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S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2017  (Part 1 of 4, Non-Jazz): Taj Mahal/Keb’ Mo’, Blackfield, Arto Lindsay

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2017 (Part 1 of 4, Non-Jazz): Taj Mahal/Keb’ Mo’, Blackfield, Arto Lindsay

Even in my jazz-centric world, I can come upon enough standout non-jazz records to put together a decent-sized Best of 2017 list.

Living Colour, Steve Hackett, David Crosby, Michael McDonald + Others: Preston Frazier’s Best Rock and Pop of 2017

Living Colour, Steve Hackett, David Crosby, Michael McDonald + Others: Preston Frazier’s Best Rock and Pop of 2017

Preston Frazier’s Best Rock and Pop of 2017 list touches on projects from established legends, as well as up-and-coming and criminally under-appreciated acts.

Michael McDonald – Wide Open (2017)

Michael McDonald – Wide Open (2017)

‘Wide Open’ may well be Michael McDonald’s most musically dense and compelling studio project – and that’s saying something.

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.

Michael McDonald, “Find It In Your Heart” from Wide Open (2017): One Track Mind

Michael McDonald, “Find It In Your Heart” from Wide Open (2017): One Track Mind

Michael McDonald’s “Find It In Your Heart” fits comfortably in his canon of strong love songs, and is a welcome return of the master.

Doobie Brothers’ Minute by Minute was more than ‘What a Fool Believes’

Doobie Brothers’ Minute by Minute was more than ‘What a Fool Believes’

The Doobie Brothers’ ‘Minute by Minute,’ released on Dec. 1, 1978, features most people’s favorite Michael McDonald-era song. But mine’s not “What a Fool Believes.”

Steely Dan Sunday: Katy Lied turns 40 this month

Steely Dan Sunday: Katy Lied turns 40 this month

This month, Steely Dan’s ‘Katy Lied’ turned 40 years old. Here are some reasons why it’s good enough to overcome an infamous mixing fiasco.

Michael McDonald – This Christmas (2010): On Second Thought

Michael McDonald – This Christmas (2010): On Second Thought

Michael McDonald can come off as a guilty pleasure, principally because his voice was so often caught in a web of too-slick production. Not here.

Toto and Michael McDonald, August 29, 2014: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Toto and Michael McDonald, August 29, 2014: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Toto just seems to get better with age – and Michael McDonald held his own.

Inside Michael McDonald’s off-the-cuff audition for the Doobie Brothers: ‘He mouths at me, Oh my God’

Inside Michael McDonald’s off-the-cuff audition for the Doobie Brothers: ‘He mouths at me, Oh my God’

When Tom Johnston’s health faltered, producer Ted Templeman initially approached Patrick Simmons about fronting the Doobie Brothers. Simmons had another idea.

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