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Best Miscellaneous Steely Dan Performances: Steely Dan Sunday

Best Miscellaneous Steely Dan Performances: Steely Dan Sunday

Enough gushing about guitars, saxes and drums. Here are Steely Dan’s five best miscellaneous performances, as selected by our panel.

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.

Steely Dan Sunday, “West Of Hollywood” (2000)

Steely Dan Sunday, “West Of Hollywood” (2000)

<<< BACKWARD (“Negative Girl”) ||| ONWARD (“The Last Mall”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** This past summer there’s been some point and counterpoint on a class of jazz fans called the “jazzbro,”

Steely Dan Sunday, “Negative Girl” (2000)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Negative Girl” (2000)

<<< BACKWARD (“Cousin Dupree”) ||| ONWARD (“West Of Hollywood”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** As we’ve covered earlier in the reviews of this album, there are a number of new players and even a new strategy represented by Two Against Nature.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Cousin Dupree” (2000)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Cousin Dupree” (2000)

<<< BACKWARD (“Jack Of Speed”) ||| ONWARD (“Negative Girl”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** If Two Against Nature was a somewhat unlikely winner Grammy winner for 2001, Album of the Year, the song “Cousin Dupree” was an even more unlikely winner for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Jack Of Speed” (2000)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Jack Of Speed” (2000)

<<< BACKWARD (“Almost Gothic”) ||| ONWARD (“Cousin Dupree”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** If Two Against Nature came out as a L.P. the song “Jack of Speed” would have made a perfect side two opener. It’s funky, it rocks, it’s sophisticated.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Almost Gothic” (2000)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Almost Gothic” (2000)

<<< BACKWARD (“Janie Runaway”) ||| ONWARD (“Jack Of Speed”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Not many Billboard top 10 albums have a homage to hookers, but Two Against Nature continues the Steely Dan tradition

Steely Dan Sunday, “Janie Runaway” (2000)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Janie Runaway” (2000)

<<< BACKWARD (“Two Against Nature”) ||| ONWARD (“Almost Gothic”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Crisp, dry production, a lean groove — anchored by Becker’s usual fat, bubbling bass line — and Fagen’s smart horn arrangement, “Janie Runaway” is an agreeable little mid-tempo number

Steely Dan Sunday, “Two Against Nature” (2000)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Two Against Nature” (2000)

Keith Carlock was under the impression he would never be used as a Steely Dan drummer again. Of course, the rest is history.

Steely Dan Sunday, “What A Shame About Me” (2000)

Steely Dan Sunday, “What A Shame About Me” (2000)

<<< BACKWARD (“Gaslighting Abbie”) ||| ONWARD (“Two Against Nature”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Here’s the setup: A self-pitying tale about a promising life wasted at the onset of middle age having chance encounter with an old flame who became rich and famous.

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