Posted by: Good news, Hi

Lost Linda Hoover album out this summer


Date: Tues, March 01, 2022, 08:03:02 ET
Posted by: Stan, etc.

This is exactly the kind of jazz nerd girl Fagen fantasized about on New Frontier.

https://www.tiktok.com/@jessicalaurenradio/video/7069443482347277614


Date: Tues, March 01, 2022, 07:57:42 ET
Posted by: Steve M, Scotland

Big Trev: And she didn't slap the bass part either. Donald and Walter would surely approve!


Date: Tues, March 01, 2022, 01:43:04 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

Dan Belcher, I just went straight to that song like you did and imo, it's not only out of place but also annoying, standalone or not. Especially in the end, it sounds butchered. Not sure, it's fair to even squeeze her in there.
TG they didn't bring her out on tour, the Oakland show had an amazing, organic flow to it.
Ricky Lee Jones didn't even feel comfortable to be anything else but the opener for SD at the Beacon, according to what was reported.


Date: Tues, March 01, 2022, 01:06:46 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Regarding the 2006 Beacon Donald Fagen show with guest Martha Wainwright.: What Frank said.


Date: Mon, February 28, 2022, 20:46:13 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Big Trev: That may be the greatest thing I've ever seen on the interwebz.


Date: Mon, February 28, 2022, 20:39:59 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,


You would think with one disaster in the rearview, with another on fire in front that it would trigger King of the World flashbacks.

Nope, it's Selfish Gene.



Why - Must every time I turn my ship around'
Some bastard come and knock my skyline down




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z_OVotMrLM



Date: Mon, February 28, 2022, 16:01:20 ET
Posted by: Big Trev, Barcelona

I'm sure some of you have seen and heard this already. For those of you who haven't I can't recommend this enough. Beautiful, quite sublime. Fantastic musicianship and wonderful sensitivity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyDcm5B0uJ8



Date: Sun, February 27, 2022, 14:16:05 ET
Posted by: Nik, Northeast

I was at the Marthagate show and she was a boon to the concession sales. Never had I seen such a mass exodus to the lobby during a performance.

If you're still wondering how that whole fiasco came about, her mother was Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle who was friends with Libby Titus.


Date: Sun, February 27, 2022, 09:21:03 ET
Posted by: Dan Belcher, Louisville, KY

I think Frank summed up Marthagate pretty well. I listened to that performance many times when I was working on remastering the video someone got of that show. Whenever I would just go straight to that song, I really enjoyed it. Whenever I was already in the middle of the concert and Year of the Dragon came up, it just felt so jarring and out of place. Here's a link for anyone who hasn't seen it yet BTW https://youtu.be/TYEDZnreoVQ


Date: Sat, February 26, 2022, 21:08:43 ET
Posted by: Frank, Again

Mistake in my last post. Instead of fog, the word should be folk, as in folk music. Nothing wrong with folk music by the way… But it was out of place at a Donald Fagen concert.


Date: Sat, February 26, 2022, 21:07:28 ET
Posted by: Frank,

Darryl:

No one saying Martha Wainwright sounded shitty then or now; rather she was completely a different vibe and inappropriate for the show. There's a difference. The show was your typical fantastic Steely Dan jazz rock blues event… Then there was a sudden shift into fog. It killed the vibe And the momentum. I don't know who you're calling babies, but learn about subtlety, nuance, and appropriateness.


Date: Fri, February 25, 2022, 09:08:11 ET
Posted by: Philippe, Pau

You can order a copy of the Donald Fagen Jazzmagazine issue by sending a message here : abonnements.jazz@lva.fr


Date: Fri, February 25, 2022, 06:21:03 ET
Posted by: Philippe, Pau France

hello friends, for those of you who can read french, the new Jazzmagazine issue has 20 page on Donald Fagen for the 40th birthday of the Nighfly, including an exclusive Michael Leonhart interview .I suppose you can order a copy on Jazzmagazine website, I've just asked them , I'll let you know :
https://www.facebook.com/fred.goaty/posts/10160275544204026?__cft__[0]=AZUwpVujHIau78qEw7SAqpc4IuZk2jkkYcQgWrBfUTjYdkZvthW47FpkoN2CWzn7JcHUfFo9OJUjiKACK4d2bRb5CCq1WDJ4ZLZ62C6IJhQcYiMpWOE2PXOLWgVjcW1fiwBztvD7wSkTiG3q50KwZH5QEhU54FCgCe90lFwRBxmYLu5UawB19ggcbLn3pqGy74dUVbL_7xttnafwumYVd6Z7&__tn__=-UK-R


Date: Fri, February 25, 2022, 03:52:38 ET
Posted by: dirk, western world

The fearless flyers covering Reelin' in the years.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzujhMx3_mM

Mark Lettieri on baritone guitar, Cory Wong on
rhythm guitar.

