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Steely Dan's Aja

Don Breithaupt

Don Breithaupt is a studio musician and songwriter based in Toronto. He is the co-author of Precious and Few: Pop Music in the Early 70s and Night Moves: Pop Music in the Late 70s. A Berklee College of Music alumnus and three-time Juno Award nominee, he has written extensively on music and film for the National Post. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

33 1/3 Books

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...Aja was the album that made Steely Dan a commercial force on the order of contemporaries like Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles and Chicago. A double-platinum, Grammy-winning bestseller, it lingered on the Billboard charts for more than a year...

Steely Dan

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...When Ornette Coleman codified one stream of avant-garde jazz into the free-jazz movement, he let loose a new form of expression within the idiom. Born in Texas in 1930, Coleman performed in his high school band until improvisation led...

Jazz-Rock

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...The term ‘jazz-rock’ describes a style of jazz that emerged in the late 1960s and flourished throughout the 1970s, becoming the most commercially successful style of jazz during that decade. Sometimes called ‘jazz-rock fusion’ or simply...

Hardbop

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Hardbop was an influential jazz style that emerged in the 1950s. Growing out of 1940s bebop, it was noted for rhythmic, melodic and harmonic intensity, and the incorporation of new grooves into jazz. Hardbop contributed to and overlapped...

Modal Jazz

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Modal jazz is a form of jazz that flourished in the late 1950s and 1960s, mainly among an elite group of players based in New York, before achieving wider diffusion from circa 1970 onwards as a central technique in jazz-rock and other...

Jazz

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Jazz emerged as a distinct musical form in the United States in the early decades of the twentieth century and is primarily of African-American origin. Its early influences are held to encompass elements of African and European music...