August 1, 2009 – 4:30 am

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Umbria Jazz Festival 2009 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Arena Santa Guiliana, Umbria Jazz Festival, Perugia, Italy, July 11, 2009. Very good audience recording.

For any pop/rock fan wanting to get into jazz, a good entry point would be Steely Dan’s Aja and Gaucho albums. These albums are rhythmic and melodic with a pop sensibility that doesn’t alienate yet pack enough of a swing that invites the novice jazz listener to explore further. The other entry point is by way of Pat Metheny, especially those early ECM albums.

While Metheny’s Offramp album may be a fan favourite (one can only imagine how many babies were made to the tune of Are You Going With Me?), Song X brings the listener way out there. No such drastic diversions await the Steely Dan listener.

But because of their rock beginnings, there are those who longed for a more rocking set, and the (trad) jazzy intro, which seems to open their sets this current tour, might raise a couple of eyebrows. So the rock-ish Bodhisattva might calm a few frazzled nerves but by and large, this is the sound of Steely Dan circa Aja and Gaucho (right down to the female back-up singers) - pop/rock with a definite swing and quiet storm jazz that challenges those whose idea of jazz is laidback, drive-time jazz.

It’s not as adventurous as the July 22 set in Boston (playing in full both the Aja and Royal Scam albums) though most of the fan favourites are here - Reelin’, Time Out Of Mind, Hey Nineteen, Babylon Sisters, Aja, Peg and Kid Charlemagne. Would have been great if they had included Do It Again (they did a standout version in Brussels), FM, Deacon Blues or even Rikki Don’t Lose That Number.

For those of us who caught on to Steely Dan long after they’ve made Gaucho and wondered what it’s like to see that band live, well, it’s better late than never.

Thanks to Boguspomp who recorded and shared the tracks on the internet.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Teenie’s Blues (8.7MB)
Track 102. Reelin’ In The Years (New Arrangement) (9.6MB)
Track 103. Time Out Of Mind (8.2MB)
Track 104. Bodhisattva (7.0MB)
Track 105. Welcome From Donald Fagen (830k)
Track 106. I Got The News (7.1MB)
Track 107. Show Biz Kids (9.6MB)
Track 108. Black Friday (6.3MB)
Track 109. Home At Last (9.9MB)
Track 110. Bad Sneakers (5.0MB)
Track 111. Two Against Nature (9.5MB)
Track 112. Hey Nineteen (10.2MB)
Track 113. Aja (12.6MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Parkers Band (4.0MB)
Track 202. Babylon Sisters (9.2MB)
Track 203. Daddy Don’t Live In NYC No More (5.2MB)
Track 204. Green Earrings (8.2MB)
Track 205. Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart (Intros) (6.4MB)
Track 206. Peg (6.0MB)
Track 207. My Old School (8.5MB)
Track 208. Audience (2.5MB)
Track 209. Kid Charlemagne (7.2MB)
Track 210. Last Tango In Paris (2.8MB)

Tawatha Agee - backing vocals
Jim Beard - keyboards
Keith Carlock - drums
Jon Herington - guitar
Janice Pendarvis - backing vocals
Jim Pugh - trombone
Roger Rosenberg - britone saxophone
Catherine Russell - backing vocals
Marvin Stamm - trumpet
Freddie Washington - bass
Walt Weiskopf - saxophone
Walter Becker - guitar
Donald Fagen - vocals, keyboards

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  1. 8 Responses to “STEELY DAN - UMBRIA JAZZ FESTIVAL 2009”

  2. Thank You for both the recent Steely Dan postings. Much appreciated. I’ve been listening and buying their music since 1973. Always worth more than a few plays.

    By Dennis on Aug 1, 2009

  3. Great to hear the Dan in 2009. Thanks for posting this and the earlier show from Boston.

    By jb on Aug 3, 2009

  4. Next time you are in Northern CA. I owe you one!

    You just made my week!

    ☻/ Mÿche
    / \

    By Dr. Myche on Aug 4, 2009

  5. Thanks for the recent Steely Dan. Always appreciated. Boston is great. But what a horrible arrangement of Reelin’in the years here. Yeuk!

    By Big Trev on Aug 5, 2009

  6. Many thanks…again!!

    By Kevin on Aug 8, 2009

  7. Hey Big-O, once upon a time (before I found your great website) you posted a great looking disc by Steely Dan titled “The Gaucho Outtakes.” Is there any chance you could post it again sometime. Thanks for all the great music!

    By Zennews on Oct 29, 2011

  8. Hi!
    Great job! Thanks a lot!
    Please, can you upload Track 207 My Old School (8.5MB, ’cause link is no more valid?

    By yegor on Mar 11, 2015

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