Like it.


Date: Thurs, February 24, 2022, 10:45:05 ET
Posted by: Daryl, ooh

OK I just heard Martha Wainwright do Year of the Dragon from the 2006 solo Fagen show and you dopes were wrong, that song was great. Babies.


Date: Mon, February 21, 2022, 18:23:33 ET
Posted by: Michael,

M/O/D/P, Beato does good breakdowns, but that one was a little bit aggravating.

I got the Donald Fagen Concepts for Jazz/Rock Piano DVD awhile back and that breaks down Josie quite well. Can't get enough of that kind of stuff, you know, the concepts behind how a song you like was constructed.

Good stuff.


Date: Mon, February 21, 2022, 17:41:19 ET
Posted by: Hat2Flat, Phoenix

Happy birthday week, Walter!


Date: Sun, February 20, 2022, 22:56:22 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Happy Birthday Walter! An eternal legacy. The music that keeps on giving.


Something I missed upon release of the latest Crowded House album Dreamer's are Waiting. Over the decades Neil Finn with CH and on solo efforts has meandered and morphed their way from the best Rubber Soul outtakes never heard to a psychedelic Wilco (not that there's anything wrong with that) meets Macca.

I haven't listened to their latest that much, but loaded up my favorite recording on album on Spotify...and noticed (I suspect a subconscious) reference to Glamour Profession:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMJOyW_sEGQ&list=OLAK5uy_mgKccvFj02DU7lN-V08wCblu9rw4fsPFQ&index=4


It's been a wait
At Mr. Chow's for Peking duck
It's just enough right now
To put that madness in your heart

Sweet tooth
And you don't remember
Can't find anyone
To tell your troubles to
Sweet tooth
You can't resist it
How could anyone
With that sugar in their mouth



Date: Sun, February 20, 2022, 14:35:12 ET
Posted by: Ben Jammin, Sunny Indy

Cheers and Happy Birthday Vibes in Walter’s honor today!

As more grooves are released from the WB archives vault, the more I realize how much I love his solo stuff-please keep it coming!


Date: Sun, February 20, 2022, 01:00:07 ET
Posted by: From WB Media,

New demo of Medical Science from Walter Becker media:

"And all the jiveasses and the true believers
The bullshit givers and receivers
Here today tomorrow gone
To the triage tent in the great beyond
Wherein the angel tangoes with the infidel"

Walter Becker - Medical Science (Demo)
http://youtu.be/fUDCqY9HyJE


Date: Sun, February 20, 2022, 00:00:06 ET
Posted by: The Greater Dandom, Everywhere

Happy Birthday, Walter!

👏🎈🍾🥂🍷🎂🍧🚙🏎🎺🎷🎹🎧🎼🎸🌹🙏☮️💟

Thanks for everything!

We miss you more than ever...


Date: Sat, February 19, 2022, 17:12:48 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Delayed reaction [videos]

QUOTE: "Good breakdown but the constant screaming "OOOOH!" and exaggerated facial, as if he hasn't heard Josie a thousand times before, was hard for me to take."

I have to admit I don't spend much time - maybe two, three hours, total, per calendar year - watching random crap - any subject/any crap - on the YooToob. Not against it, don't "hate" it...just not my thang. Those ubiquitous reaction videos? My general reaction is, mostly, "Can someone please "react"​ by deleting this stupid/sophomoric/obviously-contrived shit?"

However...it's a few times now that this Rick Beato guy has come up, and I kinda like his presentation. While I agree with Michael about the exaggerated stuff - no need for that, really - the guy seems genuinely enthusiastic enough and knowledgeable enough for me to excuse the occasional bout of hyperactivity.

That DF/Paul Shaffer clip posted here a while back, though? The sweat-sock big enough to plug that guy's yap has yet to be knitted. I stopped watching a few minutes in, rather than watch more.


Date: Fri, February 18, 2022, 14:39:01 ET
Posted by: Steve M, Scotland

Re: "Steve Lukather has never done anything interesting in his life outside of deciding what brand of toner to color his goatee with".

Miaow! This must be an early hot favourite for the inaugural award for most snarky (but not untrue) Blue Book comment of 2022?

TBF, I think never having an actual session credit with SD seriously bugs Lukather and equally, I think Donald and Walter are the ultimate arbiters of good judgement and taste.


Date: Fri, February 18, 2022, 11:44:12 ET
Posted by: listen, listen

Steve Lukather has never done anything interesting in his life outside of deciding what brand of toner to color his goatee with.


Date: Thurs, February 17, 2022, 10:38:24 ET
Posted by: OrangeTom, NoLongerBackwoods

Beato did a real interesting interview with Steve Lukather during the pandemic. Thirty minutes. Steve must have mentioned Steely Dan at least five times


Date: Sun, February 13, 2022, 16:00:53 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Dang it - TIX sold out both nights at ACL Austin.

I've been busy lately and missed out. I Hate to go secondary market.

Snarky Puppy is the lead-in both nights.


Date: Sun, February 13, 2022, 15:57:10 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Fagen and Piano in Concert: My best guess is Occam's Razor. Donald likes playing the Rhodes. It's a smaller instrument that allows the audience to see Fagen easily behind the instrument and at an angle. He can pick up the melodica and be in front of the band. That's a bit more cumbersome with a grand piano stage front.


Besides, Beard is a fantastic pianist and keyboard player and can be positioned near the back.


Date: Sat, February 12, 2022, 01:53:18 ET
Posted by: Anachronistic (but nice), Virginia


Date: Fri, February 11, 2022, 10:15:00 ET
Posted by: Chris,

I lurk but enjoying the Steely reads. Thanks!


Date: Fri, February 11, 2022, 07:16:32 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Good breakdown but the constant screaming "OOOOH!" and exaggerated facials, as if he hasn't heard Josie a thousand times before, was hard for me to take.


Date: Thurs, February 10, 2022, 20:55:11 ET
Posted by: miray eel, I

The Josie breakdown, for me, is the salvation of the internet. This is the type of content that I wanted to find when I first heard SD. I would classify myself as a keyboard owner, rather than a keyboard player; however, videos like this drive me to my keyboard to play along as best I can.

m.e.


Date: Thurs, February 10, 2022, 14:46:48 ET
Posted by: Dr. Hund, Hanging Valley Wall, CO

Thanks Shark. Wow, that seemed ez peezy for DF….lol. That sob. Shows you how perfectionist they are. He could have played that on the recorded version. Why wouldn’t you? You wrote it, played it. If someone….well not someone but the fucking best musicians those studio rats hired at will, layed it down better…they went with that. Just like Brian Wilson did.


Date: Thurs, February 10, 2022, 14:00:46 ET
Posted by: Shark, de Ville

for Dr. Hund... jump to 3 mins

https://youtu.be/a3Sds_m0xT8


Date: Thurs, February 10, 2022, 12:23:35 ET
Posted by: Steve M, Scotland

Re: the Rick Beato/Josie thing

I'm probably guilty of suffering from over-familiarity with tracks like Josie. I still love it and enjoy listening to it after 40 plus years but I tend to see it as one of the more straight-forward Steely Dan songs albeit with a great groove. How wrong I was! The Beato thing shows just how complex and supremely crafted Josie actually is. Probably the reason I can still listen to it and enjoy it after all this time is down to all those really incredible parts that Beato documents. Part of Donald and Walter's genius was making those radio-friendly 'pop' songs that anyone can groove/sing along to but scratch under the surface and there so much more rewarding stuff going on. There's a lot of these 'isolated' bass/drum/guitar/whatever tracks doing the rounds on YouTube, the Rush ones are kinda fun (if you like Rush!) but I could probably loose a year if that was available on the SD catalogue (The making of Aja doc gave a glimpse I suppose).

Anyway, great to see Beato's enthusiasm for the Dan, thanks for the link


Date: Thurs, February 10, 2022, 07:09:28 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Stevie,

Amazing hair, amazing music. Especially horn sections.


Date: Wed, February 09, 2022, 19:35:25 ET
Posted by: moray eel, Chi

Rick Beato breaks down Josie. Amazing.

https://youtu.be/e9sR7kdh_qs


Date: Wed, February 09, 2022, 08:19:08 ET
Posted by: Vernon, L

I'm in the not-necessarily-a-fan-of-SD-covers crowd, but I have to tip my cap here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYtI2bfGAQs


Date: Tues, February 08, 2022, 19:55:02 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni, Portland OR

Sorry to see Steve Winwood taken off the bill. SW & SD did amazing shows together in the past, and we were really looking forward to his opening set (and joining SD for an encore).

I'm optimistic that the replacement opening acts will also be very enjoyable.

But overall, I suspect that there's less public demand/interest in a Steely Dan/Aimee Mann than a Steely Dan/Steve Winwood show. The former would also carry a lower ticket price. Will SD or the promoters offer a partial refund after removing Winwood from the bill? Just wondering . . .


Date: Mon, February 07, 2022, 19:15:10 ET
Posted by: Dr. Hund, Hanging Valley Wall, CO

Aimee will perform a most interesting set and I’m sure appreciates the high brow rarified air of SD music aficionados ready and willing to past judgement on these dates. She will pick up new valuable fans.

