This was a side project headed by Donald Fagen while Steely Dan were on a bit of a sabbatical in 1991. Stars such as Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs, Phoebe Snow and Micheal McDonald got together to perform a series of shows backed by an outstanding 16 person backing band.
The shows were properly recorded and the “best”, according to someone, is here. Certainly the tracks here impress and would be highly recommended to Steely Dan fans as three of the tracks are Dan and one Fagen, played subtly differently and in magnificent sound quality.
Phoebe Snow gets a bit overwrought in a couple of places. Otherwise the rest of the singers, superb voices, perform splendid versions of well known songs.
Overall think smooth jazz rock and soul in the vein of Steely Dan and Micheal McDonald recorded superbly well and performed by masters of their respective crafts and you are close to what this album sounds like.
The New York Rock and Soul Revue: Live at the Beacon is a live album which documented the New York Rock and Soul Revue. It was recorded on March 1 and 2, 1991 at the Beacon Theater in New York City, a favorite venue of organizer Donald Fagen. The performances featured Fagen and included Phoebe Snow, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Eddie Brigati, David Brigati and Charles Brown. Selections on the album included a number of songs which were originally written and recorded by members of the revue, as well as other songs. The album was released by Giant Records.