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Download Steely Dan's Aja ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Hit singles Odd then that its creators saw it as an ambitious extended work the apotheosis of their anti rock anti band anti glamour aesthetic Populated by thirty fi ve mostly jazz session players Aja served up prewar song forms mixed meters and Even boring than the album

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Download Steely Dan's Aja ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Extended solos to a generation whose idea of pop daring was Paul letting Linda sing lead once in a while And impossibly it sold Including an in depth interview with Donald Fagen this book paints a detailed picture of the making of a masterpiece This exhaustive yet very readable book is for true Steely Dan fans only And this scarcely needs saying jazz musicians too Don Breithaupt from the terrific band Monkey House takes apart Don and Walter s masterpiece song by song facet by fact chord by chord instrument by instrument player by player groove by groove Aja is a classic desert island album one that reveals new details with every listen For an album that took as long as it did to put together it still sounds remarkably spontaneous at times yet perfect Many stories have been told about the finickiness with which Fagen and Becker chose soloists rhythm section members everything The story of how they went through six or seven different guitar players before studio musician Jay Graydon finally gave them the solo they wanted on Peg is legendary in the music world Breithaupt s writing is literate erudite on the subject of music theory and full of cultural reference humor He floored me with a hilarious Spinal Tap reference while discussing Steve Gadd s drum solo on the title track I won t spoil it for you though Master your Mindset yet very readable book is for true Steely Dan fans only And this scarcely needs saying jazz musicians too Don Breithaupt from the terrific band Monkey House takes apart Don and Walter s masterpiece song by song facet by fact chord by chord instrument by instrument player by player groove by groove Aja is a classic desert island album one that reveals new details with every listen For an album that took as long as it did to put together it still sounds remarkably spontaneous at times The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Your Carbon Footprint Pocket Idiot's Guide yet perfect Many stories have been told about the finickiness with which Fagen and Becker chose soloists rhythm section members everything The story of how they went through six or seven different guitar players before studio musician Jay Graydon finally gave them the solo they wanted on Peg is legendary in the music world Breithaupt s writing is literate erudite on the subject of music theory and full of cultural reference humor He floored me with a hilarious Spinal Tap reference while discussing Steve Gadd s drum solo on the title track I won t spoil it for Niets was wat het leek you though

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Download Steely Dan's Aja ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Aja was the album that made Steely Dan a commercial force on the order of contemporaries like Fleetwood Mac the Eagles and Chicago A double platinum Grammy winning bestseller it lingered on the Billboard charts for than a year and spawned three I bought Steely Dan s Aja fresh off the vinyl LP printing presses back in 1977 and have been its devotee ever since but a recent listen to it had me pondering whether I had been coming at it with the unuestioning manner of a thoroughly inculcated sycophant still sporting the rose colored glasses of nostalgia In short some of it began to sound dated to me and I hate using that word in the context of valid art criticism but it cannot be avoided Some of the music sounded to me like stuff from 70s TV shows This might not be accidental though as Steely Dan s masterminds Donald Fagan and Walter Becker used musicians from all parts and eras of show business who played in every genre including session players from TVIn fact my favorite anecdotes in this book relate how perfectionists Fagan and Becker often burned through seasoned players one after another discarding or barely using snatches of their solo work in their complex mixes in favor of solos done by lesser known musicians Tonight Show band member Pete Christlieb for instance was selected rather incongruously for a tenor sax solo on Deacon Blues In another instance the relatively obscure Jay Graydon nailed the electric guitar solo on Peg after the Dan discarded the solos of eight other prominent players Aja which can be described most pithily though inelegantly as a jazz rock fusion album was the product of a adventurous time in music when creative auteurs had leeway and radio playlists were eclectic Fagan and Becker were given all the studio time and money they wanted to pursue their relentless perfectionism and they made this album the way Stanley Kubrick made movies slowly and without compromise discarding take after take until they heard sounds that matched their unconventional sound world visionsThe album still holds up as the cafe pop it has always been treated as but that and its prominence wafting softly and perhaps rather too comfortably through the corridors of doctors and dentists offices has made the music somewhat suspect to many who prefer a grittier vision of rock Even among the Dan s fans there is a bit of a schism between those who like the totality of the band and those who favor their conventional feel good stadium rock ditties of the early 70s before they became such thoroughly artsy fusionistsDon Breithaupt the author of this rather good but problematic examination of the making of this album and its musical content became obsessive over the band and this record and has attempted to write a compact survey of record on it that conforms to the 100 page format of the 33 13 series of books devoted to classic albumsThe second half of the book which relates of the making of stories will be enjoyable to the non musician than the first half which devotes an inordinate amount of text to technical musical jargon that will be meaningless to mostI am recommending the book to fans of the band and of the album but would strongly suggest you first watch the 1999 hour long documentary Classic Albums Steely Dan Aja which covers much of the same ground with humor and flavor and shows Fagan and Becker doing astounding things at the mixing board Watching the documentary the genius of these men is very apparent while in this book is it a bit harder to ascertainBut I did find the book illuminating There are delightful anecdotes about drummer Bernard Purdie the accurately self proclaimed hitmaker and Wayne Shorter the jazz master who was reluctant to do the Aja session until a rep told him that the Dan loved another jazz sax master and one of my faves Jackie McLeanThe documentary amusingly shows Fagan mimicking the rap sampled version of Black Cow that was done by hip hopper Lord Tari and it s also worth noting that rapper MF Doom sampled the track on his haunting 1999 DYI rap album Operation Doomsday The book s failure to sufficiently mention Aja s influence on hip hop sampling seems an oversight given that rappers have tended to be the most creative musical artists in recent years compared to the rest of the pop worldFagan rather glibly is uoted as saying the band s eclectic sonic experiments were done just to keep ourselves from getting bored but clearly its creations and their realization go much deeper As Fagan also observed Most people in pop music never think about development unless it s louder and faster And as Breithaupt observes Aja is sonata than Sinatra and it is an album that does not follow the rock pop verse chorus paradigmDespite my relatively low rating mainly because I see this as a specialty book I m recommending the book to fans But again in tandem with the documentaryKRKY 2016

  • Paperback
  • 144
  • Steely Dan's Aja
  • Don Breithaupt
  • English
  • 26 May 2020
  • 9780826427830