Running down a not-so typical Nearly Dan gig in Seattle

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“Sharing the things we know and love
With those of my kind
Libations
Sensations
That stagger the mind [‘Deacon Blues’]”
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Ed Weber is the musical director of Nearly Dan in Seattle, and my husband. No bias there! CREDIT: Dave Bristol
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The gang’s all here! CREDIT: Dave Bristol

I wait, expectantly. And am richly rewarded when Bryon throws his hardware down, powerfully, exactingly and at the right moments to punctuate a mood that isn’t so much frenetic and Latin like before at previous gigs. It’s a more somber mood, and he patiently uses the pauses well, holding back, taking his time, instead of filling the gaps up as much as possible. Toward the end of this last solo, he almost loses his way, almost, but with a signature flourish in such a finite space, he makes his bold point and leaves us gaping. One hundred percent improved.

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Nearly Dan’s been through its share of personnel changes. Here they are back when saxophonist Pete Christlieb guest-starred at a return Jazz Alley engagement. Christlieb famously soloed on Steely Dan’s hit song, “Deacon Blues.”
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The guys who make it happen in the rhythm section: Rich Cole (sax), Art Bromage (guitar), Andy Omdahl (trumpet), Michael McGee (guitar), and Jack Klitzman (sax). CREDIT: Dave Bristol

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