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Black Cow
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Plenty of melody and emotion to hang your hat on in this tune. I opt for a nice clean 'American' sound to get my Ovation Breadwinner over. Another from the Aja album. The Steelys are nothing, if not commercial. "Black Cow" was written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, the co-front, core members of the band Steely Dan. It was released as the B-side of the single version of "Josie," which reached #26 on the US Hot 100. Two other singles released from the same album charted even better. Note the deceptively simple disco-era instrumental starting out with a bass line and drums, then sneaking in layers of complexity with saxophone accompaniment and an electric piano solo. Steely Dan made a name for themselves for having highly polished productions.
Becker Fagen / jazz pop rock ©2015
Reelin' In The Years
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Michael Herndon (Moody Mo) and I have already done one version of this so we thought why not do an acoustic version too! This time I sing vocals on the verse and Michael does those cool harmonies on the chorus. Steely Dan Trivia... This song is about recalling times with a girlfriend and a romantic breakup. It's one of the most popular Steely Dan songs, but also one of their least favorite. In Rolling Stone, September 17, 2009, Donald Fagan said, "It's dumb but effective." Walter Becker added, "It's no fun."
Becker Fagen / jazz pop rock ©2016
No Hangups!
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This is another one of my original tracks. I like the muted guitar line that hold it together. It also features my first ever bass guitar solo!
Benny Sutton / jazz funk ©2015
Nearly Dan
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Original track featuring Benny Sutton (guitars) and Michael Herndon (drums). You can guess from the name I was in Steely Dan mode when I created this!
Benny Sutton / Smooth Jazz ©2014
Thriller
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Here's my unplugged version of the classic Michael Jackson track from the Bad album. Written by Glen Ballard and Siedah Garrett
Michael Jackson / Smooth Jazz ©2015
My Old School
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The great track off the Pretzel Logic album
Becker Fagen / jazz pop rock ©2015
Alone together
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Miles Davis did this tune on his Blue Moods album (1955), released on Charles Mingus' Debut Records label. It brings Davis together with Mingus on bass, trombonist Britt Woodman, vibraphonist Teddy Charles, and drummer Elvin Jones. The arrangement of "Alone Together" is by Mingus, while the other tracks were arranged by Charles. "Alone Together" was composed by Arthur Schwartz with lyrics by Howard Dietz. It was introduced in the Broadway musical Flying Colors in 1932 by Jean Sargent. The song soon became a hit, with Leo Reisman and His Orchestra's 1932 recording being the first to reach the charts. It is the most popular of Schwartz and Dietz's collaborations and has become a jazz standard.
Arthur Schwartz / jazz ©2016
Maputo
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I fell in love with this track way back in the '80s when it first came out. I was on a scuba diving holiday in Bermuda when I bought the 'Double Vision' album (on tape cassette) in a music store in the capital, Hamilton - so it always invokes some great memories. Don't you just love the way music can transport you back in time. Double Vision is a 1986 collaboration by Bob James and David Sanborn. The album was a successful smooth jazz release receiving frequent airplay. The track Maputo (a town in Mozambique) was written by Marcus Miller. Look who was on that original album. Only me playing all instruments on my version Bob James: keyboards, synthesizers David Sanborn: saxophone Marcus Miller: bass Steve Gadd: drums Paul Milton Jackson, Jr.: guitar Paulinho Da Costa: percussion
Marcus Miller / jazz ©2016
Between The Sheets
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This is my smooth jazz guitar version of the great Isley Brothers song. It's done more in the style of Fourplay who covered it famously. I play High Bass, lead guitar, and piano solo on this.
Isley Bros / R&B ©2014
Bulan di Asia
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An original track by the immensely talented Devian Zikri. I don't get to do 3/4 often and appreciate the possibilities when I do. It made for a nice solo on high bass.
Indra Lesmana / jazz ©2015