Donald Fagen releases ‘Morph the Cat,’ his first album after 13 years (2006)

Donald Fagen’s ‘Morph the Cat’ is a studio album (his first since 1993) released on March 7, 2006 by Reprise.

Track Listing : 1.Morph The Cat (Donald Fagen) – 06:49 . 2.H Gang (Donald Fagen) – 05:15 . 3.What I Do (Donald Fagen) – 06:01 . 4.Brite Nitegown (Donald Fagen) – 07:16 . 5.The Great Pagoda Of Funn (Donald Fagen) – 07:39 . 6.Security Joan (Donald Fagen) – 06:09 . 7.The Night Belongs To Mona (Donald Fagen) – 04:18 . 8.Mary Shut The Garden Door (Donald Fagen) – 06:29 . 9.Morph The Cat (Reprise) (Donald Fagen) – 02:53


Danny Clinch

Musicians : Donald Fagen – Fender Rhodes, Melodica, Organ, Piano, Vocals, Vocals (Background) . Freddie Ready Freddie Washington – Bass On (1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9) . Harlan Post, Jr. – Bass (Acoustic) On (7) . Ted Baker – Fender Rhodes, Piano On (2 – 3 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8) . Keith Carlock – Drums On (1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9) . Ken Emerson – Guitar On (3) . Jon Herington – Guitar On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9) . Ken Wessel – Guitar On (6) . Wayne Krantz – Guitar On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9) . Hugh Mccracken – Guitar On (1 – 2 – 3 – 9) . Frank Vignola – Guitar On (1 – 9) . Roger Rosenberg – Clarinet (Bass), Sax (Baritone) On (2 – 4 – 5 – 7 . Howard Levy – Harmonica On (3 – 7) . Illinois Elohainu – Flute On (8) . Marvin Stamm – Trumpet On (1 – 4 – 5 – 7 – 9) . Walt Weiskopf – Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor) On (1 – 2 – 4 – 5 – 7 – 9) . Mark Patterson – Trombone On (2 – 4 – 5 – 7) . Lawrence Feldman – Clarinet, Flute, Sax (Tenor) On (4 – 5 – 7) . Gordon Gottlieb – Percussion, Vocals (Background) On (2 – 4 – 6 – 7 – 8) . Phonus Quaver – Marimba, Vibraphone On (1 – 4 – 5 – 8 – 9) . Bashiri Johnson – Percussion On (4) . Joe Passaro – Percussion On (5) . Carolyn Leonhart – Backing Vocals On (3 – 8) . Jerry Barnes – Backing Vocals On (1 – 5) . Cindy Mizelle – – Backing Vocals On (3) . Amy Helm – Backing Vocals On (3) . Jennifer Battista – Clappers On (6) . Eddie Jackson – Clappers On (6) . Candice Predham – Clappers On (6) . Camille Meza – Clappers On (6)

Production : Produced By Donald Fagen Tj Doherty – Overdub Engineer, Pro-Tools . Eddie Jackson – Assistant Engineer . Jim Keller – Assistant Engineer . Chad Lupo – Assistant Engineer . Steve Mazur – Assistant Engineer . Brian Montgomery – Assistant Engineer, Mixing, Overdub Engineer, Pro-Tools . Joseph M. Palmaccio – Mastering . Darcy Proper – Mastering . Elliot Scheiner – Mixing . Matt Scheiner – Assistant Engineer . Bryan Smith – Assistant Engineer . Allan Thomas – Assistant Engineer . Maria Triana – Mastering Assistant

Package : Danny Clinch asterisques RVM – Photography . Ryan Corey – Design . Jeri Heiden – Art Direction

Recorded 2004 -05.

Released On March 7, 2006 By Reprise.

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Audioholics
While I highly recommend this CD, I’m going to give it an overall rating of 4.5 (out of 5) for one reason: I miss the variety of bands/musicians/soloists that we used to see on Donald Fagen (and Steely Dan) releases. For example, while Keith Carlock is obviously an excellent drummer, I think that mixing it up a bit with other drummers would add even more variety to the grooves. […]

The Guardian
Mortality is another theme, so it’s blackly appropriate that the funky Brite Nitegown lists three encounters with death: a verse each for sickness, murder and drugs. With razor-sharp horns and Prince-like vocals, it’s a killer. […]

Jazzchicago.net
Finally, in a world of uncertainty, evil and certain terminal life for all, Donald Fagen has found a way to cheat death by giving us the same grand, albeit false solution to all of life’s problems he always has espoused. […]

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