This was a great, great, great band (well, pair of virtuosos).
quote:Definitely. It was the epitome of smooth, and it was a 'full' sound. You're referring to Aja.
I'm pretty sure it was a compliment.
All the famous guitar solos and many other memorable instrumental moments are due to other musicians. I don't know how much was improvised on the spot vs. composed, and how exactly Becker and Fagen determined the overall sound
I seriously don't think Walter Becker had every note of the Kid Charlemagne solo planned out in advance, for example. W.B. is a guitarist himself, so if this was the case, it seems like they wouldn't need any other musicians.
Let's not forget the presence of Michael McDonald as well - a song like Rose Darling wouldn't be the same without him.
All hired guns that you hear. Becker plays rhythm and solos intermittently, but rarely (if ever), when it comes to something classifiable as 'watershed'.