Aja

Aja

by Steely Dan

CD(Remastered)

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Overview

By this late stage, Steely Dan was less a band than an all-star aggregation of studio musicians assembled to perform the works of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. On AJA, the two leaders assembled one of their finest units and made them sound like a road-tested, hard-bop quintet (and in fact, the band included legendary jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter). Though the lyrics on "Aja" and "Black Cow" were typically oblique, the Steely Dan sound touched a pop nerve, as proved by the staying power of the latter song's billowy bass line, sampled in the late '90s for hits by Tatyana Ali and Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz. And when Fagen and Becker turned wistful on "Deacon Blues" -- particularly the verse, "They call Alabama the Crimson Tide/Call me Deacon Blues" -- they created an enduring hit. "Peg," "I Got the News," and "Josie" also found their way onto certain radio formats, but, sadly, this recording marked the end of a glorious era for Steely Dan: The duo released one more album before moving on to solo projects and, ultimately, the obligatory reunion efforts.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/1999
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811205621
catalogNumber: 112056
Rank: 2109

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steely Dan   Primary Artist
Donald Fagen   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Whistle (Instrument)
Michael McDonald   Vocals,Background Vocals
Larry Carlton   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Pete Christlieb   Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Victor Feldman   Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vibes
Don Grolnick   Keyboards,Clavinet
Plas Johnson   Flute,Saxophone
Steve Khan   Guitar
Bill Perkins   Flute,Horn,Saxophone
Joe Sample   Keyboards,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Tom Scott   Flute,Conductor,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Lyricon
Wayne Shorter   Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Paul Humphrey   Drums
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Clydie King   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Percussion,Drums
Walter Becker   Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Venetta Fields   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chuck Findley   Horn,Brass
Steve Gadd   Drums
Jay Graydon   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ed Greene   Drums
Paul Griffin   Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Horn   Flute,Saxophone
Jackie Kelso   Flute,Horn,Saxophone
Rebecca Louis   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rick Marotta   Drums
Lew McCreary   Horn,Brass
Michael Omartian   Piano,Keyboards
Dean Parks   Guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Lee Ritenour   Guitar
Timothy B. Schmit   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Denny Dias   Guitar
Dick Hyde   Trombone,Brass
Sherlie Matthews   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Donald Fagen   Liner Notes
Tom Scott   Horn Arrangements,Horn Conductor
Walter Becker   Liner Notes
Irving Azoff   Contributor
Gary Katz   Producer
Roger Nichols   Engineer
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Michael Diehl   Reissue Design
Dinky Dawson   Sound Consultant

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