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Steely Dan Sunday, “I Can’t Write Home About You” (1980)

Steely Dan Sunday, “I Can’t Write Home About You” (1980)

A crown-jewel Steely Dan outtake from around the ‘Gaucho’ recording sessions.

S. Victor Aaron’s Mid-Year Best of 2014  (Non-Jazz): Jack White, Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Drive-By Truckers, Lucinda Williams

S. Victor Aaron’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Non-Jazz): Jack White, Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Drive-By Truckers, Lucinda Williams

Here are the seven best albums outside of realm of jazz so far in 2014. So says me.

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

Steely Dan Sunday, “Dallas/Sail The Waterway” (1972)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Dallas/Sail The Waterway” (1972)

At this point, they weren’t quite brilliant yet. But Steely Dan was on its way there.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Planet D’Rhonda” (2012)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Planet D’Rhonda” (2012)

While “Planet D ‘Rhonda” may not be as great as “Miss Marlene” and “Good Stuff,” it does end ‘Sunken Condos’ on a strong and convincing musical note.

Jack White – Lazaretto (2014)

Jack White – Lazaretto (2014)

White’s “old, yet new” vibe again has him brilliantly mixing seemingly unrelated styles.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Good Stuff” (2012)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Good Stuff” (2012)

This time Fagen brings lyrics which are a equal to his stellar arrangements.

Me’Shell Ndegéocello – Comet, Come to Me (2014)

Me’Shell Ndegéocello – Comet, Come to Me (2014)

Ndegéocello has a complete command of music in its many forms – and the creativity to forge something different.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Miss Marlene” (2012)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Miss Marlene” (2012)

In praise of a song about bowling – yes, about bowling – from Donald Fagen’s ‘Sunken Condos.’

War – Greatest Hits (1976; 2014 reissue)

War – Greatest Hits (1976; 2014 reissue)

A force in its day, the music of this seminal funk-jazz-rock combo remains very much potent today.