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Date: Wed, August 10, 2022, 12:10:06 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

A few days late, but caught the show in CT Sunday. My only other show this tour was Mansfield and I felt this one was better. Fagen's voice was in full force - the week off did him good - and while he mentioned the heat he seemed to have better energy altogether. The venue was also a factor for me - much smaller, about 5k seats. Since they started spoiling Boston area fans with multi-night runs in theaters the big shed shows just don't have the right vibes for me anymore.

Number one factor for me was Adam Rodgers, who I felt might have been holding back a little in Mansfield and was a little hard to hear at times. Maybe it was the mix improving (he was much more audible) but I also felt he seemed more comfortable all around and took more chances. To my ears he sounded a lot more like himself.

The set felt a little short, and was indeed one song shorter than shows earlier in the tour. I guess that's the trend with Steely Dan shows these days, or maybe an adjustment made for the insane heat we've been dealing with all summer. (All the more reason to get back in the theaters IMO..)


Date: Sat, August 06, 2022, 00:29:03 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

Thanks for the WaPo article, Hoops. Very interesting. Kudos to Esposito for exposing the fraud (And yes, that is what it was). And rotten tomatoes to Michael Fremer, for trying to cover up said fraud. But mostly for being a seemingly pompous asshole.

Truth and transparency is the enemy of the marketing department.


Date: Fri, August 05, 2022, 17:30:33 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Since "The Nightfly" was one of the earliest, full digital recordings, I'm not sure how --if at all --this impacts the MoFi version of "The Nightfly" that you may have purchased about five years ago for $100, and it's not worth on average about $300. However, as I'm understanding this, it may mean a technical difference for those MoFi recordings released in the past decade or so that were originally recorded an analog. The idea is that the original analog tapes for other albums were used to make "One step" copies on vinyl.

At any rate, according to past discussions in this forum and it's related social media forums, The MoFi version of "the Nightfly" is considered one of the best versions out there on vinyl.

Here's the article from the WaPo; it is behind a firewall, but I'm using my subscription's special "gift" feature so you should be able to use the special link to view the whole thing.

And a quote from the article…

“Not that you can’t make good records with digital, but it just isn’t as natural as when you use the original tape,” says Bernie Grundman, 78, the mastering engineer who worked on the original recordings of Steely Dan’s “Aja,” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic.”

https://wapo.st/3vLgLVw


Date: Fri, August 05, 2022, 08:26:12 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

I'm looking forward to the day when we reverently say, "Meet if you will, the Nobel Prize-winnng Dr. M/O/D/P." We'll be way deep into, well, something.


Date: Fri, August 05, 2022, 05:16:53 ET
Posted by: Steve M, Scotland

Paddy McAloon famously chipped into the Springsteen debate some 37 years ago!

Brucie dreams life's a highway....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEJdfDD4dVg


Date: Thurs, August 04, 2022, 20:32:41 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Once a small part of a Goodly Contingent myself, long ago

And believe me when I tell you that Those Were The Days, My Friend Nicholas Urfe.

And you know I was "there", just once, long ago, because you've read my previous reports of that fateful day here on The Blue. Oh, I was there, in that massive, echo-y football stadium. A football stadium filled to overcapacity with howling, bleating, caterwauling lunch-pail-toting, foaming-at-the-mouth Springsteen fans.

And far be it from me to offer a correction here, especially a correction - even a gentle, respectful one - of such an esteemed Bloobook contributor as the esteemed Mr. Urfe. Or, even more potentially egregious, I'm actually posting this bit after having read Hoops' thoughtful/even-keeled pro-Bruce contribution from an hour or so ago.

But for the life of me I don't recall any of those poor lost souls barking about wanting to "boogie". Of course, it's possible that that's what they *wanted*​ to do with their four plus hours of concert time, back then, but the demented/devoted concertgoers I remember from that unfortunate day in Summer 1984 were so overcome by their collective emotional incontinence that forming a complete sentence like, "Boogie, boogie, we want to boogie" would in all likelihood have been completely beyond their collective grasp. So strong was the fervency, so overpowering was the crowd's overall state of non-compos mentis, that all that would come out - all that COULD come out - was a thunderous communal roar...the surname of the crowd's Object Of Adoration..."SPRINGSTEEN!!!!!". Think "Krakatoa Eruption", but fractionally louder.

And, of course, the non-stop lunch-bucket banging. Don't forget that part. I know never will.



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Date: Thurs, August 04, 2022, 19:22:06 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Doc Mu: didn't realize that about "Heart to Heart." I like the Michael McDonald influenced part a lot better than a Kenny Loggins/David Foster refrain. Cool information. Thanks.


Date: Thurs, August 04, 2022, 19:04:14 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

I've never seen Bruce Springsteen in concert but would like to see him once. I definitely would be there for the hits, especially those from the 70s and early 80s. I super enjoyed the album he came out with about three years ago, "Western Stars." Cindy Mizelle is on that one. I would say it's my favorite Bruce album, but I also understand from most Springsteen fans that it's very atypical, and therefore not very popular among his hard-core fans. But I thought it was brilliant. Came off as a very interesting tribute to the likes of Jimmy Webb, Glen Campbell and Uni Records-era Neil Diamond, but much better. But the only way I would go is if the tickets were definitely under $100 apiece. In the past couple years, Bruce Springsteen has done a podcast or radio show where he spun some of his favorites. One of those tunes was "Through With Buzz." (That's old news to long timers here.)


Date: Thurs, August 04, 2022, 10:45:56 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

M/O/D/P, you know that I love a Springsteen dustup as much as anybody - heck, more than most - and not to quibble, but I don't think they all holler "SPRINGSTEEN!!" A goodly contingent of them are yelling, "boogie, boogie, we want to boogie."

http://sdarchive.com/aiahowl.html

(This post is really just a shabby excuse to post the above link for the umpteenth time, becasue no matter how many times you read it, it never gets old.)


Date: Wed, August 03, 2022, 12:44:40 ET
Posted by: Fred,

M/OD/P: The $5500 Springsteen tickets only cost one of your balls; not the pair.


Date: Wed, August 03, 2022, 11:44:08 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Incredulous, but in an "I-find-it-hard-to-believe" sort of way!

Speaking of things that are definitely NOT Absolutely Normal...or even remotely acceptable...

https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/ct-aud-nw-nyt-bruce-springsteen-tickets-20220802-vabh2jc4obbhzl44t3o4fqxmea-story.html

I found this Chicago Tribune "news story" somewhat accidentally when I was looking for info about the recent SD cancellations. Believe me, the last thing I was looking for was info about Springsteen tickets. But there it was...good lord...

Springsteen seats selling for a reported $5500.00? Is that per ticket or per pair? Does it even matter??

I mean, what does this make the unsold tickets for any remaining SD shows worth? Double that amount? TRIPLE?? And what kind of sick, twisted individuals would actually pay $5500.00 for ANY concert tickets, let alone tickets that would require one to sit through a 4-hour+ Springsteen performance??

Four plus hours of having your ears assaulted with song after crude soundalike song referencing girls, cars, girls in back seats of cars, and New Jersey. For $5500.00. An all-new 30-minute marathon/extended version of "Born To Run In The USA"...for $5500.00. Sitting in a cavernous basketball arena beside your chatty new Boss Friends as they howl & puke along to each clone tune, and as they holler "SPRINGSTEEN!!" almost constantly while rattling their lunch-buckets in time to every goddamned "musical offering". For $5500.00.

The world has indeed become a very dark, sick, depraved & degenerated place.


Date: Tues, August 02, 2022, 14:49:44 ET
Posted by: Bob, Le Ponge

Also, this tour is Earth After Hours, not Absolutely Normal.


Date: Tues, August 02, 2022, 11:50:41 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

For what it's worth, tickets are still currently on sale for the rest of the tour. The email from Live Nation may have just been poorly worded, using the name of the event.


Date: Sat, July 30, 2022, 13:13:19 ET
Posted by: Lonnie's Playroom, Orlando

FYI I got two emails. The one from LiveNation said: "Steely Dan - The Absolutely Normal Tour Has Been Canceled." The second was from the venue itself and merely said "Steely Dan Cancelled." I just assumed that LiveNation would know before putting an email like that out. Never assume anything, though?


Date: Thurs, July 28, 2022, 23:49:11 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

That sucks. But best of luck and health to the entire band.

Is the entire tour cancelled? I don't see that on their site, but I haven't done an extensive search.

So glad I got to see them in Atlanta with the Puppy.

Sending good vibes to the band, and fans, and hoping you get to see them this year.


Date: Thurs, July 28, 2022, 17:24:12 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Lonnie's Playroom:

First, I'm sorry you must be disappointed if your show was canceled. That sucks.

I've heard nothing about Donald himself having Covid.

Simply my opinion based on some other social media. A topic of discussion in our sister Facebook forum this past weekend was how Keith was drumming a whole show with a mask on. It was never confirmed whether he had Covid or not, but it sure is one hell of a way to have to mask for two hours, physical exertion playing drums like that. Michael reported on his social media a few weeks ago that he had Covid and for one show he was actually in a booth backstage playing trumpet with the mic wired out to him. I think they can eek out a show missing one of the backup singers or maybe one of the horn players; or maybe not. Maybe they could even limp along with just Adam on guitar. But if Keith, Freddie, three are all the horn players, or all the back up girls have Covid, I don't think they can have a show. I can't see even the most talented drummer coming in. I think there would have to be some rehearsal time to get things glued together. Also, the trumpet players are certainly blowing a lot of air for obvious reasons. If a couple of those people had it, there's probability that they are blowing covid it all over the place. Just my two cents, not as an infectious disease expert or anything like that. I could see if enough band members, even if it wasn't Donald, were sick they would not go on with the show. Hopefully in a week, they'll be back up and running. But sorry to the Florida people had to wait two years only to have the shows canceled. Just how things are these days


Date: Thurs, July 28, 2022, 16:47:38 ET
Posted by: Lonnie's Playroom, Orlando

Weird to read that DF was in fine form just a couple days ago in Tampa. The entire tour has been cancelled. I've got front row seats for both Orlando shows Aug. 1 AND Aug. 2. This is the absolute pits. I wonder what's going on? Is DF ill? Anybody know?


Date: Wed, July 27, 2022, 17:26:06 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,


Another episode of mu-like chords in strange places, or really not so strange. You love him, you hate him: "yacht rocker" and film composer extraordinaire Kenny Loggins. As you might guess, we'll focus on one of his collaborations with Michael McDonald.

Evidently, Loggins and David Foster had written the chorus for Heart to Heart and were looking for a verse. MM provided IMO an iconic gospel intro with really cool modulation and chord progression, transitioning into the verse that he wrote with some help from Loggins. Near the end of the intro MM throws in a cool chord voicing that's dub a turbo Mu...demonstrating how that apprenticeship with Steely Dan on the road and studio paid off...again. A G7add13, instead of the add2, blending nicely with the seventh, ninth, 13th chords. really cook progression and voicings - my favorite part of the song.

Great chord progression in the verse that leads back to the G, G7add13 figure again.

MM added some nice maj7 modulation in the last line of the pre-chorus

The best thing about the chorus is when it transitions back to the turbo Mu vamp.

The bridge, likely co-written by MM has inserted sus4 and sus2 chords and a more traditional Cadd9 mu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MLxCgyo0uA


This Is It (another MM, KL collab) is almost as snappy although Loggins over-earnest vocals can be annoying.




A lot of what is allegedly YR is jazzed up R&B from MM, SD, some Jay Graydon produced stuff is really R&B. I've never thought of it as mainstream rock...or rock for yuppies...





Date: Mon, July 25, 2022, 14:06:11 ET
Posted by: Folky, Newport

Welcome back Joni!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53amY2stAbk
And all was right in the world. For a short time at least.


