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Steely Dan is an American jazz rock band centered on musicians and songwriters Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.
The band's heyday was in the 1970s, when it released half a dozen albums, which blended jazz, rock and roll, funk, rhythm and blues, and pop. Their music, which may at first appear 'smooth' and 'easy listening', is characterized by complex jazz-influenced structures and harmonies, literate lyrics and adroit musicianship.
The group's history has three stages. In the first, the group was a conventional rock band that toured and recorded from 1972 to 1974; in the second, (1975 â€“ 1980) the group became a purely studio-based act, albeit still using the name Steely Dan, but now centered solely on the songwriting team of Becker and Fagen, and using hired top-notch session players on their recordings. The group's third stage was Becker and Fagen's surprise return to recording and performing during the 1990s, with the band reconstituted as a large jazz rock ensemble that tours regularly and has released several acclaimed live and studio albums.
==Musical and lyrical style=
Their enigmatic, sardonically humorous and topical lyrics add ...
|years active|| 1971-1981|
|status||Active country=United States|
|music genre||Jazz Rock|
|current members|| Donald Fagen|
|past members|| Denny Dias|
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter