Mr. Jeff "Skunk" Baxter with Steely Dan

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  1. Mike Eskimo

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    Becker and Fagen are the most talented musicians ever in Steely Dan.

    Without them (and packages from Bolivia and Peru) its just a bunch of guys with phenomenal “chops” waiting around wondering what they’re going to solo over...
     
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    That’s true and funny at the same time
     
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    I can't play one note, or imagine creating one of Denny's guitar lines in my head - just happy to hear whatever he played.

    His electric sitar in "Do it Again" and his solo on "Bodhisattva" are ( on my planet, at least) two of the finest electric guitar moments ever.
    Mt.Rushmore caliber, to me.
     
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    Would that be "Skunk Funk?":D
     
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    I like Skunk in the Doobie Bros more than Steely Dan. Steely Dan was one of the greatest bands ever.

    We did a cover of this tune on Sound Cloud about five years ago. Cool parts throughout by Baxter.

     
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    I don't know, I've been a fan of Steely Dan forever and Walter Becker to me seemed like he was just along for the ride. It was like the true talents were Donald Fagen, and all of the studio musicians they brought in. That's just my opinion, though. I love Steely Dan.
     
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    I like the Skunk, and Denny Dias. But Mr. 335 was ever better, IMO. Don’t Take Me Alive is just incredible, every note LC played on it.

    That said, Skunk Baxter’s role in DOD is really interesting to know. An auto-didact in missile defense systems?
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Baxter
     
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    He killed it on My Old School. Love it!
     
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    Good stuff; part of the soundtrack of my youth.



    And Skunk is very bright, as someone alluded to above.

     
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    Not trying to diminish their great abilities as instrumentalists, but I'd rather say Steely Dan was more of a duo-project with hired guns (really great guns), but not really a band.
     
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    If I could be half the player Baxter is, I would be twice as good as anyone I know.
     
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    I used to love the old Skunk columns in the 70's GP magazines,
    and the stories he would tell.

    He says he owned Hendrix' Duo Sonic at one point, and was friends
    with just about every well known musician of the day, as he worked
    in NY music stores and also was a tech.
     
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    Walter is a true MVP and a real architect to the band and sound. I think his contributions and influence often get over looked. After listening to his solo albums I get the impression that many of the lyrical content and loser characters in songs are coming from Walter’s mind and humor. He knows what a song calls for and can deliver on bass or guitar. Some of my favorite Steely dan guitar moments are from him like Gaucho. His playing is really good on the later overlooked albums like everything must go. I love his aggressive and dynamic blues style licks on that album. His solo albums have some beautiful arrangements too, I love the song Upside looking down. The lyrics on his solo albums are great too and can really paint the scenery of guilt, substance abuse, and just getting older in a strange world. I think Walter could take an idea from Fagen and give the song that small cool part, unique perspective, and social darkness that would later define the song and give it its Steely Dan-ness.

    Sorry for the Walter spam haha I love Steely dan too and was happy to see this thread and Steely dan fans.

    I love skunk too, the guitar parts on Brooklyn owes the charmer are amazing
     
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    That was awesome ! What’s the box by the imput of skunks guitar ? Some kind of wireless box ? Haha no idea
     
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    Probably some kind of DI going to that mixer next to him? I am not knowing!?o_O
     
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    An " old school " Dan Armstrong Orange Squeezer. JB was a big fan of that particular effect.
     
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    The first three albums were more of a band unit. They always had guest players, but by PL, the writing was on the wall. Becker & Fagan hated the road. That's the main reason Jeff left SD, he was a road dogg. :cool:
     
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    I listened to a great Steely Dan show from @1974 earlier this week, and the guitars were on fire for the set
     
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    I'm a fan. I particularly dug his Floyd Pepper character in The Muppets' band The Electric Mayhem:

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    Oh cool I guess I never really saw a photo of it , is that the same kind from Sultans of Swing ?
     
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