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Thursday, June 15, 2006

My Old School

…Well, not mine, actually.

Browsing the Steely Dan-oriented blog, Mizar5, I found an enchanting and very personal story on Donald Fagen from Entertainment Weekly, written by Rob Brunner. The bard from Bard College at Annandale-on-Hudson has been back in the spotlight since releasing Morph the Cat back in March, his third and most recent solo album -- an eagerly anticipated date since his last one was over a dozen years ago.

His solo work and collaborations are similar enough in sound (he admits as much himself), so fans of Dan will hardly need to preview it before picking it up! But if you must, check out the slick, full-length “H Gang” streaming at his website. (Of course, reading the article might make you wistful for the more familiar sounds of “My Old School” or “Reelin' in the Years.”)

Read the entire EW story here. Flashbacks include: Dan’s origins and their jazz-rock M.O., Chevy Chase’s impressions of a college-age Fagen, lost love, memories of Jersey and Rikki (yes, that one… perhaps).

And if you haven't yet, buy his previous solo albums: The Nightfly and Kamakiriad. You won't regret it. Ever.

P.S./FYI: The jazzier part of the roster on Morph includes reedmen Walt Weiskopf and Roger Rosenberg as well as trumpeter Marvin Stamm.


  • At 6/16/2006 12:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Been here before and liked the site, too bad i don't have time to read as much as i'd like to, still, somehow the name of your blog now seems appropriate since the Dutch soccerteam (orange) made it to the next round...
    thanks for the link and mentioning Mizar5,
    see you around,


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