Still love Steely Dan. Sad to hear of Walter Becker’s passing.
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Just heard, this is sad. R.I.P
Seriously 2017? NOT cool!
Even though I'm a youngster that was born after most of Steely Dan's output came out, it is the band that I've consistently returned to throughout my twenties and thirties. So many layers of complexity that you're never really "done" with it.
Walter was a great musician, and funny and charming the few times I got to see them in concert.
So long, and thanks for all the music.
Damnit. :::banging head violently against wall:::
My yout' is blowing away.
(YOU can call me Larry)
So very very sad. I've admired and enjoyed Steely Dan since they released their first record all those years ago, and also Walter was far too young to leave us. Donald Fagen and the band intend to carry on, but Walter will still be missed.
Frank E. Lancaster
I've been a fan of Steely Dan, and Walter Becker, for a very long time. I first heard tracks from "Can't Buy A Thrill" on the local "underground" FM and immediately started saving my pennies. I think I purchased every album within weeks of release. I spent some time trying to learn the guitar parts, but eventually accepted that these albums served a different purpose - learning about music, and sometimes just plain enjoying the music.
They wrote and recorded some remarkable stuff, they demonstrated some remarkable excesses in the studio, and they made a point of swimming up stream. I am grateful for all of these things!
Rest In Peace Walter Becker! And thank for everything!
Spent a portion of last night watching this remarkable documentary on the making of AJA.
Highly recommended for those of us grieving the passing of a super talented musician who was a part of the fabric of our lives. RIP Walter.
Nothing to add to all of the above, except still more sadness, and an equally large amount of "Thank you, Mr. Becker"'s.
Walter was a really tasteful player. It takes a certain kind of ego as a writer to step back from your own playing and hire (scads of) other people who will bring something new to the music you write.
(YOU can call me Larry)
In rememberance I listened to Steely Dan most of yesterday, but don't forget Walter's solo output that allowed him to get really trippy with his reggae / dub influences.
Love this song:
Fine musician and songwriter. I admit Steely Dan was one of those bands who weren't quite my cup of tea, even though I always thought they were really good at what they did. (I do like Do it Again. Great song.)
I have a ticket to see Steely Dan in Dublin in December... Thanks for all the great music and great times Walter.
(As I write this, strangely "Third World Man" comes in to my head. Great song).
A wonderful composer, lyricist, musician and humorist. I love the video where he and Fagen are listening down to some of the solos they had guys in to record before jay graydon did his. They listen to one particularly ill fitting solo, there's a pause and Becker says, "speaks for itself, really". Gonna miss this guy a lot. In getting back into guitar playing about 10 years ago I played in a steely dan cover band for a couple of years. Never thought I'd join one of those kinds of bands, but it got my chops back together by finally learning the skunk baxter, larry carlton etc solos and all that wonderful comping on the records. I've always been a fan of theirs, wore out the grooves on countdown to ecstasy, royal scam, aja, loved the nightly... but after playing their music for a while I became even more hardcore. Morph The Cat, on one of fagen's solo records is just such a badass song. Fagen remarked about it, "why can't the apocalypse be sexy"?
Recently hooked up with a fantastic guitarist in a cover band that does 2 x 90 minute shows.
Last rehearsal was last night and the last 6 songs were added.
Reeling in the Years was one of them.
I practiced my ass off being able to play piano + double leads by Skunk as I assumed I could impress the guys b6 learning all parts.
We got to the Solo part and I called up my split but to my surprise this kid used his Pedalboard Harmonizer presets like a master.
Must say I don’t get impressed often as I work with excellent performers all of the time, but it was a perfect match of talent and technology.
So nice just to get to play Piano only on a song, been a while.
Another song where this kid shocked me was Yours is no disgrace by Yes.
Never played Steele’s Dan before.
Really love this music.
Their harmonies and grooves are awesome to learn. Try "Josie" sometime and listen to how they bend a blues into something fresh, or "Aja" for amazing harmonies and arranging.
(YOU can call me Larry)
Yes, amazing music & amazing performers. "Green Earrings" is another favourite of mine... those chords & chord progressions... the groove...
Went to Steely Dan last night at the 3Arena in Dublin - Doobie Brothers were supporting and the sound was awful (and the songs were pretty bland / same-y as well, apart from the great harmonies and the two big hits) and I thought, oh no this is going to be a repeat of when I saw Steely Dan 15 years or so ago in the same place, when the sound was so awful it ruined it - and I was thinking oh no I've shelled out €100 for nothing... We were up in 'the gods' looking down.
BUT the Dan were bloody wonderful - their guy must have got on the desk and fixed the sound - he/she turned the volume down for starters, took most of the bass rumble mud out - and wow what a gig - what a sound and performance - the trademark line-up - 4 horn section, and the 3 "Dannettes", Jon Herrington on guitar - he was stellar, don't know the rest of the line-up, the drummer was awesome, created such a groove all night, and Donald's vocal was spot on and he was in great form. Their live rendition of Black Cow and Aja was unbelievable. But the best part for me was the combination of the band and the audience reaction - you could just about hear the crowd sing every bloody word of every song (and in tune and in time).
I didn't realise till then how many of their songs actually have tremendously catchy and singable melodies (even though the chords can be as complex as bedamned).
The crowd were especially vocal on "Well I'm never goin' back to my old school"