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Dr Drums 12-29-2005 04:46 PM

Steve Jordan
On of the biggest groove masters on earth !
He's laying the groove straight into the pocket.

pcmckay 02-25-2006 04:51 AM

Steve Jordan
Steve is the man! Definately one of the best if not the best funk drummers out there. He can put down some incredible grooves that just drip with feeling. I have always enjoyed listening to him. I am very glad Drummer World has a page devoted to him, he definately deserves it. One of my favorite pieces of work that he has done is the live "Briefcase Full of Blues" record by the Blues Brothers. A lot of people thought they were a joke, but that was one amazing band. Steve has some great grooves and awesome fills on this album. It is one if my favorite albums to play along with. Do you remember him as the original drummer on the "David Letterman Show"? I used stay up late back in high school just to see him play. Truly a master.

Stu_Strib 02-25-2006 09:32 AM

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My kind of drummer. Solid time, great sonic choices and phrasing. Showy when he needs to be, but never over the top. And he just looks like he's having a blast.

TitanSound 02-25-2006 09:55 AM

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My thoughts exactly.

That video of him grooving with the keys and guitar is awesome.

Wegadrummer 02-25-2006 02:42 PM

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the true groovemaster.. i saw a consert with him some month ago.. i just had to dance.. this guy is amazing, time, solid fills.. everything..

Paul Quin 02-27-2006 04:20 PM

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One of the best around! His playing has a phenomenal feel and his groves are as tight as can be. The term "in the pocket" should have been coined for him.

moe.ron 03-18-2006 04:26 PM

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what are some good albums he plays on

Stu_Strib 03-18-2006 07:47 PM

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John Mayer Trio Live!

And please set aside any anti-Mayer vibe you might have going. This album should have won a Grammy or two.

moe.ron 03-18-2006 09:29 PM

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thanks amazing stuff there. i have some blues brothers(rubber biscuit) followed by the trio.

Davidb59 03-18-2006 09:42 PM

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He and Willie Weeks are the rhythm section supporting Eric Clapton on his tour. Looking forward to Nottingham in May!

moe.ron 03-20-2006 11:57 PM

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anyone know whats songs he plays on with keith richards-talk is cheap?

cornelius 03-21-2006 12:22 AM

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Steve is a very cool guy, one of the greats. I ran into him in Grand Central Station a couple of months ago - he was very nice to me.

I really love his playing on Try!

mlehnertz 03-21-2006 02:40 AM

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Ok Stu. I gave a listen to some *borrowed* live tracks and the recording was awful. Did I happen to listen to some bootlegs or is this the actual recording that's being sold?


Originally Posted by Stu_Strib
John Mayer Trio Live!

And please set aside any anti-Mayer vibe you might have going. This album should have won a Grammy or two.

moe.ron 03-21-2006 09:28 PM

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mine sound like that, its pretty bad, but i crank up the volume for it

moe.ron 04-03-2006 12:52 PM

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i see he uses maple but does anyone know if its maple custom or absolute maple? i think its maple custom

bigbeatbenny 04-06-2006 05:05 AM

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Originally Posted by moe.ron
i see he uses maple but does anyone know if its maple custom or absolute maple? i think its maple custom

According to a recent Modern Drummer Magazine story Steve plays a Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute kit with wood hoods.

The drumset of a true groove master.

T.L. 04-17-2006 01:36 AM

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Anyone who likes Steve Jordan has got to check out John Scofield's album "That's What I Say" -- Jordan is smoking on that one!!!! What a fabulous drummer.

Drumitup 04-18-2006 05:58 AM

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I love his playing he is as MD calls him the Funkiest drummer alive.

TheSteve 04-23-2006 11:13 PM

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Steve Jordan blew me away on the John Mayer Trio cd. He's a fantastic drummer and has great feel. One of my favorites.

relyc 04-24-2006 03:56 AM

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Jordan made my jaw drop when I heard him on the John Mayer Trio Live disc. The sounds he gets are phenomenal. I practice along with that disc all the time for 'feel' ideas and to groove hard. I knew he was great, this just adds to his cred.


Bernhard 04-24-2006 07:42 AM

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Steve Jordan is now the new touring drummer for Eric Clapton - taking the seat from Steve Gadd. And the shoes fit for sure...


Davidb59 05-15-2006 09:36 PM

Steve Jordan
Wow. He's a great replacement for Steve Gadd backing Clapton on his current tour.

Davidb59 05-17-2006 12:52 PM

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I saw him on Sunday in Nottingham with EC and his band. He was fantastic. Nothing flash, no big kit with 50 cymbals and 3 bass drums, just a big solid groove all the way through.

markpowers 05-18-2006 06:51 AM

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I loved seeing Steve playing his 'Club Jordan' cocktail kit at the Super Bowl. I recently nabbed the same kit. It's a BAD little setup!

BenjiMachine 05-25-2006 10:47 PM

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I saw Steve last weekend in nottingham uk playing with Eric Clapton, he was solid all night some awesome fills and loads of diffrent styles of playing. There was an awesome section where it was just him playing this amazing grove for a while linking a few songs together. My kind of drummer though...you could watch him allday if he only had bass drum, high hat and snare...got an awesome 'feel' to his stuff just seems to flow.

