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Steely Dan’s Aja at 40: Still the pinnacle of jazz-pop sophistication

Steely Dan’s Aja at 40: Still the pinnacle of jazz-pop sophistication

Steely Dan’s ‘Aja’ set the bar for finesse in pop and rock music, and that bar hadn’t been cleared yet.

Joe Sample + NDR Bigband Orchestra – Children Of The Sun (2015)

Joe Sample + NDR Bigband Orchestra – Children Of The Sun (2015)

Here’s a review of Joe Sample’s last album completed before his September 2014 death, the big band encounter ‘Children of the Sun.’

Best Steely Dan keyboard performances: Steely Dan Sunday

Best Steely Dan keyboard performances: Steely Dan Sunday

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

An Appreciation: Joe Sample and the Crusaders, “It Happens Everyday” (1977)

An Appreciation: Joe Sample and the Crusaders, “It Happens Everyday” (1977)

Remembering a drop-dead gorgeous tone poem that was so emblematic.

On Second Thought: Joe Sample – Rainbow Seeker (1978)

On Second Thought: Joe Sample – Rainbow Seeker (1978)

So yesterday I read Matthew Shipp’s review of Keith Jarrett’s latest album Somewhere, or least ostensibly, it was a review.

Randy Crawford and Joe Sample – Live With Steve Gadd (2012)

Sometimes an artist’s lack of success in America remains a puzzle. No better example exists than Randy Crawford, the rare R&B vocalist who can handle jazz with equal aplomb.

Gimme Five: Say what?!? Jazz music's most surprising albums

“Jazz is the sound of surprise.” — jazz critic Whitney Balliett, 1926-2007

Swingadelic – The Other Duke: Tribute to Duke Pearson (2011)

Better known for helping shape the Blue Note Records hard bop sound as a producer in the 1960s, pianist Duke Pearson also led his own big band before succumbing to the ravages of multiple sclerosis at age 47.

One Track Mind: Joe Sample "Rainbow Seeker" (1978)

One Track Mind: Joe Sample "Rainbow Seeker" (1978)

by Pico Back in the late seventies my oldest brother would come home from college for the weekend and bring with him records by all these fusion and crossover jazz figures that I hadn’t heard of before but sounded good to my younger ears. That’s how I first got to know about guys like Jean-Luc Ponty, The Jeff Lorber FusionRead More

One Track Mind: Michael Franks, "Popsicle Toes" (1975)

by S. Victor Aaron Most of the times that I choose a song for this here “One Track Mind” series is because the song simply sounds good to me. Then I’ll dive into my spiel as to why it does. Today’s OTM has it’s own intrinsic virtues, too, but it gets the focus this time because of a phone callRead More

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