The Dan of Steel is down to one, Walter Becker of Steely Dan has died.
I don't often get emotional when $ENTERTAINER shuffles the mortal coil. But a few have earned deep respect and the duo of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen comprising the heart of Steely Dan really have. I'll put them up with Queen & Styx o were classically trained and wouldn't put up with anything less than perfection from their hired musicians.
I might speculate on how "difficult" they were to work with(I wasn't there) but one cannot question the product! They produced the sound at the end of the process is unrivaled!
I'll log their melodies and bass lines with the mathematic precision of Mozart. Though, IIRC some recordings of "Reelin' in the years" there is a pause before the 3rd guitar stroke of an eighth maybe a quarter beat late. And it's absolute genius!
GodSpeed WB... And thank you for the discography you have left behind, We are all better for it!