did three appearances of which the first one on the Totally 70's channel
on February 7. I haven't got the whole show, but Carsten in Denmark who
was kind enough to send me what he recorded says that it was like the
stuff I got to hear; the DJ of the show; Magic Matt and Donald
Fagen exchanging a few jokes and lighthearted banter inbetween a selection
of 70's music that I doubt Donald helped pick.
few Steely Dan songs in the mix, but it felt like Matt and
Donald had met upp to joke around for an hour or so with the result
being cut up into one minute or less slices that was sprinkled over the
three hour show. Roughly four minutes an hour.
a couple of exchanges to give you a feel of what was being said:
Matt:(singing as Pretzel Logic fades) the man gave me the news, he said
you must be joking son, where did you get those shoes... Donald: (deadpan) Now, it sounds like you need a little
diaphragm work on that singing, you know, maybe a few lessons, you could,
you know enroll like somewhere, get a few lessons...
: : :
Anywhere in the world that you have not performed with Mister Becker or
solo that you would love to get onstage? Donald:(Laughing) You got me on that one. Matt: What do I win? Donald: I don't think I'd like to go to the Congo right now. Maybe
someday, but ... I'd like to steer clear of the Congo right now. Or Zaire
as they used to call it.
: : :
Rikki Don't Lose That Number ... Mr. Fagen ... Mr. Donald Fagen, you know,
Steely Dan... Donald: You're not going to ask that question are you? Matt: Yes I am! Donald:(amused) No, no ... you're not Matt: You mean the one, the Song For My Father. No I'm not
asking that question. Donald: Oh, good.
: : :
(singing) "Put a dollar in the kitty, don't the moon look pretty"
.... that is one of my favourite songs of all time. Donald: I like that song too. I like that one too I have to say.
Matt: Love that. Just from beginning to end if there was ever a
more perfect song,you name it. Time Out Of Mind is, I think, up
there in the top four best songs of all time. Donald: We do that one live too. Matt: Let me pull my head out of your butt now...
: : :
What's your favorite part of a chicken? Or, first of all; do you eat chicken
Mr Fagen? Donald: Here we go; more of the gay subtext, you know ... I don't
know...what's happening here? I ... excuse me, did I walk into the right
room here or... Matt: First of all Mr Fagen I'm not gay although there's nothing
wrong w... Donald: Not yet! Not yet! Matt: No, not even close to gay I must tell ya. Donald: That's what they all say... Matt: Second of all... Donald: You
know... Matt: I wasn' aware that was some sort of gay subtext... Donald: ...You know, that's what Tom Cruise says every day
when he wakes up in the morning, you know. Matt: Ouch!
second was Radio Margaritaville on February 13 and repeated four
days later on the 17.
was just Donald and the music. I don't know in what order these three
shows were recorded, but apart from the two latter shows being the more
serious ones, these are also the shows were you get a bit more of Donald
talks a bit about the songs and the artists during this hour of calypso,
reggae and assorted other flavors of sounds meant to get you thinking
about sun, sand and a good time.
Perez Prado & His Orchestra - Mambo #8
Donald says hi
and that Prez moved from Cuba to Mexico in 1948 and that he had
one of the tightest bands. That the grunt he was famous for actually
was a word meaning "say it" in Spanish.
Perez Prado - Patricia
3. The Slickers - Johnny Too Bad
featured on the album The Harder They Come, the soundtrack for
the movie of the same name. He saw that when it came out.
Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band - Hard Times
5. Dionne Warwick - Land Of Make Believe
song by Burt Bacharach." "He used to tour with Marlene Dietrich. Sounds
like a pretty good gig".
Regarding the next song: "All the folkies back then used to have
Mbuti Pygmies - Molimo Fire Dance Song
7. Elis Regina & Antonio Carlos Jobim - So Tinha De Ser Com Voce
says Elis Regina was a fantastic Brazilian singer. "I heartily
recommend that album; Elis and Tom, Elis unfortunately succumbed to
a O.D. Alchohol ... tranquelizers ... that sort of thing... She was
not a happy girl".
Regarding Machito: "He had the first really fantastic afro-cuban
orchestra. Dizzy Gillespie, of course, was hevily influenced by Machito".
