May sees them back on the road for dates postponed from late the previous year. As mentioned, Steely Dan continue to perform live extensively. The best sounding cds ever,especially Aja and Gaucho. I sold high end car audio for several years and those two were my demo discs. Had the great fortune of seeing them perform at the New Orleans Jazz Fest a few years ago and Michael Macdonald joined them onstage for a few numbers. What a treat. Their main fault is they they are so studied, so tightly laced in their composition and playing that there is no room for them to breathe! I come fromm a jazz and blues background, and the freedom and looseness of good improvisation is missing. Technically Steely Dan are very good, just not my cup of tea. Why hate mail, you are entitled to your taste, and you point out something that has been a concern for the band.
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Steely Dan is an American rock and jazz fusion band founded in by core members Walter Becker guitars, bass, backing vocals and Donald Fagen keyboards, lead vocals. Rolling Stone has called them "the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies". After the group disbanded in , Becker and Fagen were less active throughout most of the next decade, though a cult following  remained devoted to the group. Since reuniting in , Steely Dan has toured steadily and released two albums of new material, the first of which, Two Against Nature , earned a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. They have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March It sounded like, you know, like a black person, really. Becker and Fagen began playing in local groups. They looked like ghosts—black turtlenecks and skin so white that it looked like yogurt. Absolutely no activity, chain-smoking Lucky Strikes and dope. After Fagen graduated in , the two moved to Brooklyn and tried to peddle their tunes in the Brill Building in midtown Manhattan.
Steely Dan , American rock band. Essentially a studio-based duo, Steely Dan drew from the gamut of American musical styles to create some of the most intelligent and complex pop music of the s. The band members were guitarist Walter Becker b. January 10, , Passaic, New Jersey. Gradually the duo dropped the pretense of being an actual band and ceased touring, preferring to nurture their eccentric ideas with a regular crew of studio musicians that included guitarists Larry Carlton, Elliot Randall, and Hugh McCracken, vocalist-keyboardist Michael McDonald, and drummer Jeff Porcaro. The absence of a formal group liberated Fagen and Becker, who did not have to devote energy to dominating other musicians. Dragging pop music into its high modernist phase, Becker and Fagen took musical ideas from the entire American spectrum, especially jazz , and compressed them into immediately accessible three-minute vignettes.