Date: Sun, July 24, 2022, 00:14:34 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

When Christmas Eve happened 7 months ago, my wife got me the one gift that just could not be topped. Tickets for us to see "Steely Dan' this time at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.
As many of you know they played 2 nights there. I attended night 2 tonight (Saturday) and was completely blown away. "Night by Night" the opener was incredibly good. Beyond delighted to hear "Rikki" and "Any Major Dude" plus enjoyed rarer tunes like "Green Flower Street", "Godwacker and "Babylon Sisters".
Mr. Fagen was in particularly fine form tonight. He sounded great and had more enthusiasm than on any of the 7 or 8 shows I had seen him play on previously. The band was phenomenal as always.
I can't praise this show enough !!!


Date: Thurs, July 21, 2022, 07:21:56 ET
Posted by: DonB, Toronto

Thanks, all! Always great when your music lands on the right ears.

For anyone in greater Toronto: Monkey House is headlining the Sun Life Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival on Saturday!

N.B. I like when Drew Z calls me "maestro"...


Date: Sun, July 17, 2022, 15:18:34 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

York


Date: Sun, July 17, 2022, 01:17:15 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Sounds great. New Rok Owes You Nothing, Major Minor, Ever since the World ended are standouts. Zingg's solo on Remember the Audio is fantastic and the minor key keyboard stabs reminiscent of Walter's stuff..

Chicago also released an album the same day. Don B. wrote a song with new lead singer Neil Donnell for the Christmas album...not sure about this one?

Robert Lamm's songs on their new one, like on Now, are some of the better tunes. At least the horns were let out of jail for their last 3 studio albums (if we include the Christmas album). Don't expect anything like the Kath era, but better than the David Foster ****.


Date: Sat, July 16, 2022, 12:02:01 ET
Posted by: hoops,

And here's the link to the new lyric video for the title track of Monkey House's new album, "Remember the Audio". Check it out now! Share with your friends.

https://youtu.be/joPlPVtnMxg


Date: Fri, July 15, 2022, 23:16:39 ET
Posted by: hoops,

@insidemusicast talks to musical giants like Larry Carlton, Bob James, Marcus Miller and Steve Gadd; AND THIS WEEK DON BREITHAUPT of MONKEY HOUSE! Here's their chat about the new @MonkeyHouseBand album "Remember the Audio" (OUT NOW!):
https://www.insidemusicast.com/musicasts/2022/11/07-don-breithaupt-monkey-house


Date: Fri, July 15, 2022, 17:11:46 ET
Posted by: Josey, Mass

Major Minor is groove infectious! Love the half time shuffle!


Date: Fri, July 15, 2022, 16:59:00 ET
Posted by: Josey, Mass

Midway through my second listening on the new Monkey House - NICELY DONE, DON!! Sounds great and definitely recommended!


Date: Fri, July 15, 2022, 12:51:10 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

#1 on iTunes Jazz Chart!

REMEMBER THE AUDIO



OUT TODAY: The New Album From Monkey House

Featuring Michael Leonhart, Drew Zingg, Randy Brecker, Lucy Woodward, David Blamires, Guido Basso and many more!

BUY IT! DOWNLOAD IT! STREAM IT! REQUEST IT!

GET IT TODAY! An Appeal to YOU From the Dandom Digest

Having a big first week is essential to the continued global success of Monkey House, and *pre-orders* (physical and digital) all count toward the Week 1 total. Vote with your dollar—here are the relevant links to REMEMBER THE AUDIO. And be sure to tell your local jazz radio station to play it! If the Amazon store isn't your jam, there should be other options in your territory. Thank you from the Dandom Digest, as well as Don Breithaupt and Monkey House.

CD ORDER
https://www.amazon.com/Remember-Audio-Monkey-House/dp/B09ZYQ2XYZ/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3BMQQOICM46IV&keywords=monkey+house&qid=1654295488&s=music&sprefix=monkey+house%2Cpopular%2C156&sr=1-1

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/remember-the-audio/1622910747?itsct=music_box_link&itscg=30200&ls=1&app=itunes

STREAM
https://monkeyhouse.lnk.tt/RTAPR

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WHAT THEY ARE ALREADY SAYING about REMEMBER THE AUDIO

"Monkey House, led by Don Breithaupt, a Canadian composer / arranger / keyboard player / singer and author of Steely Dan's research book Aja, completed the long-awaited album for the first time in three years. A masterpiece that shows the highest finish ever, which can be said to be more than the acclaimed previous work Friday (2019). Guest musicians are also gorgeous every time. Must-listen for all AOR fans! " --CD Japan

"It's hard to imagine Monkey House topping their amazing last album, Friday, but Monkey House excels and succeeds with Remember the Audio." --Dandom Digest

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ALSO FROM DON BREITHAUPT of MONKEY HOUSE…


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

Buy Don Breithaupt's Acclaimed 33 1/3 book, "Aja"
The definitive book...features conversations between Don Breithaupt and Donald Fagen on Steely Dan's landmark album.

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

--30--


Date: Fri, July 15, 2022, 10:21:31 ET
Posted by: DonB, Toronto

Plug alert: It's Monkey House release day. The new album, Remember the Audio, just went to #1 on the iTunes jazz chart, so we're off to a good start. As reported here previously, guests on the album include Randy Brecker, Michael Leonhart and Drew Zingg. "Arguably the finest collection of songs in the Monkey House canon," says Inside MusiCast. Multi-link to all formats: https://monkeyhouse.lnk.tt/RTAPR (Thanks for giving a damn!) —DB


Date: Fri, July 15, 2022, 01:18:57 ET
Posted by: SDV, up on the hill

Keith chimed in on Twitter and said Jon Herington also played on Carey. not surprising since he played on every track of EMG even as Walter played all the solos.

it seems perfectly finished to me, and I think I hear some subtle doubling on his falsetto parts which is likely Carolyn. the only thing the song really lacks is a horn chart but I guess they wanted to keep it on the simple side with just 4 players and backup vocals.

would love to know how it finally slipped out after 21 years. I'd also love to know the real story on why it was left off the tribute album. did Joni reject it or Donald? some in the know have said Donald hated his vocal, but it also seems that all the lyrical and musical changes they made could've rubbed Joni the wrong way on what is a very personal/autobiographical song about a specific person.


Date: Thurs, July 14, 2022, 23:53:36 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

I have to think you are correct, Chris. Definitely sounds like Walt on the guitar. I suppose he probably is on bass, too.

I dunno that this definately was a demo, maybe just a rough first edit. But The Dan simply doesn't release anything this unpolished. If it were accepted, I expect the Danettes would be joining Don in the upper register parts. I'm guessing there would also be a bit more texture added, too. IMO, of course

I didn't hate it. Different than what I thought it might be. But like most things SD, I liked it better on repeated listening.


Date: Thurs, July 14, 2022, 22:39:05 ET
Posted by: Chris, Nh

According to Michael Leonhart, Carey is just Don, Walt, Keith and Carolyn: https://fb.watch/egyLrTHOtO/

It’s possible there are performers he didn’t know about, but there’s nothing there that stands out as a Baker or Herington part to my ears. And I’d bet my life on that guitar solo being 100% Walt.


Date: Thurs, July 14, 2022, 17:51:43 ET
Posted by: TO Danfan, On the Blue

Hey Mt. Belzoni gotta say I totally agree with all the stuff in your post. Well said.

Definitely great to finally hear it. Sounded like a demo. Is it?
I was not impressed with the vocals and I know it was Carlock but really it was a basic beat.

Now that it's out there could/would they do it live?
With todays band and the Danettes taking some major vocal parts
I think they would give us a glorious funked up version.

Anyway that's my take.

Cheers

ps..hey have you heard? Big Bruce Tour comin' up.. :-)
nyuk nyuk


Date: Thurs, July 14, 2022, 11:19:34 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni, Portland, OR

After reading and wondering about it for nearly 2 decades, I am delighted that Steely Dan's Carey cover has finally snuck/walked out of the vault and the I've gotten to hear it. I am a huge fan of Joni's work, especially her early and mid-career stuff, and a huge SD fan.

That said, I can't recall the last time I heard an un-heard SD/Don/Walt track that disappointed me. I really like their (few) covers (I Idolize You, Ruby Baby, Misery & the Blues, Viva Rock n Roll), the live band warm-up openers (Cubano Chant, November Afternoon) - even some of Donald's Dukes covers (Something in the Air). But if this were a finished track (which remains unclear), I think it best they left it off the early 2000s Joni tribute CD.

Much of my issue here is the song choice itself - a lovely but very simple, dulcimer-backed 3-chord ditty that (true to its narrative) sounds like it was wistfully written in a cave in Crete. And that octave swoop in each verse. Not really SD's strong suit. In fact, Joni herself did a much better job of jazzing Carey up with the LA Express on her '74 tour (and Miles of Aisles LP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6rq15B1Ma4).

And while Joni's magnificent catalog doesn't offer D&W a lot of room to re-interpret or cover impressively (due to her different vocal abilities & style, confessional writing, reliance on acoustic (and re-tuned) guitar, etc.), I do think they might have chosen Joni tunes that would have played more to their strengths.

Had they asked, I would have suggested these instead: Black Crow, Love or Money, Blonde in the Bleachers, Trouble Child, Blue Motel Room, In France, maybe even taking a flyer on Night in the City.

And while I can name a few good Joni covers that add something new/different (CSNY's Woodstock, Tom Rush's early Urge for Going, Judy Collins' Both Sides Now), much of her best work is so individualized musically &/or lyrically that it is simply hard for someone else to cover effectively (eg Judgement of the Moon & Stars, Song for Sharon, I Had a King, All I Want, Don't Interrupt the Sorrow, the Dawntreader). And some of her other best recordings already lean in the same jazz/rock direction as D&W were then heading, and with overlapping studio musicians to boot (much of Court & Spark, some of Hissing, other numbers from her Shadows & Light live '79 LP).

Well, maybe they'll take another shot at one someday. And I have enjoyed getting to hear it at last!

Happy listening,
Mt. Belzoni


Date: Wed, July 13, 2022, 22:14:35 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, A little less concise, this time 'round

OK, I think most of us here understand that every single goddamnded Steely Dan album ever released contains songs that were written well before and/or not specifically during the particular album's recording sessions. At least, I hope we do. I'm not making this shit up - it's all a matter of record ("see what I just did there?"). Of course, the corollary would be that some songs were actually written specifically FOR the album, during the, y'know, recording of the album. Whichever album. Makes sense, no? I'm pretty sure Gaucho ain't no different.

Some points to ponder, though...Rick Beato seems like a good guy, and even though I generally hate all those YooToob Chatty-Cathy/"Reaction" videos, I generally enjoy his stuff, in small(er) doses ("of course").

I said, "points to ponder", so I guess I'd better come up with another "point"...which would be that Gaucho is a really, really good album. Maybe the goodest that Don & Walt ever did, but, hey, maybe not - it's all a matter of opinion, and it's hard to say, especially if it happens to be damn near ten-thirty at night and you're more than halfway through a bottle of Los Abuelos Anejo.

In conclusion, I believe The Children Are Our Future.

M/O/D/P




Date: Wed, July 13, 2022, 21:38:03 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Succinct, for a change

QUOTE: The Dean - "So I'd take his info with a grain or two of salt"

My thoughts exactly.


Date: Wed, July 13, 2022, 21:35:45 ET
Posted by: Downdrought,

Updraught, I'll take your word for it on the interview, but don't think that example is any different than any of the other albums. It was relatively common that some of the tracks on every Steely Dan album were around for a few years before the final version.


Date: Wed, July 13, 2022, 20:11:15 ET
Posted by: Updraught, Philly

I recall an interview with Walter years ago commenting on Gaucho, where he said Time Out Of Mind was written before they left LA. So yes, some songs were around quite a while.


Date: Wed, July 13, 2022, 18:15:35 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. It's Happy Hour

I'm going to guess the nameless poster was referring to this video, Hoops.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxaxHYxnY9o

I watched it about two weeks ago and don't feel like rewatching it now, so I can't say exactly if this is the one, or where he discusses Gaucho.

