Reelin’ in the Years…

‘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.

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Aja – Reelin’ in the Years

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!

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