Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Everything You Did - the Music of Walter Becker & Donald Fagen (Steely Dan)

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Everything You Did - the Music of Walter Becker & Donald Fagen (Steely Dan)

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Mark Masters Ensemble

Everything You Did - The Music of Walter Becker & Donald Fagen (Steely Dan)

Capri Records 74123-2 [CD]

Ensemble: Louis Fasman, Less Lovitt, Tim Hagans (tp) Les Benedict, Dave Ryan, Ryan Dragon (tb) Stephanie O'Keefe (fr-hn) Billy Harper (ts) Don Shelton (as, ss, alto-fl) John Mitchell (ts, bassoon) Gene Cipriano (ts, eng-hn) Brian Williams (b-cl) Gary Smulyan (bs) Brad Dutz (vbs, perc) Hamilton Price (b) Peter Erskine (d) Anna Mjoll (vcl) Mark Masters (ldr, arr) with guest musicians: Oliver Lake (as-1) Sonny Simmons (eng-hn-2) Gary Foster (as-3) Dave Woodley (tb-4). Pasadena, CA, April 27, 2012

Show Biz Kids/Bodhisattva/Do It Again (2)/Charlie Freak/Black Cow/ Josie/Fire In The Hole (3)/Kings/Aja (4) Chain Lightening (1). TT 72:28

Mark Masters (b. 1957), called "one of the great jazz arrangers of the 20th and 21st century by All Music Guide." is founder and president of the American Jazz Institute, a non-profit that promotes creativity in music, particularly big band jazz. An admirer of Kenton's sound, Mark acquired his academic credentials, played trumpet for years, even cutting two albums of small group jazz and taught daily at Claremont McKenna College near Los Angeles before turning full time to arranging under the umbrella of the Institute. Over the last twenty years, Masters has released eleven concept recordings, all on Capri, that draw critical acclaim, including The Clifford Brown Project. Porgy and Bess: Redefined. Wish Me Well: Reflections on Gary McFarland and Ellington Saxophone Encounters.

His three leading soloists are Tim Hagans (tp), Billy Harper (ts) and Gary Smulyan (bs). Hagans was nominated for three Grammy's and records with his own Quartet - latest album is The Moon Is Waiting (Palmetto 2011). Harper, influenced by Coltrane, has played with Art Blakey, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Gil Evans and Max Roach - he's recorded twelve albums. Smulyan is out of New York, was once with Woody Herman and has his own trio as well as plays with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He's consistently rated the #1 baritone player in DownBeat polls. "He's considered the standard bearer of his generation for the baritone saxophone." (Wikipedia)

This album features the music of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, the leaders of the rock entity Steely Dan, a group that incorporated jazz bits and pieces in their work (Wayne Shorter and Phil Woods made appearances). …

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