The other half of Steely Dan, Walter Becker is finally satisfied with his latest studio recording, Circus Money (available June 10th).
It has been 14 years since Walter Becker’s last solo studio recording, 11 Tracks of Whack. If you have been a fan of Steely Dan, one aspect you have come to appreciate is the perfectionism that Walter Becker and Donald Fagen evidence throughout their recordings. The Steely Dan timeless classics, Aja and Gaucho literally contain no wasted notes.
Circus Money is an interesting point of departure for Walter Becker’s musical direction. He has teamed up with producer/composer/arranger Larry Klein (see my review of his handiwork with Herbie Hancock’s River: Letters to Joni which won Grammy Album of the Year 2008, elsewhere on this blog). Together they have woven a rich tapestry of sound that is heavily accented with jamaican rhythms, r&b etc. The stellar core musicianship of drummer Keith Carlock, guitarist Jon Herington and keyboard player Ted Baker makes this an infectious non-stop groove.
Listen to the Circus Money sample audio player here —>