Making of Steely Dan’s “Aja”

Aja (/ˈeɪʒə/, pronounced like Asia) is the sixth album by the jazz rock band Steely Dan. Originally released in 1977 on ABC Records, it became the group’s best-selling album. Peaking at No. 3 on the U.S. charts and No. 5 in the United Kingdom, it was the band’s first platinum album, eventually selling over 5 million copies. In July 1978, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Non-Classical Recording. In 2003, the album was ranked number 145 on Rolling Stone’s “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list.

Aja
Studio album by Steely Dan
Released September 23, 1977
Recorded January – July 1977; at
Village Recorders, West L.A.;
Producer’s Workshop, Hollywood;
Warner Bros. North Hollywood recording studios, (Burbank);
ABC recording studios, (N.Y.C.);
Sound Labs, Hollywood;
A&R studios, (Manhattan) N.Y.C.
Genre Jazz rock
Length 39:58
Label ABC
Producer Gary Katz
Steely Dan chronology
The Royal Scam
(1976)
Aja
(1977)
Gaucho
(1980)

Track listing

All songs written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.

Side one
  1. “Black Cow” – 5:10
  2. “Aja” – 7:57
  3. “Deacon Blues” – 7:37
Side two
  1. “Peg” – 3:57
  2. “Home at Last” – 5:34
  3. “I Got the News” – 5:06
  4. “Josie” – 4:33

Personnel

  • Donald Fagen – synthesizer, keyboards, vocals, background vocals, whistle
  • Walter Becker – bass, guitar
  • Chuck Rainey – bass
  • Timothy B. Schmit – background vocals
  • Paul Griffin – keyboards, electric piano, vocals, background vocals
  • Don Grolnick – keyboards, clavinet
  • Michael Omartian – piano, keyboards
  • Joe Sample – keyboards, electric piano, clavinet
  • Victor Feldman – percussion, piano, keyboards, electric piano, vibraphone
  • Larry Carlton – guitar
  • Denny Dias – guitar
  • Jay Graydon – guitar
  • Steve Khan – guitar
  • Dean Parks – guitar
  • Lee Ritenour – guitar
  • Pete Christlieb – flute, tenor saxophone
  • Chuck Findley – horn, brass
  • Jim Horn – flute, saxophone
  • Richard “Slyde” Hyde – trombone
  • Plas Johnson – flute, saxophone
  • Jackie Kelso – flute, horn, saxophone
  • Lou McCreary – brass
  • Bill Perkins – flute, horn, saxophone
  • Tom Scott – conductor, flute, tenor saxophone, lyricon
  • Wayne Shorter – flute, tenor saxophone
  • Bernard Purdie – drums (“Home at Last”, “Deacon Blues”)
  • Steve Gadd – drums (“Aja”)
  • Ed Greene – drums (“I Got the News”)
  • Paul Humphrey – drums (“Black Cow”)
  • Jim Keltner – percussion, drums (“Josie”)
  • Rick Marotta – drums (“Peg”)
  • Gary Coleman – percussion
  • Venetta Fields – background vocals
  • Clydie King – background vocals
  • Rebecca Louis – background vocals
  • Sherlie Matthews – background vocals
  • Michael McDonald – background vocals

From: en.wikipedia.org

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