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Sneak Peek | Classic Albums: Steely Dan – Aja

When Steely Dan released their sixth LP, Aja, the band soared to a whole new level. Aja solidified Steely Dan founders’ Fagen and Becker into jazz-pop superstars. With intricate and soulful hits such as “Peg” and “Deacon Blues,” Steely Dan finally obtained mainstream music success. The jazz-infused masterpiece, Aja, is still regarded today as one of the greatest albums ever made.

In this clip of Classic Albums, Steely Dan guitarist and co-founder Denny Dias recalls the ad he put in The Village Voice looking for a bass player and piano player. It just so happened that Donald Fagen and Walter Becker were also looking for players and they answered Dias’ inquiry. Fagen and Becker joined Dias and the rest was history. Dias instantly discovered his new bandmates’ unique and sheer talent. He recalls, “We started playing their songs right away, and I immediately saw that they were great songs.” As Fagen put it, “We kind of took over his band.” Fagen and Becker go on to talk about the process of how they brought in a collection of musicians, just the right pieces, suitable enough to play in the band. Watch the hour-long episode of Classic Albums: Steely Dan – Aja Wednesday, February 7th at 9/8c on AXS TV.

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