Berberman 05-30-2006 08:30 PM

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I went to Paris for a couple of days to see Steve Jordan with Eric Clapton. Got first row - after 6 hours under the french sun- and i managed to snap a few shots of him. Below are a few of them. I'll post video footage soon. Enjoy.

BenjiMachine 05-30-2006 10:04 PM

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Awesome photos man! You must have been real close, i was in the middle of the stands (at nottingham)...What did you think of the show/set. And did Jordan play that grove section? and did you video the whole thing?

Berberman 05-31-2006 11:01 AM

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Originally Posted by BenjiMachine
Awesome photos man! You must have been real close, i was in the middle of the stands (at nottingham)...What did you think of the show/set. And did Jordan play that grove section? and did you video the whole thing?

Yeah it was well worth the 6 hour wait! I thought the show was awsome. The new band seemed confortable together, especially with the new members ( Doyle, Derek and steve Jordan). The highlights of the show were probably
'old love' with Robert Cray (who did a great first part) and 'i shot the sheriff' among other great ones. Chris Stainton and Tim Carmon were also amazing on the keys.
Steve Jordan had a nice new groove to 'cocaine' and 'after midnight' (the train goove) and i have to say it sounded weird at first but after getting used to it it fit perfectly. There is so much charizma and feeling in Jordan's playing he can makes a simple rock groove so much more interesting than it is.
Although i'm not a big Clapton fan, i can honnestly say it was one of the best concerts i've seen.

I'll post a link to the videos i took as soon as i put them together. I didnt video the whole thing but a lot of it is down.


the Band:
Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
Doyle Bramhall II - guitar
Derek Trucks - guitar
Chris Stainton - keyboards
Tim Carmon - keyboards
Willie Weeks - bass
Steve Jordan - drums
The Kick Horns (Simon Clarke, Roddy Lorimer, Tim Sanders)
Michelle John - backing vocals
Sharon White - backing vocals

Here is the playlist:

So Tired
Got To Get Better In A Little While
Old Love (with Robert Cray)
I Shot The Sheriff

sit down set
Back Home
I Am Yours
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
Running On Faith
Milkcow Blues

After Midnight
Little Queen Of Spades
Motherless Children
Wonderful Tonight


Opening Act:
The Robert Cray Band

Berberman 05-31-2006 03:49 PM

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more to come later...

BenjiMachine 06-01-2006 10:44 AM

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Cheerz for that...good filming!

resqguy 06-05-2006 02:32 AM

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Check him out on the James Taylor Live DVD.

He plays bass too. A very versitle musician.

2882 01-13-2007 01:08 PM

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He's unbelieveable, for sure. I love the Scofield disk, and he makes the John Mayer trio worth sitting through...he's been amazing for years...the groove on "Take it So Hard" by Keith Richards is so great. Highly reccommend his DVD.

nwosborne 03-02-2007 09:12 PM

Steve Jordan
Recently I have become interested in Steve Jordan's style and I am wondering if anyone has a list of his complete discography. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Paul Quin 03-02-2007 09:22 PM

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I don't think Steve has his own website but he works (and sessions - hey I made up a word) out of his own studio in New York. You may find some of the information you need by using the search function. For example there is a prior Steve Jordan thread at:


Good luck


d.c.drummer 03-04-2007 02:41 PM

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Him playing in the John Mayer Trio is unbelievable.

KzSgDrummer 03-05-2007 07:23 AM

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Yeah I just recently got John Mayer's "Continuum" and I've been hooked on the two tracks "Vultures" and "I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)." In all seriousness, by beat three of the first bar of "I Don't" my whole body is swaying to that sick groove Jordan lays down.

?uestlove aside, this man probably gets the best snare sounds out there today. Everything from raw and rockin' to fat and funky. What a joy.

cantstandyourfunk 03-12-2007 09:26 AM

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Oh man...isn't Steve Jordan just the tastiest cat around? Groove: that's all I really do in my playing. And Mr. Jordan is one BIG influence.

Mapex589 03-13-2007 03:09 AM

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Tasty indeed. I bought his DVD and I just love his groove. I strive to groove like that.

rendezvous_drummer 06-18-2007 09:29 AM

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Easily one of my favorite drummers of all time. One major influence in my life too. Great pocket, groove, and very versatile.

drummercam 06-23-2007 11:40 AM

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Hey guys, I am so thrilled to say that I met Steve tonight. He was playing with Sonny Rollins in Vancouver at the Orpheum theatre and I had absolutely no idea that they were playing together until Sonny announced his name. I waited outside the stage door and sure enough there he was. He was even kind of enough to have a quick word with me and he gave me a nice handshake/hug. I only wish now that I had asked him for a signed stick or something, but maybe that would have been too much, you tell me! But the thing that was coolest tonight about Steve, other than meeting him was seeing that he is an incredible jazz drummer. I have only ever heard his recordings and seen his videos with his legendary 'grooves.' I have to say that I feel totally inspired to play now. Does anyone know if he has an email or a fanclub? I would LOVE to get in touch with him and thank him for his inspiration if it is at all possible.

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