Donald Fagen and Michael Becker met for the first time at Bard College in 1967. Little did they know that they would cause a major revolution in popular music within the next 10 years. Soulful vocals coupled with fusion jazz and rock gave Steely Dan their intensive and sophisticated signature sound.
Steely Dan is still "reeling in the years." The new album is incredibly nostalgic. But why fix it if it ain't broken. The cool saxophone phrasings of David Tofani, the unique and interesting guitar runs by Walter Becker are as alluring as ever. The sixth track "Jack Of Speed" shows airplay potential, yet slightly too long at 6:19 minutes. From the first track "Gaslighting Abbie" to the last "West Of Hollywood," all of the nine tracks groove. So rush out and buy this very enjoyable album, unless you were one of the lucky ones who won it at our web site, orcasound.com.
I witnessed Steely Dan and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra perform together live a few years ago. They put on a marvelous concert. Steely Dan will be on tour this summer ( without the V.S.O. ), unfortunately they are not headed to Montreal. The closest locations are July 1, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and July 15, in Mansfield, Ma.