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Old 01-28-2009, 02:44 AM
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What I love about Gadd is the unbelievable musicality. It seems as though every note he plays is perfect for the tune. He can drive a band unlike anybody I've heard. He's the hippest drummer, in my opinion. He's hip to everything. He plays every style like it's his favorite. AND he has insane time and unbelievable chops. Chops are second to time in my opinion - the guy's a human metronome. He even tunes his drums better than everyone else, I think. He's found a niche in his sound that seems to fit everything while remaining unmistakably Steve Gadd. I could pick him out anywhere - I made All-State Jazz Band this year and we got CDs with recordings of the charts and, wouldn't you know, one of them was Basically Blues from the Burning for Buddy volume 2 session with none other than Gadd almighty.
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Old 01-31-2009, 02:47 PM
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This is so swampy! And the four last bars is classic Gadd.

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Old 01-31-2009, 04:59 PM
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in my opinion you cannot teach what Gadd has. Yeah, you can practice all your rudiments and get your reading down and all that but you cannot teach his amazing feel and musicality. You either have it or you don't. Enjoy him because he's one of a kind.
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:06 PM
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in my opinion you cannot teach what Gadd has. Yeah, you can practice all your rudiments and get your reading down and all that but you cannot teach his amazing feel and musicality. You either have it or you don't.
Musicianship cannot be taught; everything must be learned. In my opinion, the idea that some people "just have it" and some don't is incorrect. Rather, some people have taken the time to learn it.
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Old 01-31-2009, 07:41 PM
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Musicianship cannot be taught; everything must be learned. In my opinion, the idea that some people "just have it" and some don't is incorrect. Rather, some people have taken the time to learn it.
well, I hear what you're saying but I believe even if someone takes the time to learn something and puts in an honest effort they still may not grasp it or communicate it to the degree of someone like Gadd. Maybe that's where the saying "often imitated but never duplicated" comes from. :)
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Old 01-31-2009, 07:54 PM
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well, I hear what you're saying but I believe even if someone takes the time to learn something and puts in an honest effort they still may not grasp it or communicate it to the degree of someone like Gadd. Maybe that's where the saying "often imitated but never duplicated" comes from. :)
I agree, but I'm sure Steve wasn't born with his knack for divine drumming -- he worked his butt off and played, played and played with a whole bunch of great musicians. Sure, there may be a small genetic factor involved, but again, mastery and musicality are gained through hard work and experience. Nobody's going to sound like Gadd, and Gadd isn't going to sound like anyone else...

...and hooray for that!
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Old 01-31-2009, 07:58 PM
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Old 02-01-2009, 04:13 AM
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Posted a couple weeks ago, here's some real lively drumming with Joe Cocker and Stuff from their 1976 tour -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwUIv...eature=related
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:22 PM
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i'm on this thread to ask a question, but first.....
i think that gadd is amazing at what he does because he can make something that is simple sound complicated...he himself believes this to be very important in drumming..'simplicity is not stupidity'.....(actually i believe that steve jordan said that but you get my point!)
he can do it all, but chooses not to show it......because it doesnt fit musically

my question is this......in Gadd's dvd 'steve gadd up close'...is it true that he was high for it??
because after watching it there is a compelling arguement for it!...he is much too laid back and in his head,and he gives off quite a strange vibe.....good example..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-jG1...eature=channel

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Old 02-20-2009, 05:53 AM
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Yes, he was definitely on "something", this was nothing new to Gadd, as he was heavily into drugs in the 70's and early 80's. He's not proud of it, but thats just the way the scene was in those days.
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Old 02-28-2009, 12:43 PM
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Tonight on german/french TV ARTE at "one shot not", hosted by
Alice Tumler und Manu Katché: Randy Crawford & Joe Sample & Steva Gadd & Nick Sample....and in HD:-)
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Old 02-28-2009, 06:14 PM
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Yes, he was definitely on "something", this was nothing new to Gadd, as he was heavily into drugs in the 70's and early 80's. He's not proud of it, but thats just the way the scene was in those days.
True that. But the good part is that he's been clean and sober for going on nearly 20 years now.
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Old 02-28-2009, 08:08 PM
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Yes, he was definitely on "something", this was nothing new to Gadd, as he was heavily into drugs in the 70's and early 80's. He's not proud of it, but thats just the way the scene was in those days.

I'm pretty sure that's how the scene is these days...
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Old 03-16-2009, 11:20 PM
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True that. But the good part is that he's been clean and sober for going on nearly 20 years now.
I remember reading that he went into rehab around '86 or '87 and was completely sober by '88, so that would mean he's been clean and clear for OVER 20 years now.
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Old 03-17-2009, 02:47 AM
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I remember reading that he went into rehab around '86 or '87 and was completely sober by '88, so that would mean he's been clean and clear for OVER 20 years now.
Even better. I stand corrected.
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Old 03-17-2009, 03:12 AM
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I miss the old "Baked out of his mind" Gadd. Somthing about him trying to explain the beats while high just makes me laugh so much. But on the other hand, I'm glad we didn't lose him to substance abuse.
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Old 03-25-2009, 02:25 PM
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Steve Gadd is the reason why I sarted playing the drums. Nough said.
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Old 03-25-2009, 03:32 PM
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Im going to see him with Eric Clapton in may.
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:16 AM
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This Sunday Steve played with his Gang (Joey de Francesco - Ronnie Cuber....)
here in Basel Switzerland. Nice pictures from the lobby....no black sticks..

