by Matt Hooke
Steely Dan combined rock and jazz in a way no other artist has ever done. Their music is not simply jazzers slumming it" to make profitable rock recordings, but a precise blend of the two genres that shows the musicians love for both. On Sunday one of the two architects of Steely Dan, Walter Becker, died at the age of 67. Becker co-wrote all of the bands material with lead singer Donald Fagen, including radio classics like Aja," ...read more
by Mike Perciaccante
Coming a mere 14 years after his last and first solo recording, Walter Becker's Circus Money sounds a lot like Steely Dan--jazzy, pop infused rock over witty, somewhat sarcastic and sardonic lyrics. By mixing in a bit of reggae, Becker has released an album that fits in well with the Steely Dan canon, yet stands up well on its own.
Featuring the expected strong production values and superb performances, Becker and company have produced a disc that is ...read more
by Gina Vodegel
It's been years since his first album, 11 Tracks of Whack (Giant Records/WEA, 1994) was released and his fans have been awaiting the new Walter Becker album eagerly. Founder/composer/bassist of the legendary Steely Dan is finally surfacing with Circus Money (5 Over 12/Mailboat Records, 2008) that is anticipated to sell in stores starting June 10. Both Donald Fagen and Walter Becker (click link for samples of C$) are known for their quirky sense of bittersweet observations and absurd testimonials of ...read more