Friday, February 6, 2009

No. 12 ~ Steve Gadd ~

A drummer who took drumming into amazing heights. He is indeed one of the most talked about drummers of this time for being one of the most influential drummer that there is. He is probably by far one of the most imitated drummer in the world. Making drummers like me trying to imitate great grooves and solos such as "Crazy Army, The Mozambique, and 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover groove." Of course, I'm talking about non-other then the astounding Dr. Steve Gadd!

This man is what many young drummers like me call a living legend! His simple yet advance groove is legendary! Probably one of his most well recognized work is with Paul Simon on the song "Late In The Evening" with his Mozambique groove. Using 4 drumsticks "two sticks for each hand."

Being an in-demand drummer, he has worked with many great artists such as Paul Simon, The Bee Gees, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, James Brown, Chick Corea, Frank Sinatra, to just name a few. He is without a doubt one of the greatest drummers I have ever seen!

One song he is also well known for is "