I will say, while I like Beato's videos, he makes more than his share of mistakes, at least when it comes to SD. When discussing CBAT early in the video he says Fagen sang all but two songs on the album, with Palmer singing the others. Then shortly after talks about much he loves Midnight Cruiser---completely overlooking it is sung by drummer Hodder.

So I'd take his info with a grain or two of salt


Date: Wed, July 13, 2022, 13:40:18 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

I'm not sure why you didn't leave a name, but I'm not sure why most people won't leave their real names here. I've not seen the piece you described, but I'll simply offer this first thought which is probably the first among many from everybody here.

EVERY 1970s-era Steely Dan album has songs or pieces of songs that have been around a while, going back to previous albums, etc. Caves of Altamira is one really good example of this. There's demos going back to the 1968–71 that are out there. But of course it doesn't officially appear in final version until 1976. Parkers Band? Was also on those demos but didn't appear in final version until 1974. I could go on and on. Same with the Gaucho album. So the fact that this author/contact provider suggests that this is all of a sudden new with Gaucho says to me that he really doesn't know much about the history of Steely Dan. Just my two cents. I'm sure others will weigh in and I look forward to that.


Date: Wed, July 13, 2022, 12:40:37 ET
Posted by: ,

In a recent YouTube video about the evolution of Steely Dan’s sound, Rick Beato doesn’t really discuss Gaucho, only stating that he heard from insiders that Gaucho was cobbled together from songs that they already had laying around (paraphrasing).

I’ve never heard this. I know that pretty much every album has material that was written well before the record came out, but I didn’t know Gaucho was any different. I know the recording of Gaucho was difficult but thought the songs were written for the album, just like all the others.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this?


Date: Tues, July 12, 2022, 22:09:11 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNoLqV-0TcI


Turns out the "Dirty Work" cover that I referenced in the recent
Julia Roberts/Sean Penn "Starz Channel" special "Gaslit" was from The Pointer Sisters. I never knew about this cover, but I think its great.


Date: Sat, July 09, 2022, 16:57:19 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

2nd inversion for voicing of the Cm(maj7)


Date: Sat, July 09, 2022, 16:54:21 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,



I'm hearing on the first measure of the guitar solo

G-G up to C-C D-D Eb-Eb

more like a Cm(maj7).


Date: Sat, July 09, 2022, 16:38:32 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

1:51 - key modulation
2:05 - return to original key

Guessing now D major during that part of the solo?


Date: Sat, July 09, 2022, 16:29:45 ET
Posted by: SDV, up on the hill

I've got Carey in C, and the guitar solo sure sounds like Walter to me.

the solo section is interesting indeed. I've got
G#∆ | G | F∆ | Em7 | Dm7 | G7sus4 | |
C | | G | F | C G | C | |

I'm just crazy about this rendition!


Date: Sat, July 09, 2022, 16:21:29 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

OK, chord sluts out there, help this pedestrian out. The song Carey is in C# major key with only C#, G#, and F# chords...there are some nice intervals in the melody which makes the song a grower. Simple, but catchy. Like Blues Beach which has a more complex and flatted chord progression, but simpler - pretty.


...except the most interesting part of the SD recording IMO is the Jon Herington guitar solo. Sounds like modulation and a chord progression I'll need to work out (but my daughter kicked me out of her bedroom). Is is D-flat major 7th chords? There's almost a Danny Wilson sound to it. Throw me a lifeline!!




Date: Sat, July 09, 2022, 15:32:34 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

DRF - That may be true. Fagen would filling in his own harmonies, vocals, double vocals last. I do hear a little Pixeleen in the rhythm section, although I greatly prefer Pixeleen as a track. The call and response with Carolyn is a highlight of the entire SD discography. Donald really hits some high notes in that one.

Their version of I Idolize You has just more of that Dan attitude.


Date: Sat, July 09, 2022, 15:32:25 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

DRF - that's may be true. Fagen would filling in his own harmonies, vocals, double vocals last. I do hear a little Pixeleen in the rhythm section, although I greatly prefer Pixeleen as a track. The call and response with Carolyn is a highlight of the entire SD discography. Donald really hits some high notes in that one.

Their version of I Idolize You has just more of that Dan attitude.


Date: Sat, July 09, 2022, 12:20:14 ET
Posted by: Del, All over

I get a Dukes of September/Rhymes type experience listening to Carey. Like watching your favorite team in a pre season game. Don the performer is best served as a conduit for his own songwriting.


Date: Fri, July 08, 2022, 21:28:12 ET
Posted by: Donald Rumsfeld-Fagen, Carey

Doc Mu, I’d bet that on those high parts, where Donald isn’t singing fully, he intended to stack some of his own harmony vocals. I don’t think the track we’re hearing is 100 percent completed.


Date: Fri, July 08, 2022, 21:17:43 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Stang: I definitely prefer Brand New Day over Mercury Falling. When We Dance was a good single, but never released on Mercury Falling But from Sacred Love through the newer albums, they are spotty at best. 57th & 9th *might* have been a decent Police album, but really doesn't work.


Decent guitar solo on Carey. The chorus sounds good. Don's struggling a bit on the high notes in the verse. Pretty straightforward recording.

Their cover of I Idolize You is aces.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TygutK8yKII


Date: Fri, July 08, 2022, 05:45:37 ET
Posted by: Donald Rumsfeld-Fagen,

Huh. A bona fide biography of Donald, scheduled for publication in September:
https://www.publishersweekly.com/9781641606875?permamore


Nightfly: The Life of Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen
Peter Jones.
Chicago Review, $28.99 (240p)
Never heard of the author before. Does anyone know his work?

I came across the mention of the book when reading a Guardian article he wrote yesterday about Linda Hoover's album:
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2022/jul/07/linda-hoover-on-her-great-lost-lp-with-steely-dan-i-mean-to-shine



Date: Thurs, July 07, 2022, 23:20:09 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Don Patrol, Dean, M/D/O/P, and everyone else, thanks for the birthday wishes. Here's to health and happiness in the year ahead. Thanks again.


Date: Thurs, July 07, 2022, 22:21:49 ET
Posted by: Donald Rumsfeld-Fagen, circa 2002

First impressions of "Carey": Man, that groove sounds like Pixeleen.


Date: Thurs, July 07, 2022, 18:54:31 ET
Posted by: Dd, X

Having gone into the studio to record a hitherto unreleased song for a proposed Joni Mitchell tribute album – they recorded a version of ‘Carey’ from Mitchell’s Blue album – Becker and Fagen were persuaded by Elliot Scheiner to try analogue recording again. When they heard the results, they loved the incredible warmth of the sound and needed no further persuasion to work in 24-track analogue for their next studio album. Becker and Fagen were still at pains to point out that analogue did have its problems, but it was experts such as Elliot Scheiner who ironed out those problems. Indeed, Fagen joked that “digital sound loosens the fillings in your teeth”. The drummer on that ‘Carey’ session was a young Mississippian called Keith Carlock whom Becker and Fagen had discovered playing at the 55 Bar. He could handle everything they threw at him, and more often than not by the end of the day they would have their track. Not just a great groove drummer, Carlock played jazz well, too.


Date: Thurs, July 07, 2022, 15:10:19 ET
Posted by: Greg M, Been a while!

And here is Carey with the fade-out that is "less" cut off, and some stereo separation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgC063GuWuI


Date: Thurs, July 07, 2022, 09:15:35 ET
Posted by: Bill M,

Better yet and a lot less complicated, Steely Dan's Carey is now on YouTube.

https://youtu.be/FkqnAwrdNqk


Date: Thurs, July 07, 2022, 09:12:01 ET
Posted by: Bill M,

BREAKING!

HEAR STEELY DAN'S VERSION OF THE JONI MITCHELL SONG, "CAREY" FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!

It was originally announced in 2000 that there would be several different artists covering songs for a Joni Mitchell tribute. When the long awaited album was finally released in 2007 there was no Carey by Steely Dan on the song list. Apparently, Joni didn't care for Donald and Walter's version and canned it.

Open this up in your browser and go to the 18:00 minute mark to check it out!

https://www.mixcloud.com/PittsburghFreeFormRadio/steve-acri-freeform-show-19-772022/


Date: Wed, July 06, 2022, 23:19:51 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Givin' Out Luxurious Gifts For Some Damn Reason

Top Five Birthday Presents for Today's Birthday Boy:

Season tickets to The Cubs entire 1973 season, Wrigley Field (row 12, section 114 seats 1 & 2)

Elton John "Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player" LP - Some pretty decent songs on this one. I think you'll like it.

One Chevrolet automobile, "Corvette" model, year 1973 (Chrome bumper rear/urethane bumper front, your choice of Mille Miglia Red or Elkhart Green), new with GM factory warranty. Fun to drive!!

Steely Dan "Countdown To Ecstasy" LP - Trust me, this is a really good record!

Spirograph (by Kenner)
_______________________________________________________________

Happy birthday, Jim.


Date: Wed, July 06, 2022, 19:27:15 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. It's Happy Hour

Happy Birthday, Jim. Thanks for keeping this place alive.


Date: Wed, July 06, 2022, 18:25:16 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Thanks for the birthday wishes, Don Patrol!

Here's to the friendship of all of us here on the Blue and elsewhere in the greater Dandom: and to many more years of Steely Dan!


Date: Wed, July 06, 2022, 18:22:55 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Thanks for the birthday wishes, Don Patrol!

It is true the friendship of all of us here on the blue and elsewhere in the greater Dandom: here's to many more years of Steely Dan!


Date: Wed, July 06, 2022, 13:05:33 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Happy B-Day Hoops!
Peace


Date: Tues, July 05, 2022, 09:02:38 ET
Posted by: stang,

Doc Mu - don't forget Mercury Falling, absolutely killing album. His more modern radio stuff might give him a bad rep, but the album cuts from that era are top notch. He's like a more pop-friendly, less jazz, somewhat simpler Steely Dan, but the songwriting is still very creative and sophisticated and played by top notch hired guns (eg Vinnie, Kenny, Branford, etc.) with jazz inflections here and there. Recent discovery for me and loving it. Def rec Mercury Falling and Ten Summoner's Tales for SD fans.


Date: Mon, July 04, 2022, 17:17:32 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu, Left of the parched Rio Grande

Happy 4th!

OK, Another episode of a mu-like chord where not expect...but maybe you do.

This ditty actually has lyrics worth printing, a take on the King David obsession over Bathsheba.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxtYzo0OLXs

The Badd9 is at the beginning of the bridge on Mad About You. The chord progressions are quite sophisticated: augmented, diminished, stacked chords, key changes. Arguably, this is where Sting's songwriting on Nothing Like the Sun, Soul Cages, and Ten Summoner's Tales finally matched his ego.

A stone's throw from Jerusalem
I walked a lonely mile in the moonlight
And though a million stars were shining
My heart was lost on a distant planet
That whirls around the April moon
Whirling in an arc of sadness
I'm lost without you, I'm lost without you
Though all my kingdoms turn to sand and fall into the sea
I'm mad about you, I'm mad about you

And from the dark secluded valleys
I heard the ancient songs of sadness
But every step I thought of you
Every footstep only you
Every star a grain of sand
The leavings of a dried up ocean
Tell me, how much longer,
How much longer?...


Date: Sun, July 03, 2022, 19:05:18 ET
Posted by: Lee, Tampa

I have never seen the YouTube clip linked below on this site before. I have to say that this guy pulls off what to me is almost musical alchemy!