The Dean: of course it’s not the lack of a good piano player. I just have a feeling DF doesn’t want to do a song where people may question why he is not tickling the keys (many who even know the song believe it’s him on piano). He’s not WB and not in the studio. What would he do during a live performance true to the original? Sing it like Sinatra? No air for a second keyboard unless it’s a revamped reinvented version. I’m sure he can play it himself but probably would prefer not to. Not easy, it would take some rehearsal, and the original standard is so high. And it’s not a priority with him nor the arena/shed live audience taken as a whole is what I believe DF is thinking…if he gives it a thought at all.


Date: Mon, February 07, 2022, 17:49:15 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. It's Happy Hour

I think Aimee Man is an interesting choice as an opener. If she performs as interesting a set as Madeleine Peyroux, I'd be happy.

But Snarky Puppy? That's unbelievable! I'm going to do my best to get to the Atlanta show, if no closer dates are available with Puppy as the opener.

And, Dr Hund, unless he decides to share a reason, we never know why Don doesn't play/like to play certain songs. But the lack of a good piano player can't be the reason, can it. Jim Beard is still in the band, right?


Date: Mon, February 07, 2022, 13:14:30 ET
Posted by: Dr. Hund, Hanging Valley Wall, CO

Aimee Mann is a great opener. If the Dan…I mean the Donald Fagen Orchestra (the Dan has to have Becker and Fagen) comes over here, I hope she is the opener.

Why did DF not play the piano in Here at the Western World? You really can’t get any better than what Michael Omartian layed down so I think I answered my own question but maybe this is why DF never plays it live except a revamped version.


Date: Sun, February 06, 2022, 22:21:03 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

Larry Carlton is playing some concerts in Fl, Ca, Hawaii. "Greatest Hits / Steely Dan"
It's billed under "Farewell Tour"
Hope, Larry is ok.
Maybe he'll bring Keith along again!


Date: Sun, February 06, 2022, 17:01:09 ET
Posted by: Steve M, Scotland

Michael

Great Buddy Rich link but by God the 70's were a shocking era for hair styles weren't they?

......especially horn sections!


Date: Wed, February 02, 2022, 20:22:29 ET
Posted by: Michael,

For those of you Dan fans out there who appreciate incredible jazz, and who doesn't, you must check out the Buddy Rich cover of McCartney's Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwyOhQVApR4

If D&W had collaborated with Buddy back in the day, that would've been something. Jeff Beck, Jaco Pastorius, Alan Holdsworth, Steve Morse, Herbie Hancock, Jean-Luc Ponty. Many other great players. I would've loved to hear what they could contribute to a SD album.


Date: Wed, February 02, 2022, 12:04:48 ET
Posted by: Stevie, Wearing High Heals

Snarky Puppy (May 20 - June 19) and Aimee Mann (June 21 - July 3) will provide support instead.


Date: Wed, February 02, 2022, 07:01:58 ET
Posted by: BadSneakers, ,

Steve Winwood has pulled out of Steely Dan's 2022 tour, he just announced.


Date: Tues, February 01, 2022, 10:43:10 ET
Posted by: Ange Comb,

Re Paul Shaffer's interview with DF:
1) Paul interrupts DF constantly.
2) He asks the same tired hackneyed questions that ALL the interviewers ask.

These are some new, perhaps ballsier questions to pose to DF that will never be asked of DF because a) they would disrupt the facade that we, as fans, like to uphold because of its quasi-pretentious mystical qualities; b) DF would never allow them; and c) they may reveal a personal weakness in him that he doesn't want revealed.

Possible new, more revelatory questions for DF:


So, consequently we diehard fans are left hearing the same old, boring questions and answers.

Here are a few new ones for DF to answer:

1) What kind of kid were you?
Did you write short stories, poetry or music?


2) Did you play in your High School band? If so, what did you like and/or dislike about it?

3) What was a typical saturday night like for you at 16 years old?

4) Did you have your own band or belong to a "garage" band in your teens?

5) Your music is so spirited (as evidenced in, say, "Peg", "Kid Charlemagne", "Hey Ninteen").
Yet you personally in interviews seem the exact opposite of that. What is the closest to the real you?

These are just a few considerations, maybe.


