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Best Steely Dan bass performances: Steely Dan Sunday

Best Steely Dan bass performances: Steely Dan Sunday

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

Gimme Five: 1980s smooth jazz albums that don’t, you know, suck

How do you react when you hear or read the term “smooth jazz”? Does it conjure up visions of Kenny G flittering up and down scales as he’s swaying with his long, curly locks tousling about and holding his straight sax off to the side of his mouth?

Steely Dan Sunday, "Walk Between Raindrops" (1982)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** “Ruby Baby” is the only cover on The Nightfly but when I first heard the buoyant, innocent love song “Walk Between Raindrops,” I thought it was a soul-jazz take on some pop ditty from the late 50s/early 60s, too.

Steely Dan Sunday, "The Goodbye Look" (1982)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Fagen’s dry wit comes to the fore on this song about an American couple on holiday at a Caribbean resort when an revolution happens upon them.

Steely Dan Sunday: “The Nightfly” (1982)

Steely Dan Sunday: “The Nightfly” (1982)

This tale of a melancholy late-night radio show host from Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen belies what’s going on with the music behind it.

Steely Dan Sunday” “Ruby Baby” (1982)

Steely Dan Sunday” “Ruby Baby” (1982)

For only the second — and last — time in this series, we’re discussing a cover song. When Fagen decided to theme an album on “certain fantasies that might have been entertained by a young man growing up in the remote suburbs of a northeastern city during the late ’50s and early ’60s,” he could have easily filled it withRead More

Steely Dan Sunday: “I.G.Y.” (1982)

Steely Dan Sunday: “I.G.Y.” (1982)

Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen’s first solo album is what I like to call his “George Harrison” moment.

Steely Dan Sunday: A compilation of all the main entries

Steely Dan Sunday: A compilation of all the main entries

Hard to believe that more than fifteen months ago I embarked on a long-term project reviewing Steely Dan, track-by-track, in the same order within the albums, and chronological order amongst the albums.

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