Out Now: ‘Speed of Heat,’ the Very First Solo Album from Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Listen)

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Today, June 17, saw the release of Speed of Heat, the very first solo album from Jeff “Skunk” Baxter — revered Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist (and ballistic missile expert with the United States government) with a resume featuring timeless work as a key figure in Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers and beyond.

On Speed of Heat, Baxter combines both new original tunes and reworked versions of tracks from his history — such as Steely Dan’s “My Old School,” which accompanied the original album announcement:

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More on the record’s scope, per a news release:

Another standout track sees Baxter revisiting his back pages once again for a spine-tingling re-imagining of Steely Dan’s first hit single, “Do it Again,” this one built around a spacey, slithery, almost hallucinatory R&B groove over which Baxter drizzles spunky, jazz-tinged leads. There’s also the luminous original ballad “Juliet,” radiant with dreamy, glistening guitar lines and a lyrical nylon-string interlude that aches with emotion. “When I played it for my daughter, she said, ‘It’s like a sunrise,’” Baxter recalls. “It doesn’t get much better than that.”

“You go into making a record with so many expectations, but I can honestly say that the finished album met and exceeded all of them,” Baxter says. “It was immensely gratifying when my musical peers would come up to me and said, ‘Hey, I heard you’re making a solo album. Can I sing or play on it?’ That’s a wonderful feeling. Throughout the entire process, and with CJ Vanston’s extraordinary talent and support, I strove to achieve something new, compelling, singular and exciting with each track. I believe this collection of songs and performances realizes that goal and trust that those who listen will come away with the same sentiment.”

Give the debut album from Jeff “Skunk” Baxter a spin below:


  • David Maceira says:

    Great music! Like to hear more from Jeff. It’s been way too long.

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