Date: Fri, January 28, 2022, 18:27:24 ET
Posted by: Artie, This is

Paul Schaffer Plus One ft. Donald Fagen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj9gl7O3AtY

** In this episode of Paul Shaffer Plus One, Paul Shaffer is joined by Donald Fagen of Steely Dan. Paul and Donald discuss songwriting, Donald's relationship with Steely Dan's Co-Founder Walter Becker, and Paul gets a music lesson. **

(Filmed October 13, 2019)


Date: Fri, January 28, 2022, 12:36:47 ET
Posted by: Jimmie, East

One of the coolest experiences was attending Fagen’s first solo show near Rutgers in NJ with no set list spoilers and having him open a revamped Western World.


Date: Wed, January 26, 2022, 21:26:11 ET
Posted by: Tony, tony

Western World also gets credit for the novelty in which you heard it. This isn't just another album track or first single for radio, you may have even heard Western World long after you listened to the first seven albums. It takes you back to the first time you really sat down with Katy or Aja.

Any generation can glom on -- vinyl LP on the greatest hits or waiting for the Gold expanded compilation CD in the 1990s, or grabbing it on Napster or at a used record store, YouTube, your phone, whatever. It gets extra points because it was left to shine, out there, by itself.


Date: Wed, January 26, 2022, 20:00:36 ET
Posted by: Stevie Dan, Denver, CO

Been meaning to post this link since Sept. Caught Larry Carlton and his band (with none other than Keith Carlock on drums) at The Soiled Dove in Lowry Colorado. This is a six minute clip of him telling the Kid Charlemagne story and playing it. https://www.facebook.com/1674369064/videos/4638239116273827/


Date: Mon, January 24, 2022, 17:43:27 ET
Posted by: Michael,

It is a superb song DonB, no question about it. Other artists would've been proud had they wrote that gem, but because it's a SD tune it flew under the radar. It's one of those songs which would've benefited from radio exposure.


Date: Mon, January 24, 2022, 09:49:57 ET
Posted by: DonB, Los Angeles

Michael, exactly right re "Here at the Western World": *brilliant* song, but melodically/harmonically much more akin to, say, Pretzel Logic than Aja.


Date: Sun, January 23, 2022, 08:00:08 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Steve, I think the reason Josie was emphasized in prior tours was because Walter loved playing the tune. From my understanding Donald doesn't play Doctor Wu live for emotional reasons, but I could be wrong.

Here At The Western World fills some sort of strange space in the SD zeitgeist in that it was much closer in feel to some of their earlier efforts although it was released around the time of Aja. Wasn't it from The Royal Scam sessions? IDK but either way it is a pleasant tune with a nice melodic flow and gorgeous changes.

In trying to decipher what invisible barrier prevents some people from enjoying SD's music I decided to investigate and the results were startling. The general sentiment is that D&W are viewed as cynical pseudo-hipsters who are insincere about what they do. Accusations range from derision, such as that Donald's nasaly vocal delivery is an immediate turn-off, to being 'yacht rock' phonies who plagiarized other artists (no, we need not delve into this vapid pit), among other insipid reasons. Even though many acknowledge the obvious skill and craftsmanship that went into making the music, there's always some hang-up preventing them from enjoying it. "It's too slick." "They're too smooth jazz for my palette." Etc.

Yes, they liberally borrowed ideas from those who came before them, but then what art is created in a void? They introduced a richer harmonic vocabulary to the pop-rock idiom. So what? I fail to understand how that's a bad thing. Most of their contemporaries at the time were using much simpler chord structures and melodies. SD were also pioneers with regards to studio engineering and overall production quality.

I guess in the end I'm right back where I started.


Date: Sat, January 22, 2022, 22:10:02 ET
Posted by: Steve, Gennarelli

Michael, I know what you mean. I will say this. I think its interesting the ride the "Steely Dan" songs have taken since the boys returned to touring in the 90's.
Around the time of "Alive in America", I felt that easily the best tune on that album was "Josie". Now they've played it on tour in the 2000's, but that song has been deemphasized in more recent tours.
"Rikki Don't Lose.." was played on the '96 tour and then sporadically since 2010...but its been played much more on tour in the past 5 years or so. This is one song that I've never heard them do live and I've seen them about 6 times. I would love to see them play this in St Pete when I see them this Summer.
They have such a great catalog...The only song that they haven't given fair due on the tours is one of my all time favorites "Here at the Western World", which they have rarely played live. "Pearl of the Quarter" is another that sounds so magnificent when they play it but rarely do. Same for "Dr. Wu".


Date: Sat, January 22, 2022, 18:13:50 ET
Posted by: Michael,

When I say 'criminally underrated' I am speaking with regards to the general public, not the die-hard SD fans, who tend to overlook their non-radio staples. For instance, I have relatives who enjoy the hits they remember fondly but are indifferent about tracks such as Doctor Wu, The Caves of Altamira or Only A Fool Would Say That. Why? Simple, they weren't radio hits, which really irks me. And anything from their last two albums, forget about it. This has nothing to do with victimization, whatever that entails.

