Articles by: Preston Frazier

One Track Mind: Catherine Russell, “Aged and Mellow” from Bring It Back (2014)

Russell always rises to the occasion, whether with Steely Dan, the Dukes of September – or on this terrific new song.

On Second Thought: Joni Mitchell – Night Ride Home (1991)

Joni Mitchell ended her tenure at Geffen with the lovely and understated ‘Night Ride Home’ — an album that in many ways works in stark contrast to its predecessor.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Weather In My Head” (2012)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Weather In My Head” (2012)

<<< BACKWARD (“Memorabilia”) ||| ONWARD (“The New Breed”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Side two of Donald Fagen’s Sunken Condos, that is if you bought the neat-looking clear vinyl version, starts smartly with the track “Weather In My Head.”

Steely Dan Sunday, “Memorabilia” (2012)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Memorabilia” (2012)

<<< BACKWARD (“I’m Not The Same Without You”) ||| “>ONWARD (“Weather In My Head”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** I love most Steely Dan songs. I love most Walter Becker songs. I love a few Donald Fagen songs and dismiss a few of them (actually I dismissed a chunk of the Morph the Cat album).

On Second Thought: Joni Mitchell – Chalk Mark in a Rainstorm (1988)

On Second Thought: Joni Mitchell – Chalk Mark in a Rainstorm (1988)

The guest-packed Chalk Mark in a Rainstorm represents yet another left turn in Joni Mitchell’s fabled career. Following the release of 1985’s strident and terse Dog Eat Dog, Mitchell and co-producer/bassist Larry Klein return with a lush, sophisticated and elegant work

Steely Dan Sunday, “I’m Not The Same Without You” (2012)

Steely Dan Sunday, “I’m Not The Same Without You” (2012)

“I’m Not The Same Without You” is a fine leadoff single from Sunken Condos. The song reached number 12 on the Billboard 200 and charted well in Japan in Europe as well.

On Second Thought: Joni Mitchell – Dog Eat Dog (1985)

I mentioned last week in my look back at Joni Mitchell’s Wild Things Run Fast that it was her first album for Geffen Records — and one which left a major impact on me.

Chris Greene Quartet – Music Appreciation (2014)

Chris Greene Quartet – Music Appreciation (2014)

Chris Greene, and all of ‘Music Appreciation,’ builds in intensity and power but never forsakes subtlety.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Slinky Thing” (2012)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Slinky Thing” (2012)

<<< BACKWARD (“Three Picture Deal”) ||| ONWARD (“I’m Not The Same Without You”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Walter Becker’s Circus Money was released in 2008. Though there hasn’t been a Steely Dan album since 2003’s Everything Must Go, the eleven years since have proven to be the most active period in Steely Dan history

On Second Thought: Joni Mitchell – Wild Things Run Fast (1982)

I’ve always loved the six degrees of separation concept as it relates to my musical discoveries. The career of Joni Mitchell is a perfect example of that.

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