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