Music

Steely Dan

When: Sun., Sept. 15 2013

7:30 p.m.

Walter Becker and Donald Fagen met while at Bard College in upstate New York in the late Sixties, when they played together in a number of combos including one with Chevy Chase on drums. They moved to Brooklyn for a couple years before heading to California in 1971 where they started Steely Dan. From the start, they cleverly combined loose jazz-soul rhythms with crisp soft-rock production. Their seven albums from ’72-’80 are the most meticulously recorded material of the era. By their third album, Pretzel Logic (featuring the hit “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”), Becker and Fagen had given up touring and become solely a studio act. Their partnership had grown strained by 1980’s Gaucho, and the duo separated for more than a decade. Becker and Fagen returned in 1993 and have toured off-and-on the last two decades while releasing a pair of new studio albums, the last being 2003’s Everything Must Go. Their ’72 debut album, Can’t Buy a Thrill, still remains one of the finest debut albums ever. They’ve assembled a rich catalog of keenly crafted soul-rock sophistication — “Deacon Blues,” “Do It Again,” “Reelin’ in the Years,” and more — and word is they’ve never sounded better live. —Chris Parker

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