Cinematic music. It lingered since yesterday. And the video on Camila Meza’s page is deserving of many more views. So here it is. Today we’re looking a little closer into who did what, and so we find it’s not the least of names that are among the musicians she recorded this album with. They sure created a nice flow together:
Camila Meza – voice, electric & acoustic guitar; Shai Maestro – piano, Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Mellotron, pump organ, ampli-celeste;
Matt Penman – bass ; Kendrick Scott – drums; Bashiri Johnson – percussion; Jody Redhage – cello; Sachal – voice http://sunnysidezone.com/album/traces
We have a soft spot for Steely Dan covers. They’re not just a testimony to excellent songwriting and a way to shape our own musical palette if we enjoy playing an instrument with friends and family for the fun of it, they also offer hope in darker times, when in doubt whether young generations can appreciate or recognize quality when they see and hear it. Our friend at the Steely Dan Covers page posted a brilliant rendition of Don’t Take Me Alive from the Royal Scam album, which can be seen as a perfect hybrid mix of rock, jazz, funk and quirky, setting the tone for Steely Dan’s electrifying energy and off the beaten track tenure. Thank you, Ethan Bill, for this gem!
The omnipotent search engine which often seems like a time machine in disguise, took us to Canada and introduced us to Project Pablo and more specific, the album I Want To Believe, a 2015 brainchild of first-Vancouver-but-now-Montreal based DJ Patrick Holland.
“Holland was inspired by “ultra-real types of smoothness” a la George Benson, Sade, and Steely Dan’s Aja when making this record. Those artists are often pigeonholed as cheesy and trite but there’s a sincerity to them that makes listeners vulnerable and engage with their music wholeheartedly. So be it the confidence that you’ve found a new, bigger love on Benson’s “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You”, a picture of love as a support system and everlasting friendship in Sade’s “By Your Side”, or trying to overcome disenchantment with the world in Steely Dan’s “Deacon Blues”.” Click image and/or links and let it all in.
We seem to frequently find reason to be festive these days, so we’ll just go with the flow and reel it all in. There is yet another birthday celebration we’d like to share with you here in our Mizar6 universe. There’s nobody like this major dude and his amazingly productive versatility, so let’s hear it for John Tabacco!
>>>HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!<<<
An article about FZ, written by John, has recently been published on Classic Rock History. And beyond a doubt he is renowned in certain cercles de connaisseurs for his passionate adoption of Steely Dan orphans, of which we’ll post a catchy tune we hadn’t heard in a long, long, long, long, long, long time. Here’s to you, John!
Hey guys, if I’d say it’s been a while, that would be the understatement of the year. And the reason we’re back here isn’t because we stumbled upon something new… nope. We stumbled upon some good stuff turned into great stuff. Found it via our Canadian friend Blazer Rouge, Red Blazer 😉
So, let’s not dilly-dally and get into this: Enjoy!
For Steely Dan fans it has been a blast so far. This year’s tour is different compared to the ones before. Different setlists. Input of the fans. Tunes they said they would not play finally showing up on setlists. Surprising guest musicians like Elliott Randall and… Larry Carlton.
Royal Scam has been my first Steely Dan album. And as such it remains my favorite. Here’s a gorgeous photo album of the New York concert last week, the Royal Scam album featuring Larry Carlton. Thanks to Randy Reichardt for maintaining his Steely fever in such a great fashion!