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Most Popular Pages of 2017

It was a year to test our fortitude, that’s for sure. Donald Fagen found new energy on the road with a young band. But Walter Becker took a hike to that ditch out in the valley. Who knew it was for him? Here are the most popular stories from The Steely Dan Reader in 2017. […]

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Horace Silver

Jazz Masterpiece Came Together in Fragments

Originally published on Oct. 20, 2016 By Rashod Ollison The Virginian-Pilot Horace Silver’s prolific recording sessions for the venerable Blue Note label in the ’50s and ’60s were usually succinct. Whatever the hard-bop pianist and his accompanists put down in the studio found its way onto an album with very little fat or filler. It […]

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‘Aja’ stuns at the Beacon Theatre

Originally published on Oct. 19, 2016 By Alex Biese Asbury Park Press NEW YORK — Over the last several years, artists from Bruce Springsteen to Public Enemy have engaged in the lucrative and crowd-pleasing practice of performing their classic albums in concert, to varying degrees of success. But if there’s one act that seems ideally suited […]

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Listening to Steely Dan’s Gaucho

By Paul Grimstad Paris Review The cover of Steely Dan’s 1975 LP Katy Lied shows an out-of-focus praying mantis floating amid bulbous plants. I used to stare at it as a kid, listening to the record in my dad’s leather reading chair and wondering who this “Steely” was. He sounded sort of like Bob Dylan, […]

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Donald Fagen Talks Full-Album Shows

By Alex Biese Asbury Park Press Steely Dan is getting ready to do it again. For the sixth year, the Grammy-winning jazz/rock combo led by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker will be in residency at the Beacon Theatre in New York City staring Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members will […]

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Steely Dan Hits the Road Again

By Bruce Pilato Sound & Vision It has been 44 years since Donald Fagen and Walter Becker’s jazz-tinged pop band, Steely Dan, soared to the top of the Billboard chart with timeless hits such as “Do It Again,” “Dirty Work” and “Reelin’ In The Years.”  Soon after its initial pop success, the band gradually morphed […]

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Herington: ‘The Dan Changed My Work Life’

By Jeremy D. Bonfiglio Michigan City News-Dispatch NEW BUFFALO, Mich. — Guitarist Walter Becker and singer/keyboardist Donald Fagen are the heart, soul, rock and jazz behind Steely Dan. Augmented by session and supporting musicians, including guitarists Denny Dias and Jeff Baxter, Steely Dan sold more than 40 million records worldwide behind hits such as “Reelin’ […]

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40 Years Ago: Steely Dan Pulls Off ‘Royal Scam’

Originally published on May 31, 2016 By FRANK MASTROPOLO Ultimate Classic Rock Expectations were high when Steely Dan’s fifth album, The Royal Scam, was released May 31, 1976. It featured the band’s most cynical lyrics to date in its tales of outlaws, drug dealers and cheaters. While the LP reached No. 15 on the Billboard albums chart, its two singles, “Kid Charlemagne” […]

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Dan Reels in Ears with Slick Jazz-Rock

By Lynn Saxberg Ottawa Citizen Riding the crest of a renewed interest in their music, jazz-rock pioneers Steely Dan cruised into the National Arts Centre’s Southam Hall on Tuesday (8/26/2014) and delivered a wealth of musical riches to a packed house. The band’s core creative duo, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, renowned for their perfectionism […]

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Steely Dan Electrifying

By Liz Braun Toronto Sun For two spectacular hours on Saturday night, Steely Dan brought their unique blend of rock, R&B and jazz to happy fans at the Sony Centre. The band stepped up and tossed off “Black Cow,” “Aja” and “Hey Nineteen” for openers, finally getting people in the crowd up and dancing in […]

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