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New Music Review: Sunken Condos, Donald Fagen (Reprise)

By Bernard Perusse Montreal Gazette Donald Fagen Sunken Condos Reprise Rating: 4 stars If there’s an opposite to smoke and mirrors, Donald Fagen continues to hunt for it on his fourth solo album in 30 years. There’s plenty of space here for all instruments to find a spot, with no players crowding the others out […]

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Catnip for Steely Dan Fans — Ten Days at NYC’s Beacon

By Joan K. Smith Huffington Post How far would you travel for a concert? How about across the country? Or across the world? It was still September when a gaggle of particularly obsessive music fans descended on New York City from near and far for a singular purpose: The ten-day run of seven Steely Dan […]

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Need a Fresh Education on Steely Dan? Start Here

By Rashod Ollison The Virginian-Pilot Steely Dan’s eternally hip, gloriously complex sound becomes more alluring with repeated listens. Sure, the cryptic lyrics, which Donald Fagen often sang with a dollop of sarcasm, still leave you scratching your head after all these years. But more than four decades since Steely Dan’s pop heyday, its meticulous synthesis […]

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Klein and Hadar: Recording ‘Circus Money’

For his second solo album, Steely Dan’s Walter Becker made the unexpected decision to apply his band’s high production values and jazzy sophistication to the world of reggae. By Paul Tingen Sound on Sound The relaxed, sensual rhythms and simple harmonic structures of reggae are, in many ways, the antithesis of the cerebral jazz-rock universe […]

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Walter Becker: Circus Money (2008)

By Mike Perciaccante AllAboutJazz.com 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 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 […]

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Becker’s ‘Money’: Steely Dan Roots Show on Solo Album

By Richard Cromelin Los Angeles Times Walter Becker Circus Money Mailboat *** “Then you find you’re back in Vegas with a handle in your hand” goes a memorable line from Steely Dan’s debut hit, “Do It Again.” Thirty-six years later, Steely Dan co-auteur Walter Becker is still positioning characters in front of the slot machines. […]

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The Nightfly Revisited

By Ted Giola Jazz.com When jazz fans look back at the fusion music of the late 1960s and 1970s, they tend to see only half of the picture. They remember the jazz musicians who crossed over to the rock and pop charts, but they forget the other side of the equation — the rock and […]

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‘The Nightfly’ Still Lives at 25

By Robert J. Toth The Wall Street Journal One of pop music’s sneakiest masterpieces has turned 25. Often, an album rises from regular best-seller to classic status because it captures the temper of its times. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” for instance, simply sounds like 1967, trippy and disarrayed. But “The Nightfly,” the 1982 […]

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Donald Fagen: Morph the Cat

By Woodrow Wilkins AllAboutJazz.com There’s an engaging quality to Donald Fagen’s songwriting and perfectionism that makes Steely Dan fans flock to his solo albums. While The Nightfly (1982) and Kamakiriad (1993) were expressly Fagen, Morph the Cat closely resembles Steely Dan without Walter Becker. The lineup partially reflects the ensemble that recorded the Dan’s 2003 release, Everything Must Go, and toured with […]

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Who Is Morph the Cat?

By Fred Kaplan Slate It doesn’t happen often, but whenever Steely Dan — or one of its leaders, Donald Fagen or Walter Becker — comes out with a new album, the band’s more obsessive fans pore over the lyric sheets like a squad of Yalie lit crits, scrambling to decipher the cryptic allusions. They’re the most […]

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