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Old 04-08-2009, 11:47 AM
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I was at this concert !

Steve play very well !

But I think he don't make new things since 30 years...

But he's groove is incredible...
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Old 04-10-2009, 04:12 AM
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i love gadd's set, idk theres just something so simplicitly beautiful about that raven black yamaha
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:42 AM
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Gadd wrote the book on so much of what we admire in modern drumming.

A living legend and an amazing musician.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:09 PM
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Some nice reading here
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Old 04-23-2009, 04:58 PM
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A really good track I heard with Gadd on recently is "Distracted" by Al Jarreau on his album "This Time". Classic Gadd snare patterns and fills. When you hear it, it can be no one else playing.
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Old 04-26-2009, 03:36 AM
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^ Classic Gadd r&b track there. I know every note of that song inside-out. Those early '80s Jarreau albums are just top notch pop.
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Old 05-10-2009, 03:50 PM
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I've been listening to and watching Steve Gadd on Youtube for quite a while now, and during that time he has become the embodiment of everything I want to achieve as a drummer.

My question is: Can someone please recommend an iconic Gadd album or two for me to buy and listen to over and over and over again?
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Old 05-10-2009, 11:28 PM
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Steve is a legend...

But why does he look so damn miserable on his vids???
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My question is: Can someone please recommend an iconic Gadd album or two for me to buy and listen to over and over and over again?
Chick Corea - The Leprechaun or My Spanish Heart... ('70s jazz-fusion)
Al Jarreau - Breakin' Away... (early '80s R&B-pop)
Eric Clapton - Live at Hyde Park... ('90s rock)
Grover Washington Jr. - Winelight... (top-notch smooth jazz)
Steps - Smokin' in the Pit ('70s jazz-fusion)
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Old 05-11-2009, 04:22 AM
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But why does he look so damn miserable..
Careful. He is also the spitting image and an identical twin to the founder of Drummerworld Bernhard Casteglioni.
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Old 05-11-2009, 06:41 AM
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This Sunday Steve played with his Gang (Joey de Francesco - Ronnie Cuber....)
here in Basel Switzerland. Nice pictures from the lobby....no black sticks..

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Whoa. That's a weird bump on his right arm... haha
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:00 AM
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Going to see Gadd in a few hours he is playing with Eric Clapton needless to say im excited and my aunt just had a baby boy this morning and there naming it stephen which is weird in the best of ways.
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Old 05-11-2009, 02:54 PM
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Meat the beat isn't talking about physical looks, he's talking about Gadd's pissed off expression on his face. I assume it was all the drugs at the time, as his moments of looking the most miserable was when he was at the pits of his substance dependency. And since he cleaned up circa 1987 he's been much more "normal" looking in his expressions.

For example, watch Grover Washington Jr's 1981 "In Concert"... Gadd smiles I think twice during the entire hour-long set.
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:38 PM
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Hey guys forgot to post here the concert was amazing my brother was in tears for claptons skill and i was drooling over gadd he was insane i even saw him smile at the end when the were bowing such a classy show
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Old 05-15-2009, 12:31 AM
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Meat the beat isn't talking about physical looks, he's talking about Gadd's pissed off expression on his face. I assume it was all the drugs at the time, as his moments of looking the most miserable was when he was at the pits of his substance dependency. And since he cleaned up circa 1987 he's been much more "normal" looking in his expressions.

For example, watch Grover Washington Jr's 1981 "In Concert"... Gadd smiles I think twice during the entire hour-long set.
LOL! thats just what I was saying KzSg!!
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Old 05-23-2009, 05:00 PM
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I've been listening to and watching Steve Gadd on Youtube for quite a while now, and during that time he has become the embodiment of everything I want to achieve as a drummer.

My question is: Can someone please recommend an iconic Gadd album or two for me to buy and listen to over and over and over again?
There are some really good suggestions here. I'd add two by Chick Corea:

"The Mad Hatter" (very hard to find - if you do, pay particular attention to "Humpty Dumpty")
"Three Quartets"

Enjoy!
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Old 06-09-2009, 04:30 PM
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Saw Gadd playing with Eric Clapton the other week in London. Goes without saying he was really tastefull and had a lovely kit sound. Surprised to see him play the whole show with match grip though...
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:07 AM
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Here's a real gem... Gadd playing in what must be L'image back in '77: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx6To...eature=related
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Old 07-17-2009, 09:20 PM
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No doubt he´s a groovemaster and has got an almost perfect technique, like all of you said before. on my point of view i´ll try to explain you why everybody loves the way he plays the drums:
he innovated in tha groove area using a lot of PARADIDDLE variations, that´s what i think. Anybody had done that before, it was very original and pretty innovative. of course, that doesn´t mean that he is superman, but he was essential for the development of several kinds of music.
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Here's a real gem... Gadd playing in what must be L'image back in '77: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx6To...eature=related
I saw him perform with L'Image in Febuary this year, they were performing at the Iridium in NYC when I was visiting. What an opportunity to see this dude live!
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:42 PM
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What about those new sticks? Anybody knows?
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