Review: Steve Gadd Band "Gadditude"
By Chris Jisi
Fri, 20 Sep 2013

The master drummer corrals his James Taylor bandmates (Jimmy Johnson, keyboardist Larry Goldings, guitarist Mike Landau, and trumpeter Walt Fowler) for a vibey, phat-grooving, instrumental affair made up of originals and choice covers. Goldings’ kitschy-but-killin’ “Cavaliero” peaks with a range-spanning solo by Johnson, while the group-written, Junior Wells-style “Green Foam” shows the ensemble smoothly jumping from backbeat blues to unrelated feels for solos. On the cover side, Keith Jarrett’s “Country” is recast in a gospel “three” feel (one of several times the band echoes Gadd’s classic ’70s session band Stuff), while Jarrett’s hairpin “The Windup” thrives over a samba/country boogie feel. A redo of Radiohead’s solemn “Scatterbrain” (at Johnson’s suggestion), with Gadd stretching out in contrast, is a powerful closer.

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