The facts speak for themselves. I had already had the pleasure of being entertained by the finest Steely Dan tribute band out there, Nearly Dan, twice this year already: here and here. The fact that I looked forward to seeing them again since Saturday night’s gig was announced months ago is testament to Nearly Dan’s wondrousness and my great love of Steely Dan.
A small but highly enthusiastic audience of perhaps just over a 100 greeted Nearly Dan with warmth at Cox’s Yard in Stratford on Avon. We stood at the front, as usual, and I was delighted that pianist Gary Davies (pictured below) recognised me from previous gigs and from this very blog (I emailed him the link to my first review).
Behind the flashy guitar of front men Steve Hayes and Rob Rolph who pick their way through Steely Dan’s tortuous and complex solos, Nearly Dan’s secret is the staggering musicianship of each and every band member and their attention to detail. I could rave about them all, but would like to single out heavily pregnant alto-saxophonist Anne Hansen who played her heart out…
…and the fine backing vocals and percussion from Kate Robertson and Diane Davies.
Once again, thank you Nearly Dan. Please come to Oxford soon.