A new video featuring a concert performance by The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue, the touring outfit starring Steely Dan‘s Donald Fagen, ex-Doobie Brother Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs, hit stores on DVD and Blu-ray this week. The Dukes of September Live offers up an 18-song set that was recorded at a November 2012 show at Lincoln Center in New York City.
The video features the three singer/songwriters playing select hits from their respective catalogs, as well as an interesting array of classic R&B and soul songs. Backing Fagen, McDonald and Scaggs is a large group of talented musicians, many of whom are part of Steely Dan’s touring band.
Speaking recently with ABC News Radio, Scaggs said that he thought the performance “came out really, really nice,” adding, “Our arrangements of stuff that we’d chosen for that last tour sounded good.”
Among the tunes featured on the DVD are versions of Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlegmagne,” “Peg” and “Reelin’ In the Years,” The Doobie Brothers’ “What a Fool Believes” and “Takin’ It to the Streets,” and Scaggs’ “Lowdown” and “Lido Shuffle.” The concert also included songs by James Brown, The Isley Brothers, Arthur Conley, Teddy Pendergrass and Buddy Miles.
Scaggs explained that one of the things he enjoys about playing in The Dukes of September is getting together with Fagen and McDonald to decide what cool tunes they are going to cover on tour.
“There were literally hundreds and hundreds of songs that we considered, and each one was special,” he noted. “There’s not a single song that we pitched among the three of us that was not special in some way to us.”
Scaggs added that The Dukes of September generally try to “adapt any [cover] song that we do [and] give it our own twist.”
Boz also revealed that this process influenced him when he was working on his most recent studio album, Memphis, which was made up mostly of material written by other artists.
Meanwhile, a special featuring highlights from The Dukes of September Live video is being shown this month on PBS as an episode of the networks Great Performances series.
As for Scaggs, he’ll be heading to Australia next month for a brief series of shows that he’ll follow with a U.S. tour that gets under way April 24 in Bossier City, Louisiana.
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