It goes without saying that die-hard SD fans enjoy deeper cuts from their back catalog. Sure, we enjoy stuff like Almost Gothic or The Second Arrangement, but how much of the general public have heard those songs before? Probably not too many, at least not in comparison to their hits.


Date: Sat, January 22, 2022, 17:31:07 ET
Posted by: Tony, tony

on his website where he double posted

the one with the Christmas banner still up


Date: Sat, January 22, 2022, 17:29:23 ET
Posted by: tony, tony

yeah Michael buzz off your post wasn't good enough for hoops


Date: Sat, January 22, 2022, 12:22:14 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

Michael:

At this point, I don't think anybody here in this group for diehards under-appreciates any Steely Dan track. As far as listing tracks you just happen to think might be underappreciated (without evidence of why it's underappreciated), It's much more helpful people just simply offer their appreciation of songs and why they're so great. Just listing songs as if they're somehow examples of victimization because one think so, it's pointless. At least, if you're gonna say a song is underappreciated explain why it's underappreciated by diehard fans which is the audience here.


Date: Sat, January 22, 2022, 11:44:20 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

Michael:

At this point, I don't think anybody here in this group for diehards under-appreciates any Steely Dan track. As far as listing tracks you just happen to think might be underappreciated (without evidence of why it's underappreciated), It's much more helpful people just simply offer their appreciation of songs and why they're so great. Just listing songs as if they're somehow examples of victimization because one think so, it's pointless. At least, if you're gonna say a song is underappreciated explain why it's underappreciated by diehard fans which is the audience here.


Date: Fri, January 21, 2022, 17:40:51 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Criminally underrated SD track from their formative years? There are quite a few but I'll go with Only A Fool Would Say That.

Most underappreciated SD track? Easy, Almost Gothic.

Best unreleased SD track? Perhaps The Second Arrangement, but then I haven't heard all their unreleased stuff.

Favorite SD track? Trick question, there are too many gems in their oeuvre to pick just one.


Date: Tues, January 18, 2022, 20:04:55 ET
Posted by: Of Possible Interest, eBay

https://www.ebay.com/itm/334294366602?mkevt=1&mkpid=0&emsid=e11021.m43.l1120&mkcid=7&ch=osgood&euid=db005951bf524eb6b61e7a3898a7ecd1&bu=43897301733&ut=RU&osub=-1%7E1&crd=20220118083557&segname=11021&sojTags=ch%3Dch%2Cbu%3Dbu%2Cut%3Dut%2Cosub%3Dosub%2Ccrd%3Dcrd%2Csegname%3Dsegname%2Cchnl%3Dmkcid

Not merely another copy of Aja, apparently. Just check out the detailed description in the eBay listing:

"THE BOX HAS TRACE IN GOOD CONDITION"

"ALL TAPES ARE RECORDED IN 70-80 YEARS GENERATION FROM MASTER TAPE"

"Sourced from original Tape One Mastering Studio Master"

...and, as if all that's still not enough...

"Sticked Hi Quality Color Copy Of The Master"

"No sticky-shedding"

....But WAIT!...if you order now, you also get...

"SOUND GREAT!!!"

"SORRY NO REFUND"


Date: Tues, January 18, 2022, 13:20:00 ET
Posted by: Tony, tony

thought it was Walter getting whacked in that photo


Date: Mon, January 17, 2022, 13:43:52 ET
Posted by: SDV, up on the hill

Ange-
we know why there's 12 tracks, Walter explained it.

as for the photos:
front cover, a picture of Walter. seems self-explanatory
back cover, a smashed windshield which also appears in the booklet and on the CD itself. see the first definition of "whack" from the booklet
"punch" photo of DF. see the first definition of "whack" and DF co-produced the album

as with most things Dan-related, it's good to remember there's some humor involved.


Date: Sat, January 15, 2022, 15:20:39 ET
Posted by: Milton, W

Anyone know if the Kamakiriad mix for the Rhino trilogy collection is the original or a later one?


Date: Sat, January 15, 2022, 14:02:37 ET
Posted by: Ange Comb,


Bluebookers, forget about why there's 12 tracks instead of 11, for now.

Why are those particular pictures on the CD' front and back cover and the one of DF in the booklet?


Date: Sat, January 15, 2022, 12:16:59 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

DVD-A has the same stereo Scheiner mix...and I can attest it's "Nice!"

"Naturally, my favorite version of Gaucho remains the 24-bit/96kHz 5.1 mix done by Scheiner for both its 2003 SACD and 2004 DVD-Audio"

The DVD-A stereo mixes for The Nightfly and Kamakiriad sound far more organic. Kamakiriad sounds like almost a different recording. Countermoon's mix is crazy good.


