Revolver: Chuck Rainey – Peg

Steely Dan’s brand of slick, jazz- and soul-tinged rock is pure Marmite. For some it’s the perfect synthesis of a variety of musical genres, with witty lyrics and spot-on production. For others it’s all too perfect and polished, lacking a little soul. What can never be in doubt, though, is the stunning musicianship on all their albums. ‘Peg’ encapsulates everything the band stood for, in just over four minutes: jazzy chord progressions plus complex harmonies and rhythms all wrapped up in a radio-friendly format (oh yeah, and it took seven guitarists to get the solo right). Long-time bassist Chuck Rainey serves up a tour de force with glissandos, double stops, funky fingerstyle riffs and a chunky slapped octave line in the chorus. The question is, do you love it or hate it?

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One comment on “Revolver: Chuck Rainey – Peg
  1. Jenn says:

    I don’t think I could ever hate anything by Steely Dan. Love the jazz and it’s easy to listen too!

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