Steely Dan – Aja

Steely Dan – Aja is the sixth album by the jazz rock band Steely Dan.  In 2003, the album was ranked number 145 on Rolling Stone’s « The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time » list.

Donald Fagen has said the title of the album comes from the name of a Korean woman who married the brother of a high-school friend of his. The cover photo by Hideki Fujii features Japanese model/actress Sayoko Yamaguchi.
Summarising the style of the band at the time the album was released, music critic Andy Gill said: « Jazz-rock was a fundamental part of the 70s musical landscape.. but Steely Dan weren’t a band of rock or pop music with ideas above its station, and it wasn’t jazzers slumming… it was a very well-forged alloy of the two – you couldn’t separate the jazz music from the pop in their music

AMG Review: Steely Dan hadn’t been a real working band since Pretzel Logic, but with Steely Dan – Aja, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen’s obsession with sonic detail and fascination with composition reached new heights. A coolly textured and immaculately produced collection of sophisticated jazz-rock, Aja has none of the overt cynicism or self-consciously challenging music that distinguished previous Steely Dan records. Instead, it’s a measured and textured album, filled with subtle melodies and accomplished, jazzy solos that blend easily into the lush instrumental backdrops. But Steely Dan – Aja isn’t just about texture, since Becker and Fagen’s songs are their most complex and musically rich set of songs — even the simplest song, the sunny pop of « Peg, » has layers of jazzy vocal harmonies. In fact, Steely Dan ignores rock on here, preferring to fuse cool jazz, blues, and pop together in a seamless, seductive fashion. It’s complex music delivered with ease, and although the duo’s preoccupation with clean sound and self-consciously sophisticated arrangements would eventually lead to a dead end, It’s a shining example of jazz-rock at its finest. –Stephen Thomas Erlewine


Steely Dan – Aja Tracklist

  1.  Black Cow – 0:00
  2.  Aja – 5:10
  3. Deacon Blues – 13:07
  4.  Peg – 20:44
  5. Home at Last – 24:44
  6. I Got the News – 30:19
  7. Josie – 35:26

Steely Dan - Aja

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  • Johne905 il y a 9 mois

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  • Steve 3102 il y a 10 mois

    Absolute masterpiece from the Dan.