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Steely Dan-Events Center
-Seneca-Niagara Casino-
Niagara Falls, NY
By Bob Silvestri

Steely Dan brought their appropriately and coincidentally named 2007 High Rollers Tour to the packed beyond capacity Events Center at the Seneca-Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls on June 2nd. Walter Becker and Donald Fagan along with their crack ten piece "Steely Dan Orchestra" played a nearly two hour set of their unique style of smooth jazz rock that mixes those two idioms along with a healthy dose of funk, soul, R&B and hipster coolness. The crystal clear sound along with some of the best video screens I've ever seen added to the evening allowing you an intimate peek at the musicians as they performed on stage. The show is not a run thru of their radio hits as is wont of some artists from the era instead the band uses slight changes to the arrangements and vocals for a fresh live sound. This was most evident as the two female background singers handled "Dirty Work" and Walter Becker took a turn on vocals for "Haitian Divorce". A spoken verse mentioning the Falls appeared mid song on a great take of "Hey Nineteen". Stellar versions of "Kid Charlemagne", "Black Cow", "Bad Sneakers", "Babylon Sisters" and "FM" were performed as well. The night's best performances were "Two Against Nature" and a magnificent and beautiful version of "Aja". The band returned for an encore with "Bodhisattva". For more upcoming shows at Seneca-Niagara Casino go to www.senecaniagaracasino.com 

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