Date: Sat, January 15, 2022, 10:29:45 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

As I've mentioned here and in our sister Dandom forums many times before, the 2003 SACD Hybrid is definitive. Because it is hybrid, it does include a stereo layer ("version," if you will). It sounds great even on a standard CD player. If you can still find it, it's the one to get. At any rate, it's articles like these that explain why I (and probably many of us here) have a couple dozen copies each of both "Aja" snd "Gaucho."

Thanks for posting this article, Mike.


Date: Sat, January 15, 2022, 10:27:45 ET
Posted by: Mike,

Pretty thorough article on all the different audio formats of "Gaucho."

https://www.soundandvision.com/content/remaster-class-steely-dan-gaucho?fbclid=IwAR0bEFosFq0My_Mnlhm-aESEs30SkHvaeicx40XfYMyUzc8FSQCA_5oE_Ak


Date: Sat, January 15, 2022, 02:20:38 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu, Left of the Rio Grande


0:16 - 1:57

Everything in the history of Western Music led up to this moment. Prove me wrong.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YitZ3PhFqO0


Date: Fri, January 14, 2022, 22:51:06 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

M/O/D/P, thanks for the Duke recommendation. I made a note to pick it up.

But please, don't make me go scrambling to look up words. I'm far too old to learn new stuff. "hagiography" my ass. I didn't go to Catholic school, damnit!


Date: Fri, January 14, 2022, 07:27:41 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

M/O/D/P, I imagine that even in death you'll not escape mention of your not insignificant role in the Springsteen Dust-Up.


Date: Thurs, January 13, 2022, 22:32:25 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Musically Adrift

Terry Teachout also wrote a pretty good ("I know, because I read it") Duke Ellington biography that, apparently, rubbed some jazz fans/historians the wrong way, mostly because, apparently, it wasn't the usual expected hagiography. That assessment alone should recommend the book.

Nicholas Urfe - Well said, my friend. For my part, I certainly hope that I have lived my life such that my unabashed [sic] love for all things Steely Dan will be noted, along with (of course) my well-documented reluctance for getting into prolonged online discussions about the "music" of Bruce Springsteen, upon my eventual passing.


Date: Thurs, January 13, 2022, 18:44:20 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

Terry Teachout, theater critic for the Wall Street Journal, died today at the young age of 65. This is from the WSJ tribute: "On Twitter, he described himself as a 'critic, biographer, playwright, director, unabashed Steely Dan fan, ardent philosemite.'"

I'm guessing that we denizens of the blue have lived such that our unabashed SD fandom will be noted when we go on to the big roundup, whatever.


Date: Tues, January 11, 2022, 18:58:07 ET
Posted by: Dr. Hünd, Hanging Valley Wall, CO

<<Why are there 12 tracks on 11 Tracks of Whack? >>

I’m sure there are people here who remember Fagen addressing that on that great 1994 tour introducing a WB cut from that album. Something like quintessential Walter having 12 tracks on an album called 11 Tracks of Whack. Maybe it was just the Colorado stop….I doubt it though. What a show. Huge anticipation/pent up demand. Two new WB songs. New Fagen. Two killer sets. The band was on fire.

SEP
6
1994
Steely Dan Setlist
at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, Greenwood Village, CO


Set 1:
The Royal Scam / Mr. Parker's Band / The Fez
Aja
Reelin' in the Years
Josie
Hey Nineteen
Down in the Bottom
(Walter Becker song)
Sign in Stranger
Peg
Babylon Sisters
Black Friday

Set 2:
Chain Lightning
Green Earrings
Bodhisattva
Deacon Blues
Tomorrow's Girls
(Donald Fagen song)
Hard Up Case
(Walter Becker song)
Green Flower Street
(Donald Fagen song)
Third World Man
Kid Charlemagne

Encore:
My Old School
FM (No Static at All)


Date: Mon, January 10, 2022, 15:48:24 ET
Posted by: The Greater Dandom, Everywhere

Happy 74th birthday to Donald Fagen!

https://youtu.be/DznqCMpcQxQ


Date: Sun, January 09, 2022, 13:38:20 ET
Posted by: Ange Comb,


Why that pic on the back of the CD? Why the pic of DF in the booklet?


Date: Sat, January 08, 2022, 18:09:28 ET
Posted by: BadSneakers, .

Why are there 12 tracks on 11 Tracks of Whack?

Because WB didn't think that the twelfth song was whack.
("Little Kawai")


Date: Sat, January 08, 2022, 17:15:26 ET
Posted by: TO Danfan, still here

Hey Ange Comb. I have no idea of the origins of the photo. But what I see is tracks on the left and a big whack on a window with a bat on the right. Someone's attempt at creativity maybe?

