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Steely Dan

In the early 1970s, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen began an extremely influential collaboration, adding jazzy harmonies and complex changes to memorable pop hooks, creating a slew of Jazz Rock classics in the process. "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," "Kid Charlemagne," and "Peg" proved their prowess as hit songwriters that defied traditional means of songwriting, adding their biting humor and subtle lyrical style. Their sound reached its crux as the pair hired top session and jazz musicians to add a polished touch. With horns by jazz veterans like Phil Woods and Wayne Shorter covering the upper ranges, guitarists Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter and Larry Carlton added pristine, jazzy guitar solos over the crisp rhythms of drummers Jeff Porcaro and Steve Gadd. Over the years Steely Dan has attracted diverse listeners, from hip-hop samplers to fans of a musically exciting, finely crafted melody

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  • Classic Albums: Aja

    Steely Dan

    Year: 1976

    Runtime: 50 min

    A vivid portrait of a '70s record that is still as fresh and memorable today as when it was released more than two decades ago. Pioneering pop/jazz band Steely Dan, formed by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker in the early seventies, had already secured five Top 40 albums before the release of Aja in 1977. Aja, however, was to prove to be the biggest selling album of Steely Dan's illustrious career, reaching No. 3 on the Billboard chart and spending a year in the Top 40. Becker and Fagen, renowned for their relentless perfectionism in the recording studio, recall the history of an album that was a year in the making, but rewarded with a Grammy Award and three hit singles. Steely Dan's Aja has proven to be one of the most outstanding jazz-rock albums in the history of popular music and now its story is told in this fascinating documentary.
     
     

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