The incredible reaction when somebody requests Steely Dan:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLeQ7Gpuju0


Date: Sun, July 03, 2022, 18:20:51 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Looking forward to hearing about Bethel tonight. I really enjoyed that venue. But then again, I am an old hippie!
Peace


Date: Sun, July 03, 2022, 13:54:35 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Solid show at the Great Woods/Tweeter/Comcast/Xfinity/Halliburton amphitheater last night. I saw my first ever Steely Dan show there in 2000 on the lawn (before they paved over half of it); I was 12 years old and it's safe to say it was a religious experience. I didn't find God this time around, but I had a good time nonetheless.

Standard setlist - the "mystery" slots were filled by Babylon Sisters and Black Cow, both of which I'm always happy to hear and sounded great. I was hoping for Don't Take Me Alive but I'll take BS and BC over Rikki.

Adam Rodgers soloed on Aja, Home At Last (the extended section), Josie, TOOM (trading with Fagen), the outtro of Bodhisattva and MOS. He's a phenomenal player but he picks his "flashy" moments here very carefully, saving the big runs for the last phrase or two of each solo. It's a smart choice from a pro that serves the music well and allows Jon to be the flashier (yet always tasteful, of course) guy, but, being a fan, I wanted more. I really hope he sticks around for future tours.

The rest of the band was on point as always (and seemingly all Covid-free - no one missing or off to the side). I'm always impressed at the fact that every soloist finds a fresh approach to songs they've been playing for nearly 20 years every night. Even Jon's Bodhisattva solo got a re-working.

Finally got to hear the new section in Home At Last after it was skipped on the Aja-night show I saw last fall. I really liked it, although the false ending before the extended solos meant the audience largely ignored it and took a bathroom break. Excellent solo from Jim Beard to kick it off and Rodgers had his best of the night here.

Fagen sounded good but a little hoarse. Not particularly talkative but seemed to appreciate the energy from the audience.

Mix was pretty good but every soloist other than Jon was slightly buried. I was able to hear Freddie really well tonight though. I think he and Keith feel the most comfortable taking liberties and I love everything they do.


Phantom Raiders

Night by Night
Hey Nineteen
Black Friday
Aja
Kid Charlemagne
Home at Last
Green Flower Street
Time Out of Mind
Babylon Sisters
Josie
Black Cow
Dirty Work
Bodhisattva

Keep That Same Old Feeling

Peg
My Old School

Encore:
Reelin' in the Years

A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry


Date: Sat, July 02, 2022, 13:19:53 ET
Posted by: Freddie, on location

Didn't see any reports from Holmdel so far so I searched this out.

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/steely-dan/2022/pnc-bank-arts-center-holmdel-nj-43b5df57.html


Date: Fri, July 01, 2022, 12:48:14 ET
Posted by: Carlo, Won’t susoect

They’re going to search me when I enter so I can’t have a camera on me, but if Clemenza can find a way to have a camera planted for me, then I’ll livestream the whole concert.


Date: Fri, July 01, 2022, 02:59:57 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

I'll set a flamethrower to this concert!

My offer is nothing, and I'd appreciate if you paid for the concert tickets yourself.


Date: Wed, June 29, 2022, 21:55:17 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

Seems a bit far fetched, Rik. Though I swear I've heard someone shouting "Hoo-ah!" at several Dan shows.


Date: Wed, June 29, 2022, 08:05:40 ET
Posted by: Rik, US

A Tik Tok account dedicated to "facts" about Al Pacino makes this (highly doubtful) claim about his penchant for seeing SD live

https://www.tiktok.com/@alpacinofunfacts/video/7114490005191527722



Date: Tues, June 28, 2022, 11:41:05 ET
Posted by: Michael,

'Heading Home' by Tom Scott is sublime. If you haven't heard it yet, here you go.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jnkb0mNV5z4

Another version of this song was recorded as the theme to the short-lived (six episodes total) 1982 sitcom Making the Grade which also co-starred George Wendt before moving on to Cheers.


Date: Mon, June 27, 2022, 21:26:38 ET
Posted by: Steve, Gennarelli

The timely series "Gaslit" on the Starz Channel starring Julia Roberts and Sean Penn features a wonderful cover of Steely Dan's "Dirty Work".
It's featured at the end of the episode just prior to the penultimate episode.


Date: Mon, June 27, 2022, 09:45:53 ET
Posted by: Dan Belcher, Louisville, KY

I recorded a bit of audio from the Spotify and YouTube versions of The Future Is Almost Gone, and then compared them to the Amazon MP3 version I downloaded from my preorder. Waveforms look basically identical, and listening to them back and forth they all sound the same as well. I wonder if it has anything to do with individual settings in the Spotify preferences regarding quality/volume level/normalization/etc?


Date: Sun, June 26, 2022, 15:23:25 ET
Posted by: DonB, Toronto

Hmm, taking seriously any/all comments re Monkey House fidelity. I'm listening to "The Future Is Almost Gone" on Spotify on my best cans right now, and it sounds pristine. It's definitely not mastered hot; if anything, the Friday tracks are a wee bit louder. The only distortion I'm hearing is the dirt Drew Z dialed in! —DB


Date: Sun, June 26, 2022, 00:16:22 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

The MH singles sound great on TY Music. Spotify sux...how did I let my (grown) kids talk me into Spotify Premium?..


Date: Sat, June 25, 2022, 23:50:42 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

So...thinking about yesterday's SCOTUS Fall of '92...and the 40%+ incidence of premature natural endings to such things...and who holds Mr. Big accountable...which leads to a listen to...

https://youtu.be/M1pmEy6oNvc

and marveling at...what TH are those, 1/32 ghost notes by Carlock?!...and how is that even possible?



Date: Sat, June 25, 2022, 11:17:43 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

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WE WILL MEET AGAIN
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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.

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Date: Fri, June 24, 2022, 21:25:14 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

hoops: Can't wait.

Just a heads up. Something I've noticed on Spotify. Their copy of The Future is Almost Gone has some distortion and is brickwalled. I went back and their copies of Friday and Left sound great. I have Friday, Left, and Headquarters on CD. They are Perfect. Weird.


Date: Fri, June 24, 2022, 15:28:44 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Steely Director,a friend of mine posted a photo of that billboard on Dandom FB. Got a laugh out of it.
Peace


Date: Fri, June 24, 2022, 14:32:42 ET
Posted by: Steely Director, NOLA, feeling hot hot hot

Saw a local lawyer's billboard that said "Rikki don't lose that number!", followed by the lawyer's number. Maybe I should call and inquire about the legality of using that line without (I assume) payment or credit...


Date: Fri, June 24, 2022, 11:26:05 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

BEST MONKEY HOUSE YET! ORDER "REMEMBER THE AUDIO" NOW!

The new Monkey House single just went live! Pre-order the album (via the iTunes link) while you're at it!

https://monkeyhouse.lnk.tt/WWMATP

I have been fortunate enough to have had a few listens to The New One from Don Breithaupt & Monkey House . It's hard to top their last one, "Friday", but they have with "Remember The Audio". Obviously anyone in this group is a lover of great music…here's an opportunity to surround yourself with great music for the second half of the summer of 2022.


Date: Fri, June 24, 2022, 00:39:20 ET
Posted by: MorphTheGuy05, Virginia

Was Reelin performed in '96 at all?


Date: Thurs, June 23, 2022, 00:36:59 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Gene. Nice.

You probably know that Billy Joe's Zanzibar is allegedly a tip of the fez to the Dan. Its coda has some stacked chords before the trumpet solo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yget4xVAulE

Rosalinda's Eyes and Stiletto have cool and acid jazz-lite elements.



M/O/D/P: I laughed 'til I cried.

Dean: Yes, Greg Rolle and Neil Schon initially formed a fusion band. Rolle hung in for an album or two with Perry, took the $$ and made his great escape from Journey...


Date: Wed, June 22, 2022, 14:57:16 ET
Posted by: Gene, PA

On the outro of Billy Joel's Just The Way You Are, he admits to giving a nod to 10CC's stacked chords on I'm not in Love.


Date: Wed, June 22, 2022, 14:49:16 ET
Posted by: Ben, Nope

Is there a Steely Doc fundraiser for this year’s tour so he can attend a show? Please post the link. Thanks!


Date: Wed, June 22, 2022, 10:56:07 ET
Posted by: Zagora, Saratoga Springs - SPAC

Best I’ve seen since ‘93 - WOW - Carlock 🔥 - tremendous last night - and Home At Last - if you can find it….download it and keep it…. Show was fantastic !!!!!!


Date: Wed, June 22, 2022, 08:09:49 ET
Posted by: Michael,

M/O/D/P "pps - Look, I realize that somebody (apparently * We *​) Built This City ("on rock & roll" - of course), but please leave Me out of the "We". I had absolutely nothing to do with it."

Hilarious. I think Heart was offered to record that turd, although I could be mistaken. There's some tidbits about it here.

https://www.songfacts.com/facts/heart/these-dreams

On another subject, for those of you with a taste for Zappa and good prog-rock, be sure to check out Once & Future Band. Although they have but two albums under their wing thus far, there's some impressive material to be had with an authentic retro sheen. Strong melodic sensibilities, clever arrangements, deft performances. It ticks all the right boxes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3ghVHtgpns


Date: Wed, June 22, 2022, 01:05:38 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Saratoga Springs

A Saratoga Steely Solstice

Well another night with Don and the band.Hard to believe it's been 29 years since my first Steely Dan show, at this very venue. Only change in the set list, TOOM out/Godwhacker in. Opened with NightbyNight. Always great to hear a song with Don Patrol in the lyrics.Home at Last was very interesting, what talent this band has. Green Earrings always makes my wife happy. Really great to meet up with Dandom friends at shows. Big shout out to Hank&Linda. Great to hang with you. Once again I think at this point in my Steely Fandom, it's really more about sharing these shows with those of our kind. So that's it from 'Toga. Hope to see a fall NYC run.
Oh yeah, Carlock is a fk'n beast!
Peace


Date: Tues, June 21, 2022, 23:28:02 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

M/O/D/P

The early Santana offshoot of Journey may not be your cup o tea, but it's light years better than the schlock they mass produced later on. I'm specifically referring to their first eponymous album, and their second, Look Into the Future. Not "fancy music" like The Dan or The Puppy, but pretty good stoned space music. If you like Santana's spacy instrumental stuff, you may want to catch a buzz, mellow out and give it a shot. Not sure it will be your thing, but fairly certain you will see it's nothing like the horrendous crap you properly railed against in your post.


Date: Tues, June 21, 2022, 21:35:01 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Somewhat confounded by this latest Journey Into Mystery

Speaking of songs we didn't think had Steely Dan mu-type chords in them...and going 'way back to Doc Mu's inaugural installment of "Songs you might not expect to have the Steely Dan mu chords in them", right here on The Blue, posted May 4th of this very year...wherein The Doc somewhat defiantly - in the face of all previous (and credible) evidence to the contrary - decided to highlight a "song" by "Journey".

Previous to this enlightening post, I really didn't think that any song by "Journey" actually had ANY chords in it. None. At all. I thought it was all just random/incoherent non-musical sludge. That's what I thought, originally, back then, and for quite some time now as well. Obviously, I was incorrect. As in "corrected by Doc Mu", right here on The Blue. Not that the respected Doc sought out to "correct" me (or anyone else for that matter)...just that he clearly and obviously knows his technical/musical shit, whereas I admittedly & (perhaps) shamefully do not. So, the point is, then, that maybe I should probably just shut the hell up and constrain myself to "read only" status.

You all should be so lucky.

But, to be clear, by "Journey", what I meant was the egregious schlock-pop/anthem rock outfit from the Crap Rock Era (the horrible project fronted by some clownish leotard-clad cartoon character who could [still] easily get the job as the new lead goofball/singer for counterfeit Crap Rockers "Aerosmith", should they find a pressing need to replace the guy who's currently their "lead singer"), not the initial Santana offshoot with which I am thankfully unfamiliar.

