Pictured are (l-r) engineer Helik Hadar, producer Larry Klein, Walter Becker and mastering engineer Bernie Grundman.Hollywood, CA (April 25, 2008)--Walter Becker, Grammy-winning co-founder of Steely Dan, has mastered his second solo album, Circus Money, at Bernie Grundman Mastering. On hand were mastering engineer Bernie Grundman, album producer Larry Klein and engineer/mixer Helik Hadar, who earned Grammys this year for Herbie Hancock's Album of the Year, River: The Joni Letters.
Circus Money explores moods and soundscapes reminiscent of Steely Dan, but influenced by bass-heavy Jamaican structures, relying on Becker's strengths as a bass player and reinforced by Larry Klein's bass-player background. Lyrics provide the humor, pathos, and dark scenarios expected from Becker and the Steely Dan oeuvre.
The new album features Becker on bass and vocals, Jon Herington on guitar, Keith Carlock on drums, Ted Baker and Jim Beard on keyboards, Gordon Gottlieb on percussion and a chorus of outstanding background singers. Basic tracks were recorded by engineers Elliot Scheiner and Jay Messina at New York's Avatar Studios. Hadar handled overdubs and mixing at Market Street Studios in Santa Monica.
Becker's previous solo album, 11 Tracks of Whack,, was released in 1994. Circus Money is slated for June 10 release on the 12 OVER 5 label, distributed by Mailboat Records.
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