“MAESTROS OF COOL” songs from Steely Dan featuring David Garfield, Alex Ligertwood, Debbie Deane, Michael Landau...
“MAESTROS OF COOL” is a fabulous compilation of cover versions of songs from Steely Dan.
“MAESTROS OF COOL” is far too good for the tribute album stamp. What we´ve got here is a compilation disc featuring an incredibly wide assemblage of musicians, most of whom, although likely unknown to listeners, have not only been influenced by Steely Dan, but have gone on to create spectacular and unique music that ventures far beyond that of their mentors. “MAESTROS OF COOL” presents 24 tracks on 2 CDs with artists from the USA, EUROPE and AUSTRALIA.
New Zealand´s Nathan Haines featuring Blur singer Damon Albarn delivers a marvelous version of “FM”, while former Steely Dan musical director John Beasley´s Stereo comes up with an extraordinary new song sounding somewhere between Steely Dan and Herb Alpert. Singer/songwriter Debbie Deane gives "Any World" a great new flavor, keeping the song fresh and eager. Then British soul funk group Raw Stylus, (featuring Donald Fagen plus Steely Dan players Bernard Purdie, Randy Brecker and Elliott Randall) coming in with their own composition, which embodies portions of Steely Dan´s composition “Josie” by Alex Ligertwood.
The majestic “Babylon Sisters” is performed by David Garfield and his band (including former Steely Dan members Bob Sheppard and Bernard Purdie plus guitarist Michael Landau).
Another imposing presence is guitarist Chuck Loeb, who follows with the slow ballad “Maxine”, “Maxine” is not technically a Steely Dan song, but it´s such a beautiful piece featuring John Patitucci and Dave Weckl, we felt it needed to be a part of this project.
Alex Gunia & Philipp van Endert, two of Germany´s top jazz guitarists - deliver a marvelous acoustic version of “Third World Man” - magnificently re-worked. Another Steely Dan player was Cornelius Bumpus. His arrangement of the Steely Dan tune "Chain Lightning" is a creative, hypnotic, slow blues simmer featuring Bumpus´ richest tenor work amidst a bed of punchy organ harmonies and solo.