Anyways, let's hope this puts an end to these gratuitous (or even subtle) references to "Journey" here. And by "Journey", I mean "Starship", "Foreigner", "Asia", "Bon Jovi/Van Halen", or "Complete Lack Of Any Musical Merit Whatsoever" (for those who don't immediately recognize that last band, they also recorded and toured under the name "REO Speedwagon").

M/O/D/P

ps - To be sure, The Doc's more recent 10CC post was cool/informative/fun, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. As did you all.
pps - Look, I realize that somebody (apparently * We *​) Built This City ("on rock & roll" - of course), but please leave Me out of the "We". I had absolutely nothing to do with it.
ppps - But I STILL insist that there are no actual "chords" in any "music" recorded by Gunk-Rock outfit "Journey". Despite what The Doc sez. We Just Disagree.
pppps - "Do something with THAT, ya freak!!"


Date: Tues, June 21, 2022, 18:33:48 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Doc, I suspected you would enjoy Lindsey since we both love SD and her music shares many similarities. Tasty soulful jazz. She's got a powerful set of pipes with impressive range, tonal control and nuance, and she's accompanied by highly skillful players locked in the groove. You can't go wrong.

Interesting tidbit about those stacked chords in that 10cc song. Thanks for sharing.


Date: Mon, June 20, 2022, 22:02:25 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,


Lindsey is another Woodstock native.

Smoky tone, but wicked vocal control.

Live from Daryl's House:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fev0l3QUdxM




Date: Mon, June 20, 2022, 20:44:21 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,


Michael:

Lindsey Webster. Wow, that's tasty! Beautifully recorded. They threw in a "James Bond" chord at the end. Nice. It's a disservice to call it smooth jazz. Will check out more of her stuff.


Speaking of chords, it's our second installment of unexpected mu chords in popular music. Last time it was Mother Father.

We now, ahem, journey back to the eclectic 70s for mu chord stacks in the iconic wall of sound voicings of 10cc's I'm not in love. If it's not obvious the verse reflects the protagonists faux ambivalence of the heart by modulating back and forth between major and minor chords.

During the instrumental breakdown with their 19 old secretary whispering "Be quiet. Big boys don't cry" it's over an Aadd2/B stack. Then in the bridge "Ooh, you'll wait along time for me" there is a Dadd2/E stack to finish the 2nd and 4th times the line is sung.


https://youtu.be/cgJckGsR-T0






Date: Mon, June 20, 2022, 14:43:13 ET
Posted by: Steely Director, NOLA

Hoops, I noticed the same thing with the video screens at the Memphis concert. As a video professional, it drives me nuts. Pretty clearly indicates that Steely Dan is NOT bringing a consistent video crew with them on the tour, and is instead depending on local venue crews (probably much cheaper, but then you get what you pay for...).

Hopefully the director and camera ops get to watch the soundcheck and familiarize themselves with the music somewhat. But I'm guessing the soundcheck does NOT involve a complete set run-through, unfortunately.


Date: Mon, June 20, 2022, 01:49:43 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicagoland

I was sitting in something like the 55th row, but I thought the show was great. Everybody was on point, Adam was really good, especially shining towards the second half of the show. One little detail with Adam: he does this really great Interlude during "Home At Last," but I think maybe it deserves to be played in a more intimate, smaller venue to be fully appreciated. It seemed to get lost in such a large venue. Actually my only complaint was relatively minor: whoever was in charge of the cameras for the screens pretty consistently had the cameras trained on the wrong person soloing; wrong person at band introductions; etc. 

Sunday, June 19, 2022
Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Tinley Park, IL

0. Intro
1. Long intro - Night By Night
2. Hey Nineteen
3. Black Friday
4. Aja
5. Kid Charlemagne
6. Home At Last (DF: "wowwee!")
7. Green Flower Street
8. Godwhacker (DF: "Woooooowwwwww!")
9. Babylon Sisters
10. Green Earrings
11. Black Cow
12. Dirty Work by the Danettes
13. Bodhisattva
14. Keep That Same Old Feeling (Crusaders cover, with band introductions)
15. Peg
16. My Old School

Encore
17. Reeling In The Years
18. A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry (Outro)


Date: Sun, June 19, 2022, 19:11:01 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Thanks for the review Dean. Glad you enjoyed the show. I'm very excited to see Adam play with them in Mansfield.

I cajoled my brother into attending his first SD show in Washington at the start of the tour, and he also said the guitars weren't loud enough. I have noticed myself on other tours that it sometimes takes the sound guys a few bars to amplify various soloists. This was particularly evident when Connor joined. It's always been curious to me, seems like the one part of the touring machine that isn't perfectly tuned.


Date: Sat, June 18, 2022, 10:57:57 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Hey Doc, hope all is going well.

I still remember taking the first deep dive into Al Jarreau's work decades ago. Bought practically all his albums (but no longer have them, unfortunately). As I recall Jay Graydon collaborated on several of his albums. In the vein of the light, breezy jazz-pop idiom but it sounds good. Very melodic, sometimes a bit cheesy lyrical content but that's alright.

Be sure to check out Lindsey Webster. Incredible soulful voice coupled with tasteful smooth jazz. Satisfaction guaranteed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5g5xoUrEMs

Kate Bush has enjoyed a resurgence due to her song 'Running Up That Hill' being used in an episode of Stranger Things, but leading up to this there's also been quite a lot of reaction videos to her songs. 'Blow Away' is my personal favorite. Simply exquisite.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sv9XYxfjTDU


Date: Fri, June 17, 2022, 12:15:24 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

thanks, Dean! Really appreciate it. Glad you had a good time. 🙏👍👍


Date: Fri, June 17, 2022, 11:50:26 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

Sorry for the very late Atlanta report. I just got back home late last night. Fortunately I had terrific seats, 3rd row. Unfortunately given the circumstances, I wasn't really able to keep a set list, but I think it was the same as in Cincinnati.

Snarky Puppy was fantastic. All new unreleased stuff, so nothing familiar at all. But no problem there, as everything was top notch. It took the crowd a song or two to really feel the music, I think. But by the time they finished their short set, the crowd seemed to have come around. I think the funk heavy tunes, and incredible musicianship, helped get the crowd's attention. Oh, and as Steely Director noted, one of the three keyboard players had a whammy bar on what I believe was a clavinet, and was also using a wah-wah peddle with it at the same time. Pretty interesting. Sounded like a guitar, at times.

Unfortunately, too many seem to think it's time to talk during the opening act as if it were the coming attractions before a movie. In my experience it is worse at outdoor venues like the Cadence Bank Amphitheatre. The place is very nice, though.

One minor issue was, the that close to the stage the PA was not really audible to us. We were living on the monitors and amps on stage, for the most part. So while the sound was pretty good, it could have been louder. And since we were right of center, the guitars were a bit muted. The upside is I heard Beard's and Fagen's keyboards better than I ever could in the past. Sitting right in front of the backup singers really punched the vocal harmonies, as well.

As for The Dan, I'm not sure I have ever seen them better. Don was as engaged as I've ever seen and his voice was in top form for most of the show. Rogers acquitted himself very nicely. Occasionally his playing isn't exactly "Steely Dan" sounding, most of it was. I'm thinking he is learning on the job. Everyone else was as great as always. Carlock really just steals the show every time. Fagen keeps giving him more and more time to shine.

No setlist complaints. The songs sounded fresh to me. Time out of Mind was the best version of that I have ever heard. Home at Last was also punched up. The extended intros, and outros, to various songs were great---and different than they have been in the past. The arrangements were incredible. All in all, one of the best shows I've ever seen.


Date: Fri, June 17, 2022, 00:42:04 ET
Posted by: Ben Jammin', Cinci

Riverbend Music Center,
Cincinnati
Thursday, June 16, 2022

(From band's set list sheet)

Phantom Raiders (Intro; Stanley Wilson cover)
Night by Night
Hey Nineteen
Black Friday
Aja
Kid Charlemagne
Home at Last
Green Flower Street
Time Out of Mind
Babylon Sisters
Green Earrings
Bad Sneakers
Dirty Work (Lead vocals by the Danettes)
Bodhisattva
Keep That Same Old Feeling (Crusaders cover, with band introductions)
Peg
My Old School

Encore:
Reelin' in the Years
A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry (Outro)


Date: Wed, June 15, 2022, 18:25:55 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Kate Bush and "Running Up That Hill" is getting a bunch of attention these days, being discovered by new generations.

Going back to December 31, 1980. Kate Bush talks about Steely Dan. Here's an article with a couple of geeat quotes from a neat article where she talks about various influences, including of course Steely Dan:

“I think they're very underestimated. They're the most incredible musicians. This is it. They are here -- a musician's band. I mean, all the musicians in this country just rave about them technically, and as songwriters. But you know, they're not really played on the radio, but they're just incredible. (Paul Gambaccini, BBC Radio 1, 31 December 1980)

"For me, each album got better, and I wish they hadn't split up. (Kate Bush Club, issue 16)”.

https://www.musicmusingsandsuch.com/musicmusingsandsuch/2020/11/26/feature-from-the-starman-to-steely-dan-the-artists-who-have-influenced-kate-bush

ALSO: Kate Bush names her favorite Steely Dan track an album in this thread:
http://gaffa.org/cloud/subjects/steely_dan.html

Pete Fogel was fortunate enough to sit with Kate bush at the 1996 Wembley Steely Dan show. What he remembers most is that Kate Bush was really into Steely Dan.


Date: Mon, June 13, 2022, 21:25:16 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Michael: The Cows are back grazing. Udderly fantastic.

Very reminiscent of Jay Graydon produced albums for Al Jarreau: Breaking Away and Jarreau, ergo the Airplay sound except better.


Yacht Rock is a dumb moniker - jazz/R&B hybrid/alloy is more accurate:

https://youtu.be/WJ3JyC-QQKY

Bit of a Steely Dan vibe:

https://youtu.be/AEWBs76xisI


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-QaFbRFYb8

https://youtu.be/aZ67bpvH3_U


Date: Mon, June 13, 2022, 20:57:15 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

6:12 -
When Lalah begins singing chords on vocals. Puppys lose their snark and fall out.


Date: Mon, June 13, 2022, 20:50:19 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

There was the time Lalah Hathaway won a Grammy for a performance with the Puppys.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SJIgTLe0hc


Date: Mon, June 13, 2022, 20:43:51 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Dean: Sometimes you have to take one for the (Kenny) G team.

https://youtu.be/216Z9_iDT9g

By default...



Date: Sun, June 12, 2022, 12:27:38 ET
Posted by: Sammy,

Michael Leonhart said on his Instagram that he has Covid. Wonder if Jim Pugh has Covid too.

Michael says he feels OK and everything. Here's hoping it passes quickly.


Date: Sun, June 12, 2022, 01:38:21 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Thanks, Steely Director! Much appreciated!


Date: Sun, June 12, 2022, 01:19:14 ET
Posted by: Steely Director, Memphis (no longer stuck inside of Mobile)

Snarky Puppy: 5 songs, all from their new album; never seen a keyboard with a whammy bar before.

Steely Dan: Solid 2 hour show.
Phantom Raiders
Night By Night
Hey 19
Black Friday
Aja
Kid Charlemagne
Home At Last (with extended interlude)
Green Flower Street
Time Out Of Mind
Babylon Sisters
I Got The News
The Caves Of Altamira
Dirty Work
Bodhisattva
Keep That Same Old Feeling
Peg
My Old School
Reelin' In The Years
A Man Ain't Supposed To Cry

(Obviously some rearrangements from earlier setlists, with Godwhacker and Third World Man getting the axe).

Don seemed to be enjoying himself a lot tonight...had a funny running bit with the biting flies at the outdoor venue: "What IS that...NATURE?"

The band was hotso, which goes without saying, especially Carlock (but I'm a drummer, so I'm biased). Adam Rogers had some nice solos. I miss Jim Pugh and Michael Leonhart, but their replacements did a fine job. Can't wait to see them again in Jacksonville, which will be in a theater, and without an opening act.


