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Best Steely Dan saxophone solos: Steely Dan Sunday

Best Steely Dan saxophone solos: Steely Dan Sunday

Here are Steely Dan’s five best sax solos, selected in tandem by our panel of Steely Dan authorities.

Steely Dan’s Gaucho: An album doomed from the start?

Steely Dan’s Gaucho: An album doomed from the start?

Steely Dan’s ‘Gaucho’ was issued 34 years ago today. Getting it to the point of release was no easy task.

Best Steely Dan Ballads: Steely Dan Sunday

Best Steely Dan Ballads: Steely Dan Sunday

S. Victor Aaron picks five standout Steely Dan ballads.

Best Donald Fagen songs: Steely Dan Sunday

Best Donald Fagen songs: Steely Dan Sunday

Steely Dan fanatics John Lawler, Preston Frazier and S. Victor Aaron choose their five favorite songs from frontman Donald Fagen.

A new Steely Dan album? Here’s one that would be dandy: Steely Dan Sunday

A new Steely Dan album? Here’s one that would be dandy: Steely Dan Sunday

We humbly offer up suggested songs for a new Steely Dan album, culled from outtakes, live-only songs and one famous erasure.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Talkin’ ‘Bout My Home” (1980?, unreleased)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Talkin’ ‘Bout My Home” (1980?, unreleased)

Catchy, but ultimately a bit less compelling than other ‘Gaucho’ outtakes.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Kind Spirit” (1980?)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Kind Spirit” (1980?)

Another unfinished diamond in the rough that evokes a feeling of what could have been.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Kulee Baba” (1980, unreleased)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Kulee Baba” (1980, unreleased)

“Kulee Baba,” when Steely Dan goes global. Ahhh, the CD. Those plastic discs of music we used before iTunes. With a noise reduction system Donald Fagen and Walter Becker were crying for when (mis)mastering Katy Lied. Seventy minutes worth and no static at all. CDs arrived commercially in the Fall of ’82, and quickly became the medium of audio-blaring choice.Read More

WTF?! Wednesdays: John Zorn, “Chronology” from Spy vs. Spy (1989)

WTF?! Wednesdays: John Zorn, “Chronology” from Spy vs. Spy (1989)

I wonder what Ornette thinks of this stuff?

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Offramp” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Offramp” (1981)

Some think Metheny is joking around, that he couldn’t possibly like “all of this noise.”

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