Steely Dan – Aja

Aja is the sixth album by the jazz rock band Steely Dan.  In 2003, Steely Dan – Aja 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

Musician

Donald Fagen – lead vocals (all tracks), synthesizer (all tracks but 4), police whistle (2), backing vocals (2, 5, 7)
Walter Becker – bass (3), guitar (2), guitar solos (5, 6, 7)
Victor Feldman – electric piano (1, 3, 7), vibraphone (5, 6), piano (5, 6), percussion (2, 4)
Joe Sample – electric piano (2), clavinet (1)
Paul Griffin – electric piano (4), backing vocals (4)
Michael Omartian – piano (2)
Don Grolnick – clavinet (4)
Larry Carlton – guitar (1, 2, 3, 5, 7), guitar solo (6)
Denny Dias (2), Dean Parks (3, 6, 7), Steve Khan (4) – guitar
Jay Graydon – solo guitar (4)
Chuck Rainey – bass (all but 3)
Paul Humphrey (1), Steve Gadd (2), Bernard Purdie (3, 5), Rick Marotta (4), Ed Greene (6)- drums
Jim Keltner – drums (7), percussion (7)
Gary Coleman – percussion (4)
Tom Scott – tenor saxophone (1), lyricon (4), horn arrangements
Wayne Shorter (2), Pete Christlieb (3) – tenor saxophone
Michael McDonald (4, 6), Timothy B. Schmit (2, 5, 7), Clydie King (1, 3, 6), Sherlie Matthews (1, 3, 6), Venetta Fields (1, 3, 6), Rebecca Louis (1, 6) – backing vocals
Jim Horn, Bill Perkins, Plas Johnson, Jackie Kelso – saxes/flutes
Chuck Findley, Lou McCreary, Slyde Hyde – brass

 

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

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  • Steve 3102 1 year ago

    Absolute masterpiece from the Dan.