My question is...why are there 12 tracks on 11 Tracks of Whack?

A belated Happy New Year! to all here.(even the Bruce haters!) Hope everyone is healthy as we await a return to normal times and more shows.

Cheers


Date: Sat, January 08, 2022, 13:19:37 ET
Posted by: Ange Comb,



This is the pic I'm referring to:

https://images.app.goo.gl/pYoUwD3ckrEBicQa8


Date: Sat, January 08, 2022, 13:12:58 ET
Posted by: Ange Comb,


Bluebookers:

Why this image on the back cover of 11 TOW?
Just curious about your takes


Date: Wed, January 05, 2022, 17:53:42 ET
Posted by: Ange Comb,




What was Walter trying to tell us with the pictures both on and in the booklet of 11TOW?


Date: Wed, January 05, 2022, 15:06:47 ET
Posted by: Dan, Research

Pretty sure this has everything you need to know.

tinyurl.com/2s38fztw


Just so you know where it points:

https://www.academia.edu/44062845/Kelley_J_L_in_press_West_of_Hollywood_Humor_as_Reparative_Work_and_Cross_Cultural_Bridge_in_the_Life_and_Work_of_Walter_Becker_Prereview_manuscript_submitted_for_publication


Date: Tues, January 04, 2022, 22:29:43 ET
Posted by: Mr. LaPage, In the den

Hope this helps:

https://walterbeckerway.com/


Date: Tues, January 04, 2022, 20:24:17 ET
Posted by: BadSneakers, .

WALTER BECKER WAY ... Street Naming Ceremony

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?ref=watch_permalink&v=278858912740943


Date: Tues, January 04, 2022, 18:39:18 ET
Posted by: Daniel, NYC

Walter Becker lived on the Upper West Side.


Date: Tues, January 04, 2022, 17:25:59 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Nothing but blues & Elvis

I have no idea if this publicly-available clip answers any questions about WB's post-Hawaii NYC neighborhood, but it sure looks to me like a guy who just ducked out into the street for a quick guitar solo...then right back inside...who knows?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWLwDVjE-PY

Funny thing...this wonderfully-cool FM/Empire State Building/WB busking video has been up for almost four years now, and yet - inexplicably - has just barely hit the one thousand views mark. Hardly "Shawn Mendes" [snicker]-style numbers...or even "Housecat vs. ball-of-string"-style numbers. I attribute this obvious YooToob computer-glitch to what you'd call a "YooToob computer glitch".

As I listen - right now, at this very moment - to the absolutely brilliant Circus Money, all the way through, yet again, I can't seem to come to any other rational conclusion...


Date: Tues, January 04, 2022, 12:43:37 ET
Posted by: Mike in NYC, NYC

Chris, Thanks. I'll look for that interview. I'm curious if he lived on the Upper East Side, like Donald, or perhaps the Upper West Side, which is where I live. I was fortunate to attend the naming of the street in Forest Hills. It was sad but celebratory.


Date: Tues, January 04, 2022, 11:37:34 ET
Posted by: Chris , nh

Mike, I believe that song isn't autobiographical - he mentioned in an interview that the inspiration was (paraphrasing) an adolescent fantasy about living in a downtown loft.

Not sure where he lived in NYC post-Malibu but there's a street named after him in is Queens neighborhood ... https://walterbeckerway.com/


Date: Mon, January 03, 2022, 13:32:18 ET
Posted by: Gabe, PA

Also mildly Dangential about Licorice Pizza is that Bradley Cooper played the non-fictional character Jon Peters who (as he explains in the movie)dated Barbara Streisand.


Date: Mon, January 03, 2022, 07:31:24 ET
Posted by: Stan, ee

Mike: Find the charmer, ask him which floor, add one.


Date: Sun, January 02, 2022, 15:05:40 ET
Posted by: Mike in NYC, NYC

Can anyone tell me where in Manhattan Walter lived? I've been listening to Circus Money and I'm just wondering what neighborhood he lived in. He mentions Greene Street in Downtown Canon (as in Black Cow) but I don't know if that song is autobiographical and anyway the protagonist moves out. Thanks for any info.


Date: Sat, January 01, 2022, 22:26:23 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Happy New Year to you Hoops. And everyone on the Blue.Good to see posts from my buddies M/O/D/P and the Dean. Desperately in need of a Danfest. Let's hope 2022 is kinder to us. Peace


Date: Sat, January 01, 2022, 21:23:40 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Happy new year! 🎈🎆🎊 🧨🎉🥂✨



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