Date: Sat, June 11, 2022, 19:52:52 ET
Posted by: Steely Director, Memphis (TN, not that other one)

On hot (and I mean HOT) standby for the SP/SD Show to-nite. Setlist to be posted later.


Date: Sat, June 11, 2022, 15:18:02 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

I'd say that's a pretty awesome overview, Mt Belzoni.

Although, frankly, at this point I'd settle for them simply taking all seven ABC/MCA albums and remastering the amount of 180 g vinyl and re-issuing them as a Boxing sort of the same vein as. "Cheap Xmas."


Date: Sat, June 11, 2022, 03:16:23 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni, Portland OR

In the "keep dreaming" caegory:

For release Nov. 2022:

Can't Buy a Thrill 50th Anniversary deluxe edition

Disc 1

[Original LP remixed & remastered]
1. Do It Again
2. Dirty Work
3. Kings
4. Midnight Cruiser
5. Only a Fool
6. Reelin in the Years
7. Fire in the Hole
8. Brooklyn
9. Change of the Guard
10. Turn That Heartbeat

[Bonus Tracks]
11. Dallas
12. Sail the Waterway

[Studio outtakes]
13. Sakka Joweda
14. Come Back Baby
15. Running Child
16. Megashine City

Disc 2
[Live]
1. Do It Again (Manassas '96)
2. Dirty Work (Memphis ’74)
3. Midnight Cruiser (Manassas ’96)
4. Reelin in the Years (Alive in America version)
5. Brooklyn (live Memphis ’74)
6. This All Too Mobile Home (Record Plant ’74)
7. Do it Again (Cincinnati ’08 w/M. McDonald)
8. Dirty Work (Danettes 2022)
9. Reelin in the Years (Northeast Corridor version)


Date: Fri, June 10, 2022, 23:09:23 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

I understand those seeing The Puppy before The Dan aren't likely to hear any vocals, but this has me hoping for an unexpected treat. This is simply fantastic, IMO.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUWsAL92feU


Date: Fri, June 10, 2022, 19:51:10 ET
Posted by: The Dean , St. Augustine. Post Friday Happy Hour Groove.

A new Snarky Puppy coming. Here's a taste: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSiLPkUopBg

And I'm guessing this is a taste of what I will see on Tuesday. Anyone who has seen them this tour, please set me straight. I don't expect the light show, and it really isn't important to me at all.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc49bGVK1uI

Getting very excited for the show.


Date: Thurs, June 09, 2022, 19:55:06 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Lately I've been listening to some newer tracks from State Cows. They're sort of Airplay-meets-Toto with a dash of Steely Dan-ish chords thrown in to the mix. Definitely worth a listen (or a few).

Hold On

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90KQKCPWQ64

If We Could Be Together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xhJ8_d_uAc

Also, be sure to check out Stefan Olofsson's solo work. It's AOR with glistening melodies over 70s-style pop, tasty harmonies, tight performances. Here's an instant ear worm.

All Alone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7A_rTbqz2o

Support the artists you enjoy so that they can continue to produce quality music.


Date: Thurs, June 09, 2022, 12:39:57 ET
Posted by: Waiting for lunch , A burger on rye

Maybe if the set list hadn’t been as relatively static as it’s been the last 15 years there wouldn’t be all the discussion/controversy about the opening acts, the nixed opening bands, and the viability of hypothetical openers.


Date: Thurs, June 09, 2022, 10:15:27 ET
Posted by: DonB, Los Angeles

So glad I dropped by...


Date: Wed, June 08, 2022, 21:26:06 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

M/O/D/P

Check your email!

Funny fucking post, as usual, BTW.


Date: Wed, June 08, 2022, 21:23:35 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

Very well put, Pete. As soon as I read Bob's post I was about to post nearly the same thing, but decided he wasn't worth the time. Plus I was on my way out the door. Anyone paying attention knows that analogy is totally uninformed.

I actually got dragged to a Kenny G concert many many years ago. (The things we do for women.) I was a bit surprised because I didn't completely hate it. It was relatively entertaining. But the specifics are completely unmemorable for the most part. I only remember him playing one note for an extended period of time, which while impressive served no real musical purpose, IMO. I believe the band was pretty good, but then again, I'm not really sure.


Date: Wed, June 08, 2022, 21:19:41 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Comparing things to each other & stuff

Oh, Bob/Bob...

Shit...so much wrong with your sublimely-asinine post...geez..it's really just so hard to know where to begin...but aisle try...

How about - for starters - a correction? Can somebody/anybody please correct this dumbass anon's dumbass shit??

I can/I will - So here's my corrected edit:

"MH opening for SD would be like Christian McBride [my choice - yours could vary] opening for Miles Davis [again, my choice, and of course your choice could and possibly should "vary"]" - See Bob/Bob? I just fixed your idotic contribution!!

Then, for additional poops 'n' chuckles, I figgered I should add that your clueless-as-hell (but direct) comparison of shlock-smooth-jazz purveyor "Kenny G." to the band Monkey House makes you a certifiable contender for 2022's "Golden Stupid Clueless Cunt" Award.

Consider yerself nominated.

M/O/D/P

ps - Note that a *nomination* in this category is NOT neccessarily an automatic win, although in your case the odds are certainly, y'know, stacked in your favor. Based on the sheer stupidity of your comment, plus the unlikely possibility that any other jackwagon-dullard contibutions here might even approach the level you just, y'know, "achieved".


Date: Wed, June 08, 2022, 19:35:42 ET
Posted by: Pete,

Bob, Bob…assuming it's true Ornette Coleman's band members played on Kenny G Records and Ornette cooperated with Kenny G on a book about his greatest album and was a huge fan of Kenny G. That's the case with Don Breithaupt and Donald Fagen.

Steely Dan orchestra members have been on the past few Monkey House records. Donald Fagen gave extensive interviews and cooperated significantly with Monkey House leader Don Breithaupt in writing a highly acclaimed book about "Aja". Fagen is also a Monkey House fan.


Date: Wed, June 08, 2022, 10:54:29 ET
Posted by: Bob, Bob

MH opening for SD would be akin to Kenny G opening for Ornette Coleman.


Date: Tues, June 07, 2022, 18:19:34 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. It's Happy Hour

Given the recent posts about the dream of MH opening for SD, this seemed relevant. From the Amazon description of Remember the Audio:

"After years of fluid lineups, Breithaupt says he had an epiphany back in 2011 while rounding up the usual suspects to make Headquarters: Hey, wouldn't it be nice if this coalesced into a steady band?"

I'm not suggesting this means anything other than, to be an opening band for SD you have to have, you know, a band. Good first step, IMO.


Date: Tues, June 07, 2022, 13:39:30 ET
Posted by: Steven F, TX

Steely Dan show in Austin last night was transcendent, beautiful and inspiring.

The crowd was elated. DF’s voice was strong, expressive and pitch perfect and he was clearly having a ball. (Younger fans, of whom there were many! - periodically shouted “I love you, Donald!”) and the band was on fire the entire night.

Two straight hours without an intermission. Greatness, all around. Just wow.

And yes, they played "Josie".

The only downer was that security kept making loud announcements before the show that any cell phone use would result in patron immediately being escorted out of the theater. but that’s a minor niggle in the presence of musical greatness. 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

ACL Live at The Moody Theatre,
Auston, Texas
Monday, June 6, 2022

Phantom Raiders (Intro; Stanley Wilson cover)
Night by Night
Hey Nineteen
Black Friday
Aja
Kid Charlemagne
Home at Last
Green Flower Street
Godwhacker
Babylon Sisters
Peg
Don't Take Me Alive
Dirty Work (Lead vocals by the Danettes)
Bodhisattva
Keep That Same Old Feeling (Crusaders cover, with band introductions)
Josie
My Old School

Encore:
Reelin' in the Years (Joe Williams cover)
A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry (Outro)


Date: Tues, June 07, 2022, 12:21:29 ET
Posted by: Monkey House, Down the street

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Date: Tues, June 07, 2022, 11:47:11 ET
Posted by: The Donald, Trolling these waters

Rikki played on 6/2.
Pretzel Logic 6/3.
Josie 6/5.
Don't Take Me Alive 6/6.

Along with the other usual goodness being performed.

https://www.setlist.fm/search?query=steely+dan


Date: Tues, June 07, 2022, 09:39:36 ET
Posted by: toto, IV

Jim losing his shit over Steely Dan being Yacht Rock will always be the funniest posts on this site, no matter how hard people try to be clever.


Date: Mon, June 06, 2022, 20:49:43 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

Lockhart, there was no opening act posted as far as I know.

I was just about to post asking someone who went to the concert if there was an opening act (and if so, who)? Whom?

Didn't they announce the name of the band at the show? Perhaps a locally based jazz quartet? Organ or guitar based. Yes, I know there are more options.


Date: Mon, June 06, 2022, 14:00:58 ET
Posted by: Lockhart, Lost in sea of love. Need GPS

The first Austin show was outstanding. Who was the opening jazz quartet? I think I heard Donald Collin Jr introduced for (delightful) keyboard.


Date: Mon, June 06, 2022, 09:08:58 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Houston Press reviewer gets it:

Steely Dan Still Shining, Still Reelin' in the Years
https://www.houstonpress.com/music/steely-dan-reels-in-the-years-13506078

"Steely Dan has been lumped in with the Yacht Rock crowd, but this is both inaccurate and a disservice to the band. Sure, their music from the ‘70s goes down easy, like a piña colada on a hot day at an all-inclusive Mexican resort. But calling Steely Dan’s music Yacht Rock is like saying that Monet painted some pictures that look great on tote bags. "

Reminds me of what Reeves Gabrels, guitarist for David Bowies among others, said in an interview a couple years ago that was even more on point: 

"The problem became when people start copying. It’s like Steely Dan. I love Steely Dan; people calling it “yacht rock” piss me off to this day. It was because the people who copied it didn’t have the attitude behind it, or the lyric content. The copycats weren’t rooted in Naked Lunch; they were rooted in pina coladas."

https://www.guitarmoderne.com/artists/david-torn-and-reeves-gabrels-talk-rerecording-bowie


Date: Sun, June 05, 2022, 13:15:31 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!


I believe it has been discussed in the past. MH would indeed be an ideal match. Don B doesn't seem to tour/play live very often with MH. It was refreshing to see the set from Toronto.

Have to agree that starting some sort of public petition isn't the way to go. Not sure our talking about it will make much difference, either. But hopefully it might motivate Don B to get something going. MH can even incorporate some SD members to play on some songs. I don't think Fagen would object, as Madeleine Perroux used the same approach. IMO it was great.

They could start small. Maybe a pairing for a residency in NYC, Toronto or LA, just to get the feel of it. Not too much pressure, easier to put together. Just a thought


Date: Sun, June 05, 2022, 13:04:34 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QK4Er7nmYg


Date: Sun, June 05, 2022, 13:00:52 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

As good as the MH albums are those soundboard recordings on YT sound better, considerably better. They swing more.

When you take crack musicians playing interesting arrangements and they have to deliver in "one take," live, they are going to shine.

It's like Purdie said to Rick Beato (paraphrasing):

To W&D - "You can have us do more takes. And that's fine. I didn't mind. They paid us well. But in the end you are going to use Takes 1, 2 or 3."


Date: Sun, June 05, 2022, 12:10:53 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Doc Mu: Totally agree about Don and monkey house. A few of us I thought about even putting together a petition, but DF can be (understandably) a little resistant to that. (Remember the "Do The Wu" campaign ? ) Still, I remain hopeful, as to others, that one day Don/Monkey House will open for Steely Dan. So it's good that people keep talking about it. I think it's an eventuality.

