Once heard, Steely Dan has been one of those bands which demand ‘loyalty’. The strength of the song writing partnership of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen and the supreme musicianship of their bands has ensured that their “string of pristine, sophisticated albums with ‘calculated and literary lyrics’ that blurred the lines of jazz, pop, rock and soul” will endure as long as recorded music is listened to.

Walter Becker died yesterday from an undisclosed illness aged 67.

Read Rickie Lee Jones’ poignant tribute.

There are only eight Steely Dan studio albums, but such is their originality that many musicians cover the songs. There’s even a Facebook page called Steely Dan Covers.

The following tracks are from tribute albums and are listed in the order of release of the original albums, noted in brackets.


1972. The Royal Dan w. Mike Stern – Dirty Work (Can’t Buy a Thrill)
1973. The Brian Setzer Orchestra – Bodhisattva (Countdown to Ecstasy)
1974. Bob McAlpine – Rikki Don’t Lose That Number (Pretzel Logic)
1975. Sara Isaksson & Rebecka Törnqvist – Rose Darling (Katy Lied)
1976. The Woody Herman Band – Kid Charlemagne (The Royal Scam)
1977. Hoops McCann Band – Deacon Blues (Aja)
1980. Sara Isaksson & Rebecka Törnqvist – Gaucho (Gaucho)
fr. 2000. Steely Dan – Cousin Dupree (Two Against Nature)

Seminal rock and jazz guitarist
6 August 1946 – 15 April 2017

Holdsworth has been cited as an influence by many renowned rock and jazz guitarists. Frank Zappa once lauded him as “one of the most interesting guys on guitar on the planet“, while Robben Ford has said: “I think Allan Holdsworth is the John Coltrane of the guitar. I don’t think anyone can do as much with the guitar as he can.”

Although he rarely remained a group member for long, his playing enhanced the music of many outstanding groups including Nucleus (1972), Tempest (1973), Soft Machine (1975), (Bill) Bruford (1979) …… discography

His restless soul, a quest for expressing himself through his talent, means that for many he was a difficult man on a personal level, yet it is his playing in performance which marks his true eminence and how he should be remembered.

IndoJazzia is saddened by his passing, but his music will live on, with a short-term boost to album sales. For completists, you are welcome to download a live set from our archives. The recording date is unknown, but this was broadcast on BBC Radio 1, presumably Jazz Club, on 25th May 1980.

Pat Smythe Quintet
Pat Smythe: piano,
Ray Warleigh: alto sax, flute
Allan Holdsworth: guitar
Chris Laurence: bass
John Marshall: drums

1. Letters of Marque (Holdsworth)
2. Announcer (Peter Clayton)
3. Reflection (Smythe)
4. Announcer
5. Out From Under (Holdsworth)
6. Announcer
7. Steppes (Pat Smythe)


Horace Parlan, a hard-bop pianist and composer with an angular yet gospel-infused style heard on albums by luminaries including Charles Mingus, Clark Terry, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Archie Shepp and others, and on numerous releases as a leader from the 1960s through 2000s, died Feb. 23 in Denmark. He was 86, and in recent years had been in a nursing home due to multiple ailments including blindness and diabetes.
fr. Jazz Times

April 2, 1943 – February 19, 2017

1969. Elementary Guitar Solo #5
1975. 11th House (at The Village Gate on November 10th 1975, streamed from Gordon Skene’s site Past Daily.)
1979. Mediterranean Sundance (w. Paco De Lucia, John McLaughlin)
1985. I Want You (Zakir Hussain’s Peshkar)

1994. Solar (Coryell – Vitous 4tet)
2004. Tricycles (w. Paul Wertico & Marc Egan)
2011. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (w. Kenny Drew, Jr.)

2nd November 1963 –  13th January 2017

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing today of Riza Arshad, keyboardist extraordinaire, at the early age of 53.

I first heard his name in 1995 when a student of mine learning English told me that she was learning jazz piano from Riza. We later met on 22nd October at the first Pat Metheny gig in Jakarta, and she told me that Riza was there too, and she gave me a copy of simakDialog’s ‘Sampler Tape’.

It wasn’t until 2008 that I got to meet Riza at the launch of their album Demimasa and was suitably blown away at the blend of free jazz and Sundanese percussion. Following that, I interviewed Riza* through an email exchange, some of which I incorporated in the second edition of Culture Shock! Jakarta.

What came through was his wide musical interests, not just in jazz pianists, and that his “efforts [were] devoted for the growth of jazz in Indonesia.” He was the curator of Serambi Jazz at Goethe Haus in Jakarta, a bi-monthly gig “featuring loads of talented musicians that have always dedicated their lives to music.”

Away from simakDialog, Riza recorded a number of albums which demonstrated his willingness to spread his musical wings.

Riza played accordion on Ubiet’s Kroncong Tenggara (’07), around the same time that he was playing ‘subtle fusion’ with Trioscapes, with Arie Ayunir, the first drummer in simakDialog, later replaced by Aksan Sjuman, and Yance Manusama on bass.

Riza was a link with the early jazz generation – he felt honoured to play with Bubi Chen – and was a mentor to the next.

There was W/H/A/T with Sandy Winarta, Sri Hanuraga, Riza Arshad and Indrawan Tjhin. “I think it’s natural and normal that we like to work with the young stars. They have high energy, high idealism and are amazing with their instruments.

Later, with Tuslah (yet to release an album), with Sri Hanuraga, Elfa Zulham and Adra Karim, he was playing music of outstanding quality. Riza told me after one of their gigs that he was very happy playing with younger musicians because he felt energised by them.

IndoJazzia offers condolences to Riza’s immediate family and his many friends who are immensely saddened by his premature passing.

In his memory, we offer simakDialog’s ‘Sample Tape’ from 1995.

1 Time Has Changed
2. On The Way Home
#1, 2 by Riza Arshad
3. Conscience
4. Remember
#3, 4 by Tohpati
Download from here.

*Note: Read Jazzuality’s interview from 2010 here

Terry Collins on behalf of IndoJazzia.

Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans, commonly known as Toots Thielemans, died in his sleep yesterday (22nd). He was 94, and retired from performing two years ago.

He is best known for popularising the harmonica as a jazz instrument, although his one ‘hit’ was Bluesette on which he played guitar and whistled.

He performed and recorded with Benny Goodman, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Stephane Grappelli, J.J. Johnson, Bill Evans, Shirley Horn, Joe Pass, Paul Simon,  Billy Joel ….