Machito - Donde Estaabus Tu
9. Stan Kenton - Maria
10. Herbie Mann - Comin' Home Baby
11. Tito Rodriguez - Liza
12. Cal Tjader - Soul Sauce (Guachi Guaro)
13. Esquivel - Miniskirt
14. Cal Tjader - Afro Blue
Mongo Santamaria's composition. That was the original. You might
be familiar with John Coltrane's version. Speaking of the early
60's; if you've ever seen the original film of Vladimir Nabokov's
Lolita you might know this tune:
Nelson Riddle - Lolita Ya-Ya
16. The Mighty Terror - TV Calypso
actual occasion for my being here today is to plug my new box set which
is called Nightlfy Trilogy. It's got all my albums in there, which means
three. Plus there's some bonus material in there. If you're inclined
to listen to something like that you can go down and buy it ... if there
were any record stores ... which there hardly are anymore, so... you
might try it online. If that doesn't work I have nothing else to say
Lolita Flores - Vete De Mi
third and final on Pure Jazz February 16.
starts off by saying that he's been a jazz fan since he was 10 or 11
years old. That would put it about 1958 or so. He used to go down to
the E J Korvette's store and buy jazz records. Then as he got
older he 'd go in to New York and go to the Dayton record store on 8
street and buy jazz records. They cost about $4.50 which was just about
the total of his allowance in those days.
cousins would to take dim to jazz clubs like The Vanguard and
The Five Spot. He even to Birdland once and saw Count
Basie. And Max Gordon at The Vanguard used to let
Donald in the club even though minors weren't allowed. He sat
him next to Danny Richman's drums. The vibrations would vibrate
his coke towards the end of the table and just before it fell over he
moved the coke back to the middle of the table.
I have at least some credentials as a fan".
Cannonball Adderley - Toy
when he and Walter saw Gene Ammons in Chicago in the 70's
during a Steely Dan tour.
was very, very cold. Gets very cold in Chicago when the wind comes whipping
over the lake".
down to Rush Street looking for something to do on an off night.
there, in this nasty little club we saw the name Gene Ammons. And that
night he was playing with Lock-jaw Davies. We walked in, and there was
a junkie occupying one of the tables and the other tables were empty.
And we had a fine time that night".
Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt - There Is No Greater Love
3. Miles Davis - It Could Happen To You
Garland was an influence on Donald. The first jazz record
he bought was Soul Junction. He heard the piano player on Mort
Fega's radio show and asked his parents if they would buy him the
record. Mom did.
was the beginning of the end for me. And I went into another reality,
which I'm still trapped in, I'm afraid." He tried to cop Red's
licks and play them on the piano.
Red Garland - Birk's Works
thinks Dizzy's a great singer. Perhaps not technically. There's
a flat note or two, but he'd much rather hear Dizzy than Tony
Bennett or Frank Sinatra. There's real soul in Dizzy's
vocals and you can tell he really means it when he sings the lyrics.
Dizzy Gillespie - Dizzy's Business
6. Dizzy Gillespie - On The Sunny Side Of The Street
7. Dizzy Gillespie - Something In Your Smile
lot of people haver brought up the fact that the introduction sounds
a bit like the intro to Song For My Father by Horace Silver.
Actually it was not intentional. We had a brazilian bass line written
out, pretty much a standard brazilian bass line. And when the drummer
on the day, Jim Gordon, heard the bassline he, I guess, thought
of Song For My Father and started playing the drum part. And, frankly,
if I had caught that I would have asked him to play something else,
but I didn't .... so there it is; the very similar introduction".
Horace Silver -Song For My Father
9. Coleman Hawkins - Swingin' Skotch
how he saw Coleman Hawkins at The Vanguard in the early
60's. He was opening for Mingus who came on and decided to do
one of his rants on record companies. Something that shocked the 13
year old Donald. Coming in from the Jersey suburbs and seeing Mingus
do this routine was a real life lesson. And Mingus accused Hawkins-
who by now was drinking at the bar - to be an Uncle Tom and so on.
Most of the other suburbanites who had come in and were drinking their
Manhattans weren't all that entertained, but Donald was. It went along
with the whole jazz experience for him. But Coleman Hawkins was
laughing. He had heard this many times before.
was really quite a scene".
Charles Mingus - Slop
both he and Walter are fans of Gerry Mulligan, and that
the only time he met Gerry was when Donald was going with
a female journalist who were doing a piece on tenor player Warren
Marsh. She went up and asked Gerry if he had something to
say about Warren. Gerry was drunk at the end of the show
and laughed her off. Which is consistent with stories Donald's
heard about Gerry.
wasn't, you know, the universally most loved person in the world".