Steely Dan is not here to make friends. The ‘70s era soft rock studio wizards infused Bass Concert Hall on Wednesday with a 20-song, two-hour set book-ended by Gerry Mulligan and Nelson Riddle covers, ovation-jumpstarting solos every five minutes and band geek drum breakdowns even during space capsule single, “Reelin’ in the Years.”
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker are soulful romantics. The pair wrote seven dense, polished albums in the ‘70s and hired some of the best-known session musicians to realize them. They got backup vocals from Michael McDonald and drum solos from Steve Gadd and Bernard Purdie. The band disbanded in 1982, reunited in 1993 and the last 20 years have been an era of Grammys and victory laps.
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