STEVE GADD BAND, GADDITUDE


Master drummer Steve Gadd, a ubiquitous session player in the 80s whose novel brush strokes and shuffle beats added deep grooves and cache to recordings by Steely Dan, Paul Simon and jazzers like Bob James, assembles members of James Taylor’s band (keyboardist Larry Goldings, guitarist Michael Landau, trumpeter Walt Fowler and bassist Jimmy Johnson) for a strong session of easygoing tunes that recalls the spirit of Stuff, Gadd’s premier fusion group from back in the day. Though a touch mellower, the Gadditude quartet stretches out on urbane yet earthy originals, a hallmark of Gadd’s style and previous solo works. The mysterious slinky vibe of “Africa,” the cool-blue vibe captured by Goldings’ Fender Rhodes solo on “Ask Me” and the REM flavored melody on “Cavaliero” sound sweeter on repeated spins, but two numbers penned by Keith Jarrett, “Country” and “The Windup,” give the drummer innumerable moments to rally his signature riffs, brushwork and martial rhythms with aplomb. (9 tracks; 55 minutes) www.bfmjazz.com

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JAZZ IN SPACE: STEVE GADD BAND, GADDITUDE

Friday, October 4, 2013

STEVE GADD BAND, GADDITUDE


Master drummer Steve Gadd, a ubiquitous session player in the 80s whose novel brush strokes and shuffle beats added deep grooves and cache to recordings by Steely Dan, Paul Simon and jazzers like Bob James, assembles members of James Taylor’s band (keyboardist Larry Goldings, guitarist Michael Landau, trumpeter Walt Fowler and bassist Jimmy Johnson) for a strong session of easygoing tunes that recalls the spirit of Stuff, Gadd’s premier fusion group from back in the day. Though a touch mellower, the Gadditude quartet stretches out on urbane yet earthy originals, a hallmark of Gadd’s style and previous solo works. The mysterious slinky vibe of “Africa,” the cool-blue vibe captured by Goldings’ Fender Rhodes solo on “Ask Me” and the REM flavored melody on “Cavaliero” sound sweeter on repeated spins, but two numbers penned by Keith Jarrett, “Country” and “The Windup,” give the drummer innumerable moments to rally his signature riffs, brushwork and martial rhythms with aplomb. (9 tracks; 55 minutes) www.bfmjazz.com

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