Steely Dan – Aja (Drum Sheet Music)

Here’s a classic: the drum transcription of the famous tune “Aja” by Steely Dan, from the album Aja (1977) with the legendary Steve Gadd on drums. The note-for-note transcription includes 6 pages plus a notation key.

The full drum sheet music is available for purchase.

The brilliant Steve Gadd’s playing is a mix of the drumming of jazz legends as Max Roach, Elvin Jones, and Tony Williams. The three drum breaks played on Aja present all of his iconic phrasing and licks. Here’s a demonstration, extracted from the Master Series DVD, played by Steve. I suggest you the collection of transcriptions “The Steve Gadd Book” by Hans Fagt.

The drum part of the second break recorded by myself (5:15 minutes of the song).

steve gadd aja drum fills
steely dan aja drum sheet music

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