‘Do it again….and again, please. ‘ That’s what the shouted, long and loud, the other night in the Purty Kitchen as Aja finished their fantastic set.
On a cold November night the atmosphere in The Loft was red-hot, as the band worked their way through a catalogue of Steely Dan’s songs with real vigour and skill. The eight-piece outfit have been paying tribute to the American band for more than five years, and the quality of their playing (from some of the country’s best-known musicians) was a real treat. The place was packed and, not surprisingly, the audience knew the music and cheered every solo – guitar, drum or saxophone – with knowledgable appreciation. I’m sure if Donald Fagen or Walter Becker had walked in they would have been impressed with the sound and the warm response it got.
We heard songs from early albums Can’t Buy a Thrill and Countdown to Ecstasy through to the more jazz-inspired Gaucho and Aja, and all were performed with confidence and a faithfulness to the originals. If you are a Steely Dan fan then you should get yourself along and see Aja in action – it’ll put a smile on your face, and you’ll be Home at Last!