Steely Dan in Boca Raton

Steely Dan performed at the Mizner Ampitheater Saturday evening (6/13/09) to an almost sold out audience. With a full horn section (baritone, tenor, trumpet and trombone), 3 back up singers, an additional keyboard and guitarist, Messrs. Fagen and Becker gave a solid performance. With 9 strong studio releases and solo work to choose from, they selected material from most of those recordings as well as a few songs from their solo work. They demonstrated why they are pretty much the only people who do what they do – write melodic, lyrically interesting, rhythmically complex, sophisticated popular music. They were in command of the material and made their intricate arrangements look easy.

All of the musicians were top notch and played with precision and made the most of their solos. In particular, the drummer and second guitarist (Jon Herrington) increased the level of intensity whenever they were given the spotlight.

Steely Dan is playing entire albums on some of the dates for this tour (Tour info). Those shows should be interesting but seeing them play a mix of material was great. I’d recommend seeing them.

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