Album cover: Zazu

Rosie Vela — Zazu

I don’t remem­ber how I came across this album but it was either due to air­play on WKQQ or Rosie’s appear­ance on David Letterman. I bought this album about the same time I bought last week’s blog selec­tion, Robbie Robertson’s self-titled album. 

This has been a favorite for a long time. The musi­cian list fea­tures an all-star cast includ­ing Donald Fagan and Walter Becker from Steely Dan, Rick Derringer and Jim Keltner from var­i­ous groups, and Tony Levin who played bass on my blog fea­tur­ing Peter Gabriel and his “In Your Eyes.” 

Try it, I think you’ll like it.

Album Information

All tracks were writ­ten by Rosie Vela except where noted.

1.         “Fool’s Paradise”      4:04
2.         “Magic Smile”           4:26
3.         “Interlude”     4:07
4.         “Tonto”           5:40
5.         “Sunday”       4:32
6.         “Taxi”  3:27
7.         “2nd Emotion” (Rosie Vela; Fritz Doddy; Jeb Guthrie; Jock Guthrie) 4:47
8.         “Boxs” 3:55
9.         “Zazu” 4:46

Rosie Vela – lead vocals (all tracks), syn­the­siz­er (1−4), back­ground vocals (2, 7)
Michael Been – gui­tar (1, 5–6, 8)
Walter Becker – lead gui­tar (3), gui­tar (9), syn­the­siz­er (4)
Rick Derringer – rhythm gui­tar (3), gui­tar (4, 6–8)
Neil Stubenhaus – bass gui­tar (1)
Jimmy Haslip – bass gui­tar (2−9)
Donald Fagen – syn­the­siz­er (1−6, 9)
Aaron Zigman – syn­the­siz­er (1, 3, 5–6, 8–9)
Larry Fast – syn­the­siz­er (6)
Jim Keltner – drums (1), addi­tion­al drums (2, 5–9)
Jimmy Bralower — drums (2−9), addi­tion­al drums (1), per­cus­sion (1 & 7)
Yogy Horton – addi­tion­al drums (5)
Chat Vela – drums (9)
Joy Askew – back­ground vocals (2 & 7)
Jenny Peters — back­ground vocals (7)
Tony Levin — chap­man stick (4 & 9)
Gary Katz – pro­duc­er
Daniel Lazerus, Wayne Yurgelun – engi­neer [Assistant Mix], tech­ni­cian [dig­i­tal]
Mike Cosmai, Tim Hatfield – engi­neer [assis­tant]
Elliot Scheiner – engi­neer [mix]
Bob Ludwig – mas­ter­ing
Richard Corman – photography

Released       1986
Length           39:50
Label              A&M
Producer        Gary Katz

  • Jeff Brandt

    Jeff has been a music fan since the age of 7 when the album Meet the Beatles hit the streets. He grew up in Hoptown and went to col­lege at UK a cou­ple of times. He retired in 2016 and is cur­rent­ly amass­ing his music col­lec­tion. Jeff says he loves being retired but is tired of quarantining.