by Steely Dan


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Aja was cool, relaxed, and controlled; it sounded deceptively easy. Its follow-up, Gaucho, while sonically similar, is its polar opposite: a precise and studied record, where all of the seams show. Gaucho essentially replicates the smooth jazz-pop of Aja, but with none of that record's dark, seductive romance or elegant aura. Instead, it's meticulous and exacting; each performance has been rehearsed so many times that it no longer has any emotional resonance. Furthermore, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's songs are generally labored, only occasionally reaching their past heights, like on the suave "Babylon Sisters," "Time Out of Mind," and "Hey Nineteen." Still, those three songs are barely enough to make the remainder of the album's glossy, meandering fusion worthwhile.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/2000
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811205522
catalogNumber: 112055
Rank: 6399

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steely Dan   Primary Artist
Patti Austin   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rick Derringer   Guitar
Donald Fagen   Organ,Synthesizer,Keyboards,Lyre,Electric Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Michael McDonald   Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Brecker   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Hiram Bullock   Guitar
Larry Carlton   Guitar,Soloist
Ronnie Cuber   Saxophone,Baritone
Victor Feldman   Percussion,Keyboards
Don Grolnick   Keyboards,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Steve Khan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Rob Mounsey   Synthesizer,Piano
Joe Sample   Electric Piano
David Sanborn   Alto,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Alto (Vocal)
Tom Scott   Alto,Clarinet,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Alto Clarinet,Lyricon,Clarinet (Tenor)
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Gordon Grody   Vocals,Background Vocals
Walter Becker   Bass,Guitar,Lyre,Vocals,Soloist,Group Member
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Errol Crusher Bennett   Percussion
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn
Steve Gadd   Percussion,Drums
Diva Gray   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lani Groves   Vocals,Background Vocals
Anthony Jackson   Bass
Walter Kane   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Mark Knopfler   Guitar,Vocals,Soloist
George Marge   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Rick Marotta   Drums,Vocals
Nicky Marrero   Percussion,Timbales,Vocals
Hugh McCracken   Guitar
Leslie Miller   Vocals,Background Vocals
Roger Nichols   Overdubs
Jeff Porcaro   Percussion,Drums
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Pat Rebillot   Keyboards,Electric Piano
Zachary Sanders   Vocals,Background Vocals
Valerie Simpson   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Tofani   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Toni Wine   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerry Garszva   Overdubs
Chuck Sample   Bass
Jerry Garszza   Overdubs
Frank Floyd   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ralph McDonald   Percussion

Technical Credits

Donald Fagen   Composer,Liner Notes
Steely Dan   rhythm arrangement
Don Grolnick   rhythm arrangement
Keith Jarrett   Composer
Rob Mounsey   Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Tom Scott   Horn Arrangements
Walter Becker   Composer,Liner Notes
Paul Griffin   rhythm arrangement
Gary Katz   Producer
Andy McKaie   Reissue Producer
Roger Nichols   Special Effects,Engineer,Executive Producer
Elliot Scheiner   Remixing
Shari Young   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Rob Mounsey & Flying Monkey Orchestra   rhythm arrangement
Michael Diehl   Reissue Design
Beth Stempel   Reissue Production Coordination
Suzanne Walsh   Art Direction
Bill Neighbors   Executive Producer
Wendel   Special Effects
Paul Bishow   Executive Producer
Victor Di Suvero   translation,Liner Note Translation
Frank Kafka   Liner Notes,Author,Quotes Researched & Compiled

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Gaucho 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have listened to steely dan for many years.....this is the best album yet,.if you like them this is a a must in your collection....
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favored genre is "Smooth Jazz" but let me tell you, none of my discs got as much play as this one did! My disc was just broken, and I feel like I need an air shipment of the replacement to keep me from freakin' out! The group is phenomenal, the stylings classical, and this takes me back home more than any Beach Boys or disco cut ever could. This would be the cornerstone of a CD library if I were making the recommendations to a friend who was just starting out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good album from the Dan's early recording years. Looking back it's amazing to see how ahead of their time they were with the blues/jazz/rock fusion. Enjoy!