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Andrew Hadro: "It seems to me that everybody just puts out an album, they go through the motions, spend the money and they just sort of throw it out there into the sea of CDs and hope something comes back" - (DownBeat June 2018).

Jonnathan Blake (Blindfold Test): “Maybe it's someone from New Orleans who has lived in New York for a minute.” (DownBeat June 2018).

Today Tuesday May 22

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Safe Sextet with Debra Milne - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Walter Becker dies age 67

(By Russell)
The death has been announced of Steely Dan guitarist Walter Becker. Becker and Donald Fagen met at college in New York. A move to California marked the beginning of their hugely successful songwriting partnership. Their first album Can't Buy a Thrill (1972) yielded Reelin' in the Years.* 1974's Pretzel Logic produced their biggest hit Rikki Don't Lose That Number and the jazz-influenced duo recruited Wayne Shorter to play on Aja (1977). Becker and Fagen didn't care much for touring and over the years they employed numerous top flight session musicians to record and play occasional concert dates.
Upwards of 40 million album sales must have steered some listeners to the dark side..the jazz world. Donald Fagen said of his Steely Dan co-founder: '...smart as a whip, an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter.'  On medical advice, Becker was advised to pull out of concert dates this summer. Walter Becker died September 3.
* The guitar solo on Reelin' in the Years wasn't Becker's, it was played by Elliott Randall.    
Russell

2 comments :

Lance said...

So sad. I was a late comer to Steely Dan although I knew Dave Weisser was a fan and Paul Edis, way back, selected a Donald Fagin track as one of his all time faves. I decided they must have something and I went along to see Nearly Dan at Sage Gateshead. This was back in 2011 and I was knocked out. If a tribute band is this good, I thought, what's the real thing going to be like?!
I found out and I wasn't disappointed.
What now? I wonder... RIP Walter Becker, I realise you were something special...

maestra88 said...

I will forever be longing to hear Walters guitar licks. RIP Walter Becker. You are Alright now.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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