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Donald Fagen (left) and Walter Becker of Steely Dan. (Courtesy of the artist)

Steely Dan On Piano Jazz

Apr 18, 2014

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In Steely Dan, guitarist Walter Becker and singer-pianist Donald Fagen are masters of irony and erudition. They grew up listening to Bill Evans, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington. Since the late 1960s, they have been a musical Rubik's Cube, continually honing their integration of jazz and rock. The pair performs Steely Dan hits "Josie" and "Chain Lightning" as well as standards "Mood Indigo" and "Hesitation Blues."

Originally recorded July 23, 2002. Originally aired in 2003.

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Set List

  • "Limbo Jazz" (D. Ellington)
  • "Josie" (Fagen, Becker)
  • "Mood Indigo" (D. Ellington, Bigard, Mills)
  • "Star Eyes" (De Paul, Raye)
  • "Hesitating Blues" (W.C. Handy)
  • "Things Ain't the Way They Used to Be" (M. Ellington, Persons)
  • "Chain Lightning" (Fagen, Becker)
  • "Black Friday" (Fagen, Becker)

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