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Best Steely Dan bass performances: Steely Dan Sunday

Best Steely Dan bass performances: Steely Dan Sunday

Here are Steely Dan’s five best bass performances, selected in tandem by our panel of Steely Dan authorities.

Mort Weiss: Paul Whiteman's TV show, and spending New Year's Eve with Ella Fitzgerald

I was quite active in the early days of live television, most of which was shot in Hollywood, California. Sometime in the latter part of 1951, I got a call from the director and producer of many teen-oriented TV shows.

Gimme Five: Say what?!? Jazz music's most surprising albums

“Jazz is the sound of surprise.” — jazz critic Whitney Balliett, 1926-2007

Steely Dan Sunday, "Razor Boy" (1973)

> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Walter Becker once called himself as a “B+” guitarist. I’m not entirely sure about that, but as a bassist, I’d rate him at least an A minus. Nonetheless, Becker had a history of making way for another bassist to play on a Steely Dan tune if he thought if that person was theRead More

Half Notes: Lester Young and Teddy Wilson – Pres and Teddy (1956)

What was cool about Lester Young was that he kept evolving. All “Pres” did was: — Pave the way for bebop in the 1930s. — Presuppose, while playing clarinet with Basie back in the day, the cool California sound of Paul Desmond in Dave Brubeck’s 1960s band. — Later find his own endless vista of late-period thoughtfulness in the 1950s.Read More

Half Notes: Count Basie – Kansas City 3: For the Second Time (1975)

Those looking to get a groove going inside Count Basie’s sprawling, soul-deep catalogue should start with his 1970s stuff — where, more often than not, you find Basie in accessible, small-group settings. Here’s my favorite, a trio recording originally issued by Pablo that was reissued in 2006. I immediately connected with a session that also features bassist Ray Brown andRead More

Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson – Ella and Oscar (1975, reissue)

Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson – Ella and Oscar (1975, reissue)

by Nick DeRiso Though not the hoped-for third-act triumph, Ella and Oscar still has its enduring charms. See, Oscar Peterson, a hard-banging piano genius as bluesy as he was inventive, should have made the perfect foil for Ella Fitzgerald on this stripped-down date, set for reissue on March 15 by Concord. It seems that too much time, however, had passedRead More

Gimme Five: Say what?!? Jazz’s most surprising albums

“Jazz is the sound of surprise”–jazz critic Whitney Balliett, 1926-2007 Sometimes you think you know a musician and his tendencies, or that he’s always played the kind of music you’ve known him to play. Over the course of pursuing my curiosity about certain artists, I’ve stumbled upon some rather peculiar recordings that went totally against my preconceptions of the artistRead More

Half Notes: Ray Brown with Oscar Peterson and Milt Jackson – The Very Tall Band (1999)

by Nick DeRiso Ray Brown is one of those underrated guys who kept on producing important work well past his so-called prime, because he remained such an in-the-pocket guy. You can’t go wrong with the old Jazz at the Philharmonic stuff, of course. But I also typically recommend his late-period work on Telarc, as well. Ray Brown first appeared onRead More

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