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Donald Fagen – ‘Morph the Cat’

By Paul Woloszyn MusicOMH.com At a time when sounding a bit rough around the edges is not a bad thing there are still some artists who are not swayed by changes in style, none more so than Donald Fagen. One half of Steely Dan, he has been making the same classy brand of jazzy pop […]

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Black Days

With his new solo album, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen leaves behind imaginary landscapes to face his mortality in the uneasy air of post-9/11 New York. By James Adams Toronto Globe TORONTO — No, Donald Fagen says, he’s not on the line from the foot of Mount Belzoni, nor is he high in the Custerdome. This […]

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Fagen on New Disc, Steely Dan Return

By Jane Stevenson Toronto Sun Donald Fagen’s “day job” has been as one-half of jazz-rock outfit Steely Dan with partner Walter Becker since 1972. Yes, there was that 20-year break between the group’s 1980 effort Gaucho and 2000’s Two Against Nature, a best album Grammy winner. But the singer-keyboardist can be forgiven for never having […]

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‘Morph the Cat’

By John Kelman Allaboutjazz.com Sometimes tight-knit teams like Donald Fagen and Walter Becker — better known as Steely Dan — make it difficult to determine what each individual brings to the table. It’s no secret that Becker and Fagen have strong jazz sensibilities, not to mention an affection for Tin Pan Alley, having started out […]

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‘Morph the Cat’

By Edna Gundersen USA Today Morph the Cat (* * *) Donald Fagen Fagen’s third solo album, and first in 13 years, completes an informal trilogy that includes the frisky ambitions of 1981’s Nightfly and the midlife inventory of 1993’s Kamakiriad. This time the Steely Dan co-founder dwells on mortality and various impending doom scenarios, […]

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Review of ‘Morph the Cat’

By Richard Cromelin Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The taller half of Steely Dan returns from a 13-year break from solo albums as a sort of hipster Dr. Seuss. In the title song, a protoplasmic feline form permeates Manhattan, casting an inexplicable but welcome spell of well-being on Gotham. Less cartoon-like but similarly whimsical, […]

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One Cool Cat

By Jane Stevenson Toronto Sun TORONTO – Donald Fagen, one half of smart, sarcastic, ’70s jazz-rockers Steely Dan, had a serious case of writers block in the ’80s. But lately the 58-year-old New Jersey-born, Manhattan-based singer-keyboardist-songwriter has been experiencing his most creative period. After two Steely Dan albums — 2000’s Two Against Nature and 2003’s […]

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Donald Fagen: ‘Morph the Cat’

By David Randall Getreadytorock.com I know, it’s awfully uncool to admit you like a Donald Fagen album. Maybe I’m suffering from post-Steely Dan crisis. The erstwhile Dan co-founder, “voice” and keyboards player is back with only his third solo album. In 1982 it was the critically-acclaimed The Nightfly, in 1993 Kamakiriad. ‘Morph The Cat’ has […]

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Fagen Wraps His Strange Trilogy With ‘Morph’

By Jonathan Casey Jazzpolice.com Singer, keyboard player, and oddball songwriter Donald Fagen has laid bare his jazzy aspirations ever since Steely Dan’s Pretzel Logic album, on which he covered Ellington’s “East St. Louis Toodle-Oo” and aped Horace Silver’s “Song For My Father” (compare to the intro of “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”). Never have I […]

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‘Morph the Cat’ Reprise

By Geoffrey Himes Washington Post How do you write a song about homeland security without sounding preachy or trite? On the other hand, how do you make honest music in 2006 without writing about homeland security? Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen solves this challenge on his terrific third solo album, Morph the Cat. He turns newspaper […]

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