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Aja (album)

Aja (, pronounced like Asia) is the sixth album by the jazz rock band Steely Dan. Originally released in 1977 on ABC Records, it became the group's best-selling album. Peaking at No. 3 on the U.S. charts and No. 5 in the United Kingdom, it was the band's first platinum album, eventually selling over 5 million copies. In July 1978, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Non-Classical Recording. In 2003, the album was ranked number 145 on Rolling Stone's " The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. It is widely regarded as a good test recording for audiophiles because of its high production standards.

Aja (Hindu mythology)

In Hindu mythology, Aja ( Tamil: Achan, Thai: Achaban, Malay: Dasarata Raman) is the son of king Raghu, and thus a scion of the Ikshvaku dynasty, who claimed descent from the sun god Surya. His paternal grandfather was the pious king Dileepa. King Aja's consort was the heavenly nymph Indumati; they were the parents of King Dasaratha of Ayodhya, who was the father of Rama.

The classical Indian poet Kalidasa has elaborated upon the lives and careers of the kings Dileepa, Raghu and Aja in his work entitled Raghuvamsha (literally: "Dynasty of Raghu"). This is significant as these rulers were the immediate forbears of Rama.

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Aja (orisha)

Aja is an Orisha, the spirit of the forest, the animals within it and herbal healers

Category:Yoruba goddesses Category:Nature goddesses Category:Health goddesses

Aja (actress)

Aja (July 14, 1963 – September 18, 2006) was the stage name of an American pornographic actress, adult film director, and exotic dancer.

Aja (name)

Aja is both a surname and a given name. Notable people with the name include:

Surname:

  • Alexandre Aja (born 1978), French filmmaker
  • David Aja, Spanish comic book artist
  • Gonzalo Aja (born 1946), Spanish former road bicycle racer
  • Pablo Aja (born 1986), Mexican footballer

Given name:

  • Aja Kim, singer
  • Aja Kong, Japan-based professional wrestler
  • Aja Volkman, musician
  • Aja West, hip-hop artist
  • Aja (actress), pornographic actress
Aja (song)

"Aja" is a jazz rock song by the American rock band Steely Dan from their eponymous sixth album, released in 1977. It was composed by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, the band's two members, who respectively play guitar and synthesizer on the track, with various studio musicians playing the other parts. Production duties were handled by Gary Katz; ABC Records released the album.

Musically, it is a tonally sophisticated and structurally complex work that was praised on its release as the most ambitious song the duo had ever attempted. The song's lyrics are the interior monologue of a man who "run[s] to" the title character to escape the stresses of his life "up on the hill." Fagen claims it was inspired by a relative of someone he knew, who had married a Korean woman named Aja. He has described the song as being about the "tranquility that can come of a quiet relationship with a beautiful woman."

Despite its complexity, and unlike most of the other tracks on the album, it took a very short time to record, which Becker and Fagen credit to the musicians' superior sight-reading skills. Denny Dias's guitar work, including a solo, marked the last appearance on a Steely Dan record by any other founding member of the group. Making their first appearance, on the other hand, were tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter and drummer Steve Gadd. Both play solos during the song's instrumental break that have contributed greatly to its reputation and been considered among their finest work; Gadd's, the first drum solo in a Steely Dan song, in the song's tag, was recorded in just two takes. Jazz critic Ben Sidran later called the "Aja" session "a moment when ... pop music suddenly took a turn left."

While it was never released as a single, it is notable as the longest song the band ever recorded, running approximately eight minutes. It has been a favorite of the band's fans, and they have performed it in concert since they reunited late in the 20th century and began touring again, releasing one live version. Many artists, including Woody Herman, have covered it as part of Steely Dan tribute albums.

Usage examples of "aja".

He had climbed up the minaret of Aja Katerina and would neither come down nor eat and drink.

She had run the blockade and landed in the small remote harbor of Aja P.