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Everything You Did: The Music of Walter Becker [Import]

Mark Ensemble Masters Audio CD

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reinterpretations 20 Nov 2013
By M. Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful interpretations of Steely Dan tunes by outstanding jazz musicians. Perhaps not for all Steely Dan fans, as the music is at a level of sophistication not accessible to everyone, but I love it, and given a bit of time should win any fan of Becker and Fagan's music over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blown Away! 9 Aug 2013
By rich tarr - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow!, I am a big fan of the Aja, the Steely Dan classic album, so when I heard the Mark Masters Ensemble's take on Do It Again on a local jazz radio program I was blown away. I immediately signed on to Amazon and ordered the CD. Now I am a jazz fan but was not familiar with The Mark Masters Ensemble therefore, my expectations were low, however, I did really like Do It Again. THIS CD HAS NOT LEFT THE PLAYER SINCE I PURCHASed IT. This just flows from start to finish and the arrangements are just incredible! Great job guys!.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Commits the greatest sin: lacks verve, bounce 17 Aug 2013
By J. Koerner - Published on Amazon.com
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I am not a Becker/Fagen purest: I believe most of their songs to be classics deserving of reinterpretation by a wide variety of artists. While not strictly speaking a B/F song [although I consider Fagen has the same relationship to the music of Steely Dan as Paul Simon s to the music of Simon and Garfunkel], Walking Between the Raindrops has been covered by more than 13 artists, including Mel Torme, so it had a place in the great American Songbook. Smashmouth did a very nice job on Do It Again, and Climate Control did a big band version of Chain Lightening.

One problem here is that the songs have been reinterpreted to such an extent that they are barely recognizable. I had to go back and listen to the original recording of Kings, which I haven't listened to in years and it serves to remind me what a great debut album Can't Buy a Thrill is. And you have to listen hard to Aja to hear the refrain buried deep within the charts] No, the problem is tempo. Returning to Kings, the original had real bounce. This is languid to the point of falling asleep. And listen to what they did with Bodhisattva, the most uptempo of all the original B/F oeuvre: it just lopes along. While it's more uptempo than most of the rest of the album, that's damning with faint praise.

Listen to the samples, and if you find something that appeals to you buy it. Frankly, I don't even know why I bought the CD when the mpgs are so much cheaper. But as a whole, the album does not represent Steely Dan's work. And go back and listen to the originals: they've stood the test of time.
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