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Steve Gadd

• Steve Gadd (drums)

• Joey DeFrancesco

• Ronnie Cuber
(baritone sax)

• Paul Bollenback

Joey & Steve 2010

Gadd & Bollenback

Steve Gadd & Friends

*Available on iTunes NOW:

Steve Gadd, Joey Defrancesco, Ronnie Cuber & Paul Bollenback - Live At Voce

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*The album comes with a free track available until May 5th.
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This has been a simply stellar year for Steve Gadd. Between tours, recordings, and performances with world renown artists such as
Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Alain Clark, and Edie Brickell, he
somehow also managed to record and produce 3 albums himself,
the first of these being Steve Gadd & Friends "Live at Voce."

It’s the debut CD by a band that has actually been touring
sporadically since 2007. Steve Gadd & Friends is comprised of
Gadd on drums, Joey DeFrancesco on Hammond organ and
trumpet (!), Ronnie Cuber on baritone sax, and Paul Bollenback
on guitar. Even though Gadd is a master at all genres, it’s easy
to tell that this is the type music he truly enjoys playing the most.
The music seems to effortlessly breathe with its deep groves
and emotional expressionism. It was recorded at an intimate
setting, in Scottsdale Arizona, at Voce’ Lounge. If you listen with headphones on, it’s as if the band is playing right in front of you.
You can hear the ambiance of the gig; counting off of the tunes,
people cheering, shouting, and clapping, …and the clinking
of occasional drink glasses.

On one hand it’s a nod to the past, as Gadd and Cuber played for
many years together in The Gadd Gang. But on the other hand,
they’re charting new territory with DeFrancesco taking it into the stratosphere with the Hammond and Bollenback painting the
canvas with a fusion that seamlessly glues it all together. The
music is immediate and intense. Despite the laid back feel of
"Bye Bye Blackbird ", with its hip brush strokes, muted trumpet,
dripping guitar phrases, and submarine sax, these four gentlemen
are symbiotic, fluid, and cohesive. They conjure up myriad sonic
landscapes outside of space and time by dousing the audience
with pure musical joy.

Gadd always knows when to leave space and just groove,
but he also provides some brilliant and dazzling drum solos, too.
"Sister Sadie" is a perfect example. What starts out as a blazing
strait-ahead tune, with Cuber blowing bolts of lightening, and then Bollenback flailing away into hidden fretboard realms, gradually
turns into Gadd trading fierce fours with DeFrancesco. He throws
off the snares, picks up the brushes, and then unveils a tribal masterpiece. Just as enjoyable and revealing is his new take
on the Gadd Gand classic "Way Back Home." This version is
a bit wider, looser, and dirtier, with the raunchy sax and organ
screaming back and forth like rabid, territorial jazz cats. Gadd
rips into his solo here with the exuberance and finesse of
a wise master craftsman.

"Them Changes" is a chef d'oeuvre that only seasoned
professionals like these four friends could cook up and then
actually pull off. It’s an abstract and Barfly-esque study in funk.
Twists and turns abound as they speak in music to each other.
Their interplay is beatific as the euphoria fills the room. In a
time where most music relies on computer enhancements,
this is an organic anomaly straight from the source. If this is
their debut recording, one can only image what they will do
next! Don’t miss out on this astounding new release.

-Malcolm Moore
Ronnie, Paul & Steve
Joey Defrancesco
*Poster by Maria Friske 2009
Steve Gadd and Friends Catalina Jazz Club, November 11, 2009
Relentless timekeeping. Deliberate comping. All dry. All fat. All in control and grooving. All Gadd.
This was indeed a fanfare announcing the band—“We’re here!”—and hit the upper range of dynamics
for the night. The encore, Caravan, hit another dynamic peak, and together with the opener functioned
as hard covers to the mostly soft and patient narrative of the set. The second composition was a highlight
and a better indicator of the band’s musical approach for the evening. It was a reggae-leaning original with
a hypnotic riff from Bollenback that entered at a low simmer and boldly rode a low-rising arc through the
solos, exiting quietly back out. Similarly, they followed with a version of Sister Sadie that had Gadd
maintaining a pulsing 16th note pattern with brushes on his first floor tom in unwavering commitment to
controlled exposition. When he finally incorporated the full drumset during his solo, he had accrued broad
untouched sonic territory in which he reveled to great effect. The overriding philosophy seemed to be:
always allow room to expand. These guys were not going to play themselves into a corner with volume
and notes. Also at this point in the few notes I took, I wrote, “No one plays brushes as sticks like Gadd.”
It’s true. He gets a physicality, and tone, and articulation from brushes when he plays them vertically
that is unique to him.
Steve Gadd Interview -
"Hello Steve:

Firstly I would like to send you my best wishes for a very Happy New Year
full of Health, Happiness and Good Music. I am sending you some pictures from your
concerts in Athens along with my best regards. Thank you very much for being here
and sharing with us your amazing playing.

All the best,
Steve Gadd & Friends: 12.13-15.2007
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