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Donald Fagen On The Past, Present And Future

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Donald Fagen on what's so punk about Steely Dan, what's so sweet about bebop, why making his first solo record, The Nightfly was so personally disruptive to him, when he decided to finally grow up, and who he never wants to see again. Plus, behind the scenes stories of making Gaucho, his relationship with Walter Becker, the influence of Red Garland on his playing, Billy Eckstine on his singing, and James Brown on his rhythm concept. Along the ...

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Why Steely Dan Can Never Really Be Yacht Rock

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The website Really Smooth Music provides the definition of the term Yacht Rock as being “a variation of popular Soft Rock that peaked between the years of 1976 and 1984 (as featuring a) highly polished brand of soft rock that emanated from Southern California during the late '70s and early '80s. The term is meant to suggest the kind of smooth, mellow music that early yuppies likely enjoyed while sipping champagne and snorting cocaine on their yachts." This sounds like ...

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Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan at Blossom Music Center

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The Doobie Brothers & Steely Dan-The Summer of Living Dangerously Tour Blossom Music Center Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio June 23, 2018 If there is one tried and true adage that is applicable to the arts, it is the one that goes “everything old is new again." Be it a need for monetary sustenance, a love of touring, or a little bit of both, we have seen an increase in the number of summer tours featuring iconic ...

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Steely Dan at Blossom Music Center

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Steely Dan Blossom Music Center Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio July 28, 2015 Back in April, Steely Dan got the busses loaded up for their semi regular touring season that included a few nights at Coachella. July 6th then brought forth the official summer tour, with twenty-three dates set through the middle of August. Billed as the “Rockabye Gollie Angel" tour, whatever the hell that means, The Dan brought its travelling minstrel show to Blossom Music Center ...

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Steely Dan at Jacobs Pavilion

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Steely DanJacobs Pavilion at NauticaCleveland, OhioJuly 23, 2013Time flies when you are having fun and it's hard to believe that Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, collectively known as Steely Dan, are well into that life niche known as the senior years. Fortunately, they still have a thing for the road, which means their iconic repertoire can be heard live in select cities once every few years. For Cleveland fans, it has been a long haul. ...

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Steely Dan Plays Aja in Akron, OH

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Steely Dan E.J. Thomas Hall Akron, Ohio November 16, 2009

Since coming back on the scene in 2000, hit makers Donald Fagen and Walter Becker have made it a habit to regularly hit the road each summer tour season, a practice that in their earlier years was looked upon with trepidation. In fact, after some live gigs to support their first album, they stopped touring altogether and weren't to be seen in ...

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Steely Dan at Wells Fargo Theater in Denver

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Steely Dan Wells Fargo Theater Denver October 29, 2009

Going to a Steely Dan concert is like riding in a luxury car; you know just what you're going to get: a smooth, comfortable ride. There may not be much in the way of surprises, but it sure feels good. That predictability applies even more on the current tour in which the band has been playing some of their classic albums in their entirety. ...

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Reeling In the Years: Steely Dan at Mud Island, Memphis, Tennessee

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Steely Dan Mud Island Memphis, Tennessee August 14, 2009

The only relationship Steely Dan had with the 1970s was the temporal fact of having existed and been popular then. The band's music was always light years ahead of its time. Intelligent, inventive, and way too clever, Steely Dan's music could have just as easily been created now, or for that matter, well in the future.

“Reeling in the Years" from the 1972 recording ...

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2009 Montreux Jazz Festival : Chickenfoot, Dave Matthews Band, Steely Dan

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Chickenfoot, Dave Matthews Band, Steely Dan Montreux Jazz Festival/Auditorium Stravinski Montreux, Switzerland July 4, 2009

The United States were impeccably represented as the land of the free form during a Fourth of July special that showcased three distinct improvisational imports.

A packed, international crowd of well over 4,000 was ready for fireworks as Steely Dan proved up to the task of opening in the emotionally electrified environment. The veteran songwriting duo of guitarist Walter ...

REASSESSING

Steely Dan: Aja

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Steely Dan Aja MCA 1977

In the movie Mr. Holland's Opus, Richard Dreyfuss, playing a high school music director, recounts his childhood memory of first hearing a John Coltrane album. He recalls how he hated the music, but couldn't stop listening to it. He played the album over and over again until he appreciated every note--until he knew it would be an inspirational force in his life.Steely Dan's Aja was like Dreyfuss' ...

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Steely Dan: Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

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Purists may balk at the idea of piano legend Marian McPartland tarnishing the unadulterated nature of her NPR series, Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz--which has seen her interview and play with artists including Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, and many others--by inviting pianist/vocalist Donald Fagen and guitarist Walter Becker, more commonly known as the pop group Steely Dan, to the studio for conversation and performance.

But anyone who knows Steely Dan knows that, while it's unabashedly a pop group, it ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

That Grand Dan Sound: Why Everyone Knows Steely Dan When They Hear Them

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Ok, so Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk and Dave Brubeck used them throughout the 1950s. In the 1960s and most of the 1970s, adventurous and ambitious horn-adorned groups like Chicago and Blood, Sweat and Tears also experimented successfully with them too. But we're talking cool chords (and their various permutations) here folks, not drugs. It's pretty much accepted by the general populace how great the writing/performing talents of, say, Billy Joel, Elton John and Paul McCartney are. ...


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