I remember buying Jazz records when I was a kid in Melbourne, going through the Monash University Record shop when I had no lectures, seeing if I could find something new. My whole life is a long quest about “finding something new”, I guess.
When I found something I had never heard before, I always used to look for the lineup to see who made up this band. If Steve Gadd was on drums, it would be a sign that these guys were probably very good. Chick Corea said of Mr. Gadd: “all the drummers want to play like Gadd because he reaches perfection”.
He has played with Simon and Garfunkel, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Joe Cocker, Grover Washington Jr., Chick Corea, Lee Ritenour, Frank Sinatra, Al Jarreau, Eric Clapton, Chet Baker, Michel Petrucciani, The Bee Gees, Michael McDonald and many others. In addition, he is the leader of his own band, with which he also won the 2019 Grammy for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.
This was recorded at Jazz San Javier. I hope you enjoy one of the best drummers in the history of Jazz.
Steve Gadd (drums)
Kevin Hays (piano and keyboards)
David Spinozza (guitar)
Jimmy Johnson (bass)
Walt Fowler (flugelhorn and trumpet)
Until next time!
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