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Jim Hodder

Born: December 17, 1947, Boston.

Died: June 5, 1990

Age: 42

Cause of death: Drowning in swimming pool

Notable because: Original drummer of Steely Dan appearing on many of the hits.

Jim Hodder was an American drummer, best known as the original drummer for Steely Dan.

He was born in Boston in 1947. He joined Steely Dan in 1972, but left in 1974. While part of Steely Dan, he worked on the Can't Buy a Thrill and Countdown to Ecstasy albums as well as part of Pretzel Logic. In 1972 he sang the lead vocal on the song "Midnight Cruiser" and the vocal on the song "Dallas" which appeared only on a 7" record and was reissued on a 12" EP titled Plus Fours from 1978 (both releases are unavailable on CD.)

Hodder continued working as a session musician for musicians such as Sammy Hagar and David Soul. In 1990, he drowned in his swimming pool at age 42.http://i2.ytimg.com/vi/uYCIjrxQ94M/default.jpg


When Steely Dan arrived on the scene in 1972, "progressive rock" was in vogue, with bands like Yes, ELP, and Genesis catching the fancy of many listeners. Steely surprised the rock audience because not only did they write radio-ready hits, but they had intelligent lyrics and used quasi-jazz forms (complex changes, harmonies, and structures) and jazz musicians Victor Feldman and Snooky Young--and even then they had band members who could handle all the idiomatic changes Becker and Fagen delighted in. Check out Baxter and Dias's blistering solos on "Do It Again" or Fagen's neo-ragtime on "Fire In The Hole."

Jim Hodder, "percussionist, bronze god, pulse of the rhythm section," was the original drummer for Steely. Burly, with large hands, Hodder brought a syncopated, pert style to the music. He exemplified "tasty," a common term then used among musicians to describe one who was creative but not overly flashy. His drumming seemed part BJ Wilson from Procol Harum, part Bobby Colomby from Blood, Sweat & Tears, and part Ringo. He wed lots of straight 8th notes on the hi-hat with snappy tom fills. An attention to detail is apparent from his articulate press rolls on "Dirty Work" to the rags-style bossa groove he played on "Do It Again."

"Bodhisaitva," the first song on Countdown to Ecstasy, kicks off with snare drum/hi-hat blasts from Hodder. Along with the rest of the band, Hodder's playing reflects a new looseness and confidence. Instead of striking a closed hi-hat with the tip, more of a swinging bash is employed, using the shank. He's more aggressive, playing Richie Hayward-ish fusion on the sci-fi "King of The World".

Like Idris Muhammad or Herbie Lovelle from the l960s Prestige-era jazz recordings, Hodder maintained a snakey, slinky touch. He's still playing rock, but with a jazzer's approach. His drums are tuned a bit lower; and the cymbals seem to ring more, matching the Indian flare of "Your Gold Teeth" or the country twang of "Pearl Of The Quarter." However, this was it for Hodder as far as Steely Dan was concerned. Though a strong drummer and timekeeper, he lacked the definitive personality that might have kept him on Becker and Fagen's first-call list.

Nonetheless, Countdown is the album that set the course for Steely Dan. They continued to refine and redefine their music with each successive album, becoming more exacting and demanding with the performances and the overall sound, while writing more stunning compositions.


Jim Hodder’s Reel / The Highlander Who Kissed His Granny / The Flying / Dowd’s #9

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"Steely Dan with Allen Toussaint May 6 New Orleans Retro Art Print — FRAMED — Print of Retro Concert Poster — Features Walter Becker , Donald Fagen, Jeff ""Skunk"" Baxter ,Denny Dias Jim Hodder ,David Palmer ,Royce Jones ,Michael McDonald and Jeff Porcaro."

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The Steely Dan with Allen Toussaint live show was not only one of the most iconic concerts of this era, it's a cultural phenomenon.

Steely Dan is an American jazz rock band whose music also blends elements of funk, R&B, and pop. Founded by core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen in 1972, the band enjoyed great critical and commercial success in the late 1970s and early 1980s before breaking up in 1981.

This particular piece features some of the most popular performers-Walter Becker , Donald Fagen, Jeff ""Skunk"" Baxter ,Denny Dias Jim Hodder ,David Palmer ,Royce Jones ,Michael McDonald and Jeff Porcaro-along with a great background design. Originally created around 1972 and printed in black ink, this beautiful recreation is printed on Acid-Free Recycled paper with 30% post-consumer waste, as good stewards of the environment and with memorabilia preserving characteristics. See image for paper color. This Steely Dan with Allen Toussaint poster will display beautifully on your bedroom, office or fandom wall.

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Your Healing Is Within You: An Introduction to Christian Healing (Hodder Christian paperbacks)

Author: Jim Glennon
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Editorial Review: A new edition of Jim Glennon's introduction to the Christian healing ministry.


K2: Triumph And Tragedy

Author: Jim Curran
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K2 is the second highest mountain in the world, at 8611 metres only a couple of hundred metres lower than Everest. It is one of the most unrelenting and testing of the worlds 8000-metre peaks.

Jim Curran came to K2 as a climbing cameraman with an unsuccessful British expedition, but stayed on through the climbing season. This is his account of the dramatic events of that summer, a story of ambitions both achieved and thwarted on a mountain which all high-altitude climbers take the most pride in overcoming. In 1986 K2 took its toll of those ambitions.

Curran vividly describes the moments that contribute to the exhilaration of climbing on the world's most demanding mountain, and he assesses the tragedy of that summer with compassion and impartiality.


Navvy on the Line / Jim Hodder's Reel

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