Here's the first from the new one…
https://youtu.be/2jg_qZgRNoQ


Date: Sun, June 05, 2022, 11:56:28 ET
Posted by: punt, pass,, kick

love to post anonymous inarticulate shots aimed at legitimate contributors


Date: Sun, June 05, 2022, 11:53:46 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Sometimes the obvious answer to the opening band for Steely Dan question is right in front of our collective noses:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No_rNUHy5kE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R5S24H4mzQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvv9rh_9M_0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7LwLPkvg9s





Date: Sun, June 05, 2022, 09:04:10 ET
Posted by: Jonnie, F

If you watch this documentary trailer closely, you'll see an indication of a member of another well known punk band having an apparent fondness for SD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPfmbK-bEDg


Date: Sat, June 04, 2022, 22:32:05 ET
Posted by: pass, pass

love to get offended on behalf of my favorite band


Date: Sat, June 04, 2022, 21:40:54 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, The whole town's talking about the Jones boy

Regarding that quote posted here a few days ago - the one attributed to "Sex Pistols" member Steve Jones...

Interesting to note that the guy whose career-defining act's contributions to the music world include oversized safety pins jammed into fleshy body parts, goofy "Mohawk" hairdos, gobbing at audience members, and an acute lack of anything even remotely resembling musicianship would, in his declining years, profess a fondness for a musical act defined by clever song-writing, high-level live and studio playing, a steadfast (and career-long) refusal to pander, and a complete lack of asinine "rock star" gimmicks - on or off stage. Interesting.

He now says - apparently - that it would be silly for him to be "still flying that flag" at age 66.

It was silly - or worse - when he actually did "fly that flag".

So, nothing's changed, really, except for the late-in-life admission of admiration for Steely Dan.

M/O/D/P


Date: Sat, June 04, 2022, 17:38:55 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Acoustic Sounds is offering special 45 RPM versions of Two Against Nature and Everything Must Go.

One thing that's not discussed as much in Steely Dan fan circles in recent years, that used to be 20–45 years ago, was the audiophile nature of their recordings.  however, I think as a group here, we're pretty good about discussing such things. As noted in the VH1 Storytellers segment, Steely Dan music is a frequent choice for audio experts to test the sound quality of new high-end audio components, etc.

In that spirit, Acoustic Sounds has just released their special 45 RPM, 180 g vinyl, two-LP versions of "Two Against Nature" and "Everything Must Go". Only 1,000 copies of each will be made Mine arrived just a few minutes ago. Will leave additional impressions in the comments, but this is the packaging and the media. The benefit to 45 RPM is that you get higher resolution and therefore, supposedly, better fidelity. They spent quite a bit of money on the jackets, turning them into gatefolds with heavy brown cardboard underneath. The finish on both LPs also is similar to the super high gloss, "liquid lam" finish on the original copies of "Aja". Still, there are some images from the original CD and Warner LP packaging that are not featured in these Acoustic Sounds versions. This version of "Everything Must Go" is, according to credits, mastered by Bernie Grundman for Quality Record Pressings which is working with Acoustic Sounds. For "Two Against Nature", the credit is Scott Hull at MasterDisk (mastering), pressed by Quality Record Pressings. Of course, you will remember that both titles were released on 180 g vinyl, but at 33 1/3 RPM, for last year's Record Store Day. Before that, both titles were issued in 2000 and 2003 in Europe on vinyl but with minimal artwork. Moreover, the 2000 vinyl mastering of "Two Against" was issued without input from Walter and Donald and their peeps. So far I've given half of 2vN i'll listen. It's hard to get past how great these songs are, regardless of format. Still sublime after all these years.

https://store.acousticsounds.com/index.cfm?get=results&searchtext=steely%20dan&LabelID=507


Date: Sat, June 04, 2022, 14:58:03 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Been out of town. Nice setlists. They are branching out a bit. No more Rikki, Reelin' etc.


MH - pan frying the Big Ones. Is this their Royal Scam? Drew is going to make it cry and Zingg. Thanks for the link, hoops.


SP is fine on YT. Really needed Mamas Gun or an equivalent to engage the audience.


You done hired the hitmaker! - gonna check out Beato's interview.


Date: Sat, June 04, 2022, 12:26:55 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Regarding "Josie" not appearing this year on the Setlist so far, I remember a few years back when "Deacon Blues" was not on the set list. Regardless of personal favorites, to me, "Deacon Blues" is the quintessential Steely Dan song, at the pinnacle. But yet it was off the set list for much of one tour. Not sure why, but it did come back.


Date: Sat, June 04, 2022, 00:28:06 ET
Posted by: HouDanFan, Houston

Probably my most disappointing SD show of all. This venue is the worst and I’ll never go back. Sorry but SP is a talented group but why they were chosen to open is beyond me. They looked out of place and at times disinterested. Not sure who came up with that idea. Set list for SD was different and quite frankly started strong and fizzled at the end. Why they continue to come back to this outdoor sauna is beyond me.


Date: Fri, June 03, 2022, 16:48:15 ET
Posted by: HouDanFan, Houston

Show #20 tonight. Not my favorite venue. but am front center so sound shouldn’t be an issue. It can be hit and miss at CWP. Just checked into hotel and already an invasion of the Parrotheads with Buffet playing tomorrow night. Should be a fun night.


Date: Fri, June 03, 2022, 11:46:11 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

Bookeeper, you beat me to the punch. It really is a surprise to me that Josie hasn't been played this tour. I too recall Don saying he particularly likes playing the song. Watching him play during the song, reinforced that as he always seem to be very happy while playing it.

I've always taken what the Dan chooses to play without complaint, and I have heard Josie very many times in concert. But I can't say I won't miss Josie just a bit. Especially the extended intro they typically added.


Date: Thurs, June 02, 2022, 15:48:28 ET
Posted by: Bookkeeper's Son, Florida

I remember Donald saying in the not too distant past that Josie was one of those songs he/they just enjoyed playing. As to why it was routinely in the set list. Great tune, easy to dance to, has a good beat....


Date: Thurs, June 02, 2022, 12:36:23 ET
Posted by: SDV, up on the hill

Josie was performed at least once this tour and several times last fall. I believe Jon even started playing the solo basically note-for-note like Walter, as a tribute after his passing


Date: Thurs, June 02, 2022, 00:00:52 ET
Posted by: Bob, JGT Podcast

Jon Herington Talks About The Current Steely Dan Tour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6xy35CMKq0


Date: Wed, June 01, 2022, 23:42:08 ET
Posted by: Rob,

Stan: Boo hoo.


Date: Wed, June 01, 2022, 23:17:03 ET
Posted by: Stan, MA

I called it quits on seeing any more SD shows in 2016 and don’t pay close attention to the set lists. But Josie was always a staple and I see it’s not being performed so far this tour. Has it perhaps been MIA since Walter’s passing?


Date: Wed, June 01, 2022, 15:47:11 ET
Posted by: Ak-Chin Pav, Phoenix

May 31, 2022

Phantom Raiders

Night by Night
Hey Nineteen
Black Friday
Aja
Kid Charlemagne
Home at Last
Green Flower Street
Godwhacker
Third World Man
Babylon Sisters
Bodhisattva
Green Earrings
Dirty Work
Peg
Keep That Same Old Feeling
My Old School

Reelin' In The Years

A Man Ain't Supposed To Cry


Date: Wed, June 01, 2022, 15:33:37 ET
Posted by: Fascist Regime , Jubilee, England

“I don’t particularly listen to punk rock anymore. My musical tastes have changed a lot over the years, you know, and I’m 66 years old. I’m not a kid anymore. I think it would be a bit silly if I was still flying that flag."

“I like Steely Dan," he said. "Is that bad?”

-Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones 31/05/22


Date: Wed, June 01, 2022, 15:12:30 ET
Posted by: Fascist Regime , Jubilee, England

“I don’t particularly listen to punk rock anymore. My musical tastes have changed a lot over the years, you know, and I’m 66 years old. I’m not a kid anymore. I think it would be a bit silly if I was still flying that flag."

“I like Steely Dan," he said. "Is that bad?”

-Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones 31/05/22


Date: Sun, May 29, 2022, 22:05:47 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

BBB thank you. Very glad you decided to hear them.

I'm getting more excited by the day.


Date: Sun, May 29, 2022, 16:50:55 ET
Posted by: BBB, Chula Vista

Hey Dean. I've never heard Snarky Puppy before. Of course, I read the rave reviews from other Steely Dan fans. I will say they did not disappoint. But I couldn't name the songs or anything. Just that they sounded great. Sometimes we plan on skipping the opening act and arrive in time for Steely Dan. But in this case, I would recommend arriving early enough to hear all of Snarky Puppy.


Date: Sun, May 29, 2022, 16:41:53 ET
Posted by: The Dean., St. Augustine. It's Happy Hour

BBB/Murphy thanks for the report

Anything you can say about Snarky Puppy?


Date: Sun, May 29, 2022, 16:30:48 ET
Posted by: BBB, CHULA VISTA

Set list last night in Chula Vista pretty much the same as Friday - instead of FM and Time out of Mind they played Black Cow and Godwhacker.

They did a lot of extended jamming on a few songs like - Home at Last, Godwhacker and Green Earrings. Sounded great.


Date: Sun, May 29, 2022, 11:11:55 ET
Posted by: Murphy, Cali

North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre,
Chula Vista, California
Saturday, May 28, 2022

Phantom Raiders (Intro; Stanley Wilson cover)
Night by Night
Hey Nineteen
Black Friday
Aja
Kid Charlemagne
Home at Last
Green Flower Street
Godwhacker
Babylon Sisters
Green Earrings
Black Cow
Dirty Work (Lead vocals by the Danettes)
Bodhisattva
Keep That Same Old Feeling (Crusaders cover, with band introductions)
Peg
My Old School

Encore:
Reelin' in the Years
A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry (Outro)


Date: Sat, May 28, 2022, 21:59:23 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Gus, thanks for the report. Hope you and the Mrs.are doing well. Really enjoying these show updates.
Peace


Date: Sat, May 28, 2022, 13:35:32 ET
Posted by: Dave (from acquisitions) , Philadelphia

Someone just shared this on the Dan Facebook page, it was recorded November 2020 but I didn’t even know it existed, maybe it’s never been available to the public before? I really don’t know the backstory other than what is on the description. It’s a zoom conference for the Berklee bass department. I can’t think of another example of so many legends together in one conversation.
Bassists- Chuck Rainey, Anthony Jackson, Tom Barney, Freddie Washington. Drummers- Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie, Dennis Chambers, Keith Carlock. Plus the legendary Victor Wooten is there as well.

https://youtu.be/vuBO2cTcqCQ


Date: Sat, May 28, 2022, 12:57:33 ET
Posted by: hoops, C

For those unable to access the Twitter feed in the upper left corner of this page, the most current tweets feature David Crosby raving about last night show:

"What a night …..I LOVE the Puppy and Steely Dan is my all time favorite band …who by the way sounded fresh and exciting with a LOT of new arrangements played with their usual polish and CARLOCK ….who is one of the greatest drummers ever and ….damn Donald is a fine singer"

David Crosby follows up:

"Really ….if you ever loved the Dan …..go see them now ….they are absolutely killing it ….and with the Puppy opening ….oh my that’s two of the best bands I’ve ever heard in my life ….I would not miss it"


Date: Sat, May 28, 2022, 11:56:20 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

I just heard the entire first MH song. Killer!


Date: Sat, May 28, 2022, 11:50:43 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

Thanks for the report, Gus. You going to Atlanta by chance?

Also thanks to Hoops for the MH news. Great snippet!


Date: Sat, May 28, 2022, 05:31:09 ET
Posted by: Gus Winterbottom, Torrance, CA

Steely Dan at the Hollywood Bowl
5/27/2022
Setlist and Brief Report

INTRO: Phantom Raiders(based on other reports) ~8:45 PM

Night By Night
Hey 19
Black Friday
Aja
Kid Charlemagne
Home At Last
Green Flower Street
Time Out Of Mind
Babylon Sisters
Green Earring
FM
Dirty Work (Danettes rotating on vocals)
Bodhisattva
Keep That Same Old Feeling; Band Intros
Peg
My Old School

ENCORE: Reelin' In The Years

OUTRO: A Man Ain't Supposed To Cry ~10:40 PM


If there is any rust remaining from opening night, per Donald as reported by Mt. Belzoni, I couldn't hear it; the band is in its usual top form. Donald's vocals seemed strong as well. To answer an earlier question by The Dean, Adam Rogers did perform the closing solo on Bodhisattva, and did an excellent job IMHO. His other major contributions were on My Old School and Time Out of Mind. He and Jon shared the solo work on Aja, but strangely the guitars were very low in the mix for that number.

We were near the back of the venue, but the sound was still impressive from the house PA system. My only complaint was the decision to occasionally backlight the stage with floor-level spotlights pointed into the audience. This made it almost impossible to see anything onstage from where we sat.


Date: Sat, May 28, 2022, 00:10:14 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

New album from Monkey House coming July 15 on Alma Records! Nice!

Special guests include Randy Brecker, Michael Leonhart, Drew Zingg Lucy Woodward, David Blamires, Guido Basso and more.

Pre-order:

https://t.co/ujDaSFdOXP

First track:

https://youtu.be/2jg_qZgRNoQ


Date: Sat, May 28, 2022, 00:08:09 ET
Posted by: The Dean,

I am headed to the June 14th show in Atlanta. Never been to Chastain Park, but I hear it is a decent venue. 3rd row right center tickets.

Truth is, given the price, this is almost as much about seeing Snarky Puppy for the first time as it is for The Dan----almost.

I'll do my best to take some notes. I'll be with one of my best friends since Jr High, so no promises on my sobriety/note taking ability. But whatever, I will report!


Date: Fri, May 27, 2022, 09:45:01 ET
Posted by: moray eel, Pretty

For those who appreciate Bernard Purdie…

https://youtu.be/6uusF1iie88

m.e.


Date: Thurs, May 26, 2022, 11:10:44 ET
Posted by: 25 May, 2022, Concord, CA

Phantom Raiders

Night by Night
Hey Nineteen
Black Friday
Aja
Kid Charlemagne
Home at Last
Green Flower Street
Time Out of Mind
Babylon Sisters
The Goodbye Look
Don't Take Me Alive
Dirty Work
Bodhisattva
Keep That Same Old Feling
Peg My Old School

Reelin' In The Years

A Man Ain't Supposed To Cry


Date: Tues, May 24, 2022, 02:39:20 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Here's Zach on 2nd guitar. That first guitar is pretty good. ;)

https://youtu.be/mcEi0nlc4ao


Date: Tues, May 24, 2022, 02:25:45 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Dayum. No offense to SnarkyPuppy, but this should be the opening act for the Dan.

https://youtu.be/PjbWdBCdrQA


Date: Mon, May 23, 2022, 13:49:45 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

Chris, you may want to check that link. Unless Adam went to Widney High, I don't think that's what you meant to post.


Date: Sun, May 22, 2022, 23:06:20 ET
Posted by: chris, nh

found this video from Portland where Adam is soloing on Aja.
A little difficult to hear at times due to the mix and the fact that someone is loudly trying to figure out what a melodica is. But what's audible sounds really good. It's very cool to hear a distinctly different take from someone on his level.

https://youtu.be/m7MLo5DDmsw




Date: Sun, May 22, 2022, 21:23:18 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

Perhaps my memory is poor (I am an old drunk after all), but I recall Zach playing on very few songs. Now that you jogged my memory, I think I recall him playing a solo and liking it. But I can swear there was a distinct lack of a second guitar for the bulk of the concert.

In fact I believe I even posted here about the very thing after the show.


Date: Sun, May 22, 2022, 17:07:44 ET
Posted by: lol, lol

Nightflyers had a second guitarist. Zach Djanikian alternated between sax and second guitar.


Date: Sun, May 22, 2022, 13:51:14 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

Flipkid, the one thing the Nightflyers were missing was the second guitar, IMO. I enjoyed the show immensely, but the guitar interplay was definately missed.

Even when Walt wasn't in peak shape, he contributed excellent fills that helps give the music a bit more texture, IMO. And of course there are some Dan songs that virtually demand a dual guitar lead. Which leads me to ask this question to the great Mt Belzoni: Did Rogers play lead during Bodhisattva? How did he sound?


Date: Sun, May 22, 2022, 11:08:29 ET
Posted by: Flipkid, Blue State Redux

I saw the Dan's opening night of their truncated 2021 Autumn/Winter tour in October in Baltimore. Maybe it was the venue (the Hippodrome Theatre, built in 1914, rebuilt in 2004), but the sound was absolutely pristine; crystal clear mix with no one "in the background."

As for Adam Rogers' lack of solos: in October Connor Kennedy was the "second guitar;" he didn't get many solos either. But I don't think that's the primary purpose of a second guitarist for SD; so many Dan songs just NEED that second guitar, be it to carry the rhythm or add spice. Just one man's opinion.


Date: Sat, May 21, 2022, 23:33:22 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

Belzoni, thanks for the report!

I know I haven't seen as many SD shows as some here, but I've been to plenty. Never really remember the horn mix being an issue. I do find the guitars too lowly mixed in some shows, however. Not knowing the venue, I might suggest it could depend on where you are sitting. I know at the St Augustine Amphitheatre that can be a BIG issue.

Really looking forward to seeing them soon. And at this point I'm MUCH more excited to see/hear Snarky Puppy than I would be to see Winwood, no disrespect to Steve.


Date: Sat, May 21, 2022, 18:35:38 ET
Posted by: horns,

Thanks Mt Belzoni. I find the horns are usually way too low in the mix live. This is a darn shame, and whoever their sound mixer is and Donald should be ashamed for the lack of attention and care. Would expect that for a top 20 pop act, not Steely Dan.

Sounds like Adam Rogers did not get a ton of solo time other than Home at Last? Also a shame. Why bring him on otherwise?


Date: Sat, May 21, 2022, 16:50:08 ET
Posted by: Rou, US

I guess leaving concerts a couple songs early for Covid precautions is the new equivalent of leaving Dodger Stadium in the 7th inning to beat traffic.


Date: Sat, May 21, 2022, 13:43:40 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni, Portland OR

Major SPOILER ALERT! Opening night of the 2022 tour
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Had the good fortune to attend Steely Dan’s opening night here in Portland last night. I can report that they continue to sound as great as ever, even if Donald told us near the end that they were a bit rusty tonight.

Delighted to have scored 5th row tix when they went on sale in Jan. 2020 for the June 2, 2020 show, which then became the June 1, 2021 show, then lost Steve Winwood (best opening act they’ve ever had) and moved to tonight. We’ve been social distancing very, very cautiously, haven’t been to a concert, movie, etc. during the entire pandemic. Decide to go tonight only w/a bunch of precautions. Sold the 5th row seats (too crowded), bought new ones all the way above the far L side of the stage in a virtually empty section. No one within 30 feet of us most of the night.

Glad they started a tour in Portland again, Donald loves noting that one of their very first shows ever was in this building. Snarky Puppy (never heard their stuff before) was really quite good, and their horn section better miked. Once SP left the stage, Herrington came out below us, fully masked (the entire stage crew was masked too) plugged his guitar in to a computer setup, and spent the entire 25 min. before hitting the stage intensely playing stuff and watching closely whatever feedback the screen was showing him. Adam Rogers came out toward the end to join him. I always appreciate Herrington's professionalism and his ability to shift styles - I loved Zingg and Krantz's work too, but John is the keeper.

Here’s the set list:

1. Didn’t recognize the opening number, looking forward to someone identifying it down the road. But like most of their (uniformly great) previous openers, it is horn-heavy, and our biggest complaint about tonight’s sound is the mix really buried the horns.

2. Night by Night, with a nebulous, extended, maybe 90-second minor-tinged intro that left it unclear what they were leading up to. At one point I thought it might even be The Royal Scam.

3. Hey Nineteen, great take.

4. Black Friday

5. Aja - marvelous as always, Carlock is incredible each time I see him do this, wish I had a better sight line on him. Once I thought Steve Gadd owned this, now I think they can both lay claim to it.

6. Kid Charlemagne - the extended intro and outro version. Great as always, though Donald spoke a few of the lines more than sang them.

7. Home at Last - very nice, extended version. The song comes to what seems like its usual end, then the band picks up a much looser, quieter, jazzier instrumental interpretation of it (with Adam Rogers doing a nice job with his first solo of the night). This piece then seems to conclude again, but then cuts back to the original arrangement for another chorus. Very nice arrangement, looking forward to it on the Northwest Corridor CD they put out this year with more live cuts (released the same day as the Aja live CD).

8. Green Flower Street - glad to hear The Nightfly represented, good but not great performance, sound very muddy.

9 Time Out of Mind - I can’t think of another song they consistently perform as superbly as this one. Always a highlight. Great groove. Catherine Russell takes it to another level when she does that call-and-response part with Donald - should be longer. (Check out that great new album of hers - and her earlier ones too, you won’t be disappointed.)

10. Babylon Sisters - nice version, hadn’t heard this live in a long time.

11. Black Cow - glad to hear this one in person too.

12. Green Earrings - good performance

13. Dirty Work by the Danettes - all sounding great, Herrington’s 70s twangy guitar accompaniment a perfect fit. The crowd (not as lively as I hoped to this point) really liked this one.

11. Bodhisattva - excellent, wish the horns had sounded clearer

14. Keep That Same Old Feeling/ Band introductions - highlight was when Herrington introduced Donald at the end, he quoted (and imitated) the infamous Jerome Aniton’s “Misstah Steely Dan whatever” line.

15. Peg - nice version, horns too low

16. My Old School - always a perfect set closer

Encore
17. Reeling in the Years (left 3/4 way through so as to leave w/o the crowd for Covid safety, sorry. Not sure what came after.)

All told, a great evening and show. Not the best I’ve ever seen them (I’ve been to some of those Beacon shows, and their show w/Winwood in Utah years ago was off the charts), but a strong opening night. They continue to perform at the highest levels I've ever seen them, unlike other "legacy" acts these days. I was pleased that they didn’t fall back on the one-night-in-a-faraway-town-greatest-hits setlist that I’ve sometimes seen. No real rarities here (Portland did get one of the very few The Bear performances years ago during a tour opener), but some deeper tracks from their repertoire than usual, and fewer hits (no Josie, FM, Rikki, etc.). Nothing post 2000 (Things I Miss, Godwhacker, West of Hollywood) though. Hoping that things (Covid, our messed-up air travel chaos) improve enough to catch their next Beacon run!

Happy listening,
Mt. Belzoni


Date: Sat, May 21, 2022, 05:13:52 ET
Posted by: Set List, Portland, Oregon

Phantom Raiders
Night by Night
Hey 19
Black Friday
Aja
Kid Charlemagne
Home at Last
Green Flower Street
Time Out of Mind
Babylon Sisters
Green Earrings
Black Cow
Dirty Work
Bodhisattva
Keep That Same Old Feeling
Peg
My Old School

Reelin' in the Years
A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry


Date: Sat, May 21, 2022, 03:56:53 ET
Posted by: Turn up, The Steagles

This could work for DF and Henley.

https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTdtxhAwc/


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

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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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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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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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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

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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.

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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

The Dandom Digest has been on hiatus for the past four months or so because of a techical difficulty. However, I believe that problem is now fixed. Look for a new Dandom Digest in your email inbox in the next few days. Among the highlights will be an overview of new music from Steely Dan Orchestra members and alumns, as well as a recap of news highlights. If you don't already subscribe or if you have items you would like included, please email me at jjmckay AT me DOT com. The Dandom Digest goes out to something like 1,700 hardcore SD fans. Heartfelt thanks for your support as the Dandom Digest is about to begin its 30th year.

http://www.dandom.com/dandomdigest/


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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