RIP Walter Becker

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RIP Walter Becker

Post by Malcolm » Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:14 am

So sad to see another great go. I first heard Steely Dan in 1972 with their album Can't Buy a Thrill and I was hooked. My particular favourites are Doctor Wu, Deacon Blues, and Kid Charlemagne, but there were so many other great songs, especially if you played in a pub covers band!

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Re: RIP Walter Becker

Post by oski79 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:37 am

Only 67 years old. Too young. Too many bad habits...
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Re: RIP Walter Becker

Post by Cipher » Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:27 am

It truly is a great loss and yes way too young! :-(

Guitarist Jason Vieaux just posted a beautiful music tribute to Walter and Steely Dan on his YouTube channel, it's a medley of songs including
Third World Man, Deacon Blues and believe it or Aja on solo guitar! (very complex tune harmonically speaking) Don't know how Jason comes up with these great arrangements, he 's got a terrific ear and is a genius in finding the best voicings and textures to make these pop/jazz tunes sound great on solo classical guitar.
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Re: RIP Walter Becker

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:48 am

I was a little kid, like 7 or 8 when I first heard them on FM radio. I am amazed every time one of my old FM heroes passes, at just how short our lives really are.

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Re: RIP Walter Becker

Post by Jeffrey Armbruster » Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:40 pm

Walter Becker ended up living part time in Berkeley and would come into our bookstore on occasion. The first time, he brought in a friend to show a selection of Black Lizard mysteries that we had on our sale table. At the register his friend mentioned Becker being in a band. Our employee said, "really, me too. What's your band?" Becker mumbled, oh, Steely Dan and then left. Our employee was unimpressed. Every other time Becker came in I wasn't there. He was always quiet and the opposite of a 'star'. (Green Day always had a retinue and made noise.) I'm the only one in our store that really likes Steely Dan, especially Aja and Gaucho. Now I'll never get to share my fandome. RIP, Walter.
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Re: RIP Walter Becker

Post by riffmeister » Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:07 pm

Love Steely Dan and I'm so sad at the loss of Walter.... :(

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Re: RIP Walter Becker

Post by astro64 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:33 am

Still have some of the their albums on vinyl, since my younger years. Kept it in good shape, the music lives on. RIP Walter Becker.

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Re: RIP Walter Becker

Post by soltirefa » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:14 am

Someone over at Google Groups posted this link to a YT video, How Steely Dan composes a song. Very nice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSDD8rgUiNc

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Re: RIP Walter Becker

Post by Pat Dodson » Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:51 pm

soltirefa wrote:
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:14 am
Someone over at Google Groups posted this link to a YT video, How Steely Dan composes a song. Very nice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSDD8rgUiNc
That's great! Many thanks.

Quite an informative obituary here:

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theg ... r-obituary

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Re: RIP Walter Becker

Post by Rick Beauregard » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:57 am

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Re: RIP Walter Becker

Post by Cipher » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:34 am

Rick Beauregard wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:57 am
Check this out!
https://www.facebook.com/jasonvieaux/vi ... 140445328/
Great Steely Dan tribute by Jason, it's amazing how he fits those complex chord changes on one classical guitar!- the only thing is (unless somebody tells me I'm not hearing correctly) none of the original songs in this medley feature Walter's guitar work at all - I'm pretty sure Third World Man is Larry Carlton's solo on guitar and Deacon Blues and Aja are so layered it's hard to tell where Walter's playing is at. Of course if the tribute is for songwriting then it works of course.

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Re: RIP Walter Becker

Post by soltirefa » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:04 pm

This guy knows his Steely Dan. Nice tribute.

https://youtu.be/2LRWtYwHxbo

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