September 24, 2013 |
Walter Becker and Donald Fagen bonded as diehard jazz fans at Bard College in the late '60s, and, judging by their two-hour set at the Mann Center on Saturday night, the pair at the core of Steely Dan remain aficionados nearly 50 years later. Their eight-piece backing band, dubbed "the Bipolar All-Stars" for the band's current Mood Swings tour, bookended the show with big-band renditions of Gerry Mulligan's "Blueport" and Nelson Riddle's TV theme from The Untouchables . Throughout the evening, the band's four horn players, all active jazz and studio musicians, were given ample time in the spotlight to flex their virtuosity in the midst of the band's jazz-laced hits.
May 11, 2012 |
Rob Morsberger is one of the best rock/pop singer/songwriters you've never heard on recordings or seen in concert. There is still time to make amends, but urgency is suggested, as the guy is "living with an illness that could rapidly derail me at any time," he acknowledges with admirable nonchalance. This weekend, Morsberger performs two shows in the area — Friday night at Kennett Flash in Kennett Square and Saturday at Psalm Salon in Overbrook Hills, where talent booker Jamey Reilly calls him "an artist we love.
January 17, 2012 |
WILMINGTON - The division between ancient and current music sometimes barely exists: Those involved with speculative resurrection of centuries-old sound need not work that much differently to bring new music into being. So nobody should be surprised that the small, Wilmington-based chamber-music group Mélomanie had no audible problems mixing ultra-polite Telemann with Variations on a Theme by Steely Dan by Mark Hagerty, performed Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church here (repeated Sunday at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill)
August 30, 2010 |
If you are Cy Waits , bf of hotel inheritress Paris Hilton , your head must be spinning. And not just from the booze. Fast-backward to Tuesday. Paris' crib in L.A. Noises! You rush outside and hold a gun on alleged burglar Nathan Parada until police come. Hero! Wednesday, you're promoted to head of nightclub ops for Wynn and Hilton ! Hray! But Friday, in Las Vegas, mwa mwa mwa mwa (fail trombone), you're driving with your lady in the car and - busted! You are, for DUI. Paris?
November 12, 2009 |
Could Steely Dan have grown a heart? The group's "Rent Party" tour slouches into the Tower Theater Nov. 19 and 20. It's an audience-oriented affair: The band performs entire albums (the sainted Aja on the 19th and the scarcely less-celebrated Royal Scam the next night) and takes requests. What? Whole albums? Requests? What have you guys done with my Steely Dan? Walter Becker, one of the two fellows (the other being Donald Fagen) at the heart of this floating jazz-pop orchestra, says it's not that big a change.
October 11, 2009 |
On each of the four nights that Bruce Springsteen plays the Spectrum over the next two weeks, he and the E Street Band will uncork one of his landmark albums from start to finish. On Tuesday, it'll be Born to Run, the 1975 opus that landed the Boss on simultaneous covers of Time and Newsweek. On Wednesday, he'll do Darkness on the Edge of Town, the 1978 guitar-driven salvo whose shouted exhortations have been cathartic kick-starters at Springsteen shows for 30 years. He'll reprise Born to Run on Oct. 19, and the next night he'll punctuate his final Spectrum show with Born in the U.S.A.
August 10, 2009 |
In some cities on this summer tour, Steely Dan is reproducing some of its classic albums, like Aja, Gaucho, and Royal Scam, in their entirety. Other stops are all-request nights, with fans predetermining the content online. Atlantic City got none of that Saturday night. Hey, what are we? Minced clams? So this was an unadorned outing for the venerable rock band. But the capacity crowd at the Borgata Event Center didn't seem at all disappointed by the Dan's 90-minute hopscotch through what front man Donald Fagen ironically termed "our illustrious career.
November 24, 2008 |
Everyone treats "neo-soul" like a dirty word. Shame, that. Sure, the genre had funny hats and too many Fender Rhodes piano interludes (I'm looking at you, Jamiroquai). But the Drambuie-soaked ambience of R&B's simmering heat, hip-hop's rhythmic cool, jazz's gymnastic breeziness and their combined attitudes made the world safe for geniuses of modern soul such as Raphael Saadiq, Cee-Lo Green and Maxwell. Maxwell is the 35-year-old crooner/composer who between 1996 and 2001 released three cinematic classics of neo-soul, then dropped out for a while after that.
June 30, 2008 |
Steely Dan had no real agenda to push Saturday at Camden's Susquehanna Bank Center, which didn't stop the two-hour set from offering breezy entertainment on a muggy night, suitably showcasing some of the band's more reggae-tinged tunes among its clever jazz-pop fare. Such included the opening vocal number, "The Royal Scam," title track of the 1976 album it repeatedly dipped into. (In performance, that record's "Everything You Did" and "Babylon Sisters," especially, got the Jamaican lilt.
October 22, 2007 |
"Nothing succeeds like success" may well be a cliche, but that doesn't make it any less true, especially in the hip-hop world, where sales is artistry. And that's pretty much how things went down Friday night at the Wachovia Center when radio station Power 99 hosted Powerhouse 2007, a nearly six-hour revue-style parade of major hip-hop artists - some on their way up, others on their way back down. Kanye West, currently the king of the hip-hop hill, headlined with great artistic pomp and circumstance, while 50-Cent was relegated to an unannounced midshow cameo.