Talks Given By Musicians about their instruments

Circus Money
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Jul 5 2015, 11:56 AM #1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvcrJrEn-Os

Fascinating lecture given by Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter at the Sweetwater Gearfest 2015 seminar. I'm not a musician and some of this is quite technical. But always very interesting and very funny. He's had quite a career - Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers and developing missile radar systems for the US government. One classic quote of many available:-

"Since I had my nervous system surgically removed after the second Steely Dan album, you can ask me anything." :lol:
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Jul 10 2015, 10:35 PM #2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QA9ydTb_bM

A good run through aJA. Ian Dury from 8.50 ON
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Jul 12 2015, 09:59 AM #3

marvell78 @ Jul 11 2015, 10:35 AM wrote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QA9ydTb_bM

A good run through aJA. Ian Dury from 8.50 ON
I actually bought that DVD on the making of Aja after watching it on TV. I thought it was by far the best in the 'classic album' series.

Ian Dury was a big Jazz fan - I think it was something he picked up upon when he studied at the Royal College of Art under Peter Blake. Charles Mingus was one of his favourites. Apparently he loved to play people Mingus and Gene Vincent on his record player - and you can hear that mix in his music. So it makes sense that he rated Aja so much. I think as well he probably liked the Becker/Fagen sense of humour as well in their lyrics, being such a great wordsmith himself.
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Jul 12 2015, 08:37 PM #4

I didnt realise the Peter Blake connection

What about the videos of Fagen explaining how he writes songs Peg and Joise). I always think that thye are fascinating (complicated but you can get the point even if you dont understand musical theory). And you see how in the recorded versions some of the nuances in the piano chording are lost in the ensemble playing


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0UVxZGRwC4

but not explaining the role of this in Rikki lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1CilMzT55M
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Jul 13 2015, 10:22 AM #5

I've got the Donald Fagen clips. They are part of a terrific DVD called 'Donald Fagen - Concepts For Jazz/Rock Piano'. The title was a bit offputting :whistle: but Fagen is very entertaining and informative throughout. I'm not a musical theory sort of person but Fagen puts things across in a very straightforward kind of way.

In addition to the Rikki /Horace Silver 'Song For My Father' issue, there is also a marked similarity between Keith Jarrett's 'Long As You Know You're Living Yours' and the Dan's 'Gaucho'. Jarrett sued them and got a writing credit and a split of the royalties. In fairness to Becker and Fagen they have always been very open about their influences.

Have you heard this great interview with Becker and Fagen on the Marian McPartland Piano Jazz show on NPR. It's available on CD but is well worth hearing on you tube:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zmgy1NO ... Rb3ALOi6Xc
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Jul 16 2015, 09:35 PM #6

entertaining interview. another good one with bill evans at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zufMaufJZo

this interview i always like for its awkwardness

green gartside and mark fisher

https://vimeo.com/23630791
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