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Umbria Jazz: Days 1-3, July 10-12, 2009

By Published: July 15, 2009
July 11—Steely Dan

Steely Dan

Steely Dan
Steely Dan
b.1972
band/orchestra
has aged well; if anything, the core duo (singer/keyboardist Donald Fagen
Donald Fagen
Donald Fagen
b.1948
keyboard
, guitarist Walter Becker
Walter Becker
Walter Becker
b.1950
guitar
) has only now realized the dirty-old-men personae they adopted nearly 40 years ago. Back then, they were also perhaps the most pedigreed and knowledgeable jazzmen on the rock side of the jazz-rock movement. (The distinctive piano/bass riff from their biggest hit, "Rikki Don't Lose that Number," was once the distinctive riff from Horace Silver
Horace Silver
Horace Silver
b.1928
piano
's "Song for my Father.") So if Umbria Jazz were forced to bring in an arena-rock band to boost ticket sales, the Dan was an ideal choice.


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