North American syndicated Rock radio show 'InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands' hold over Steely Dan principles Donald Fagen and Walter Becker for a second week and significant anniversary in rock music history. In October 1977 Aja would be Steely Dan’s highest charting album (peaking at # 3 on U.S. charts) and their first platinum seller, eventually selling over 3 million copies within a year of release.Coming in at an impressive #145 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Albums of All Time, 'Aja' introduced a generation to the jazz fusion movement that was gaining momentum and now had found its commercial ticket.

Donald Fagen tells ‘InTheStudio’ host Redbeard how 'Aja' was a move into a new direction for Steely Dan.

“To some degree we wanted to get back to more complex harmony and go back to some of the jazz harmony we’d grown up with . . There was also some interesting things happening in what they call fusion, it was the beginning of the fusion era between musicians who seemed to be successfully adapting some of the technics of blues and Rock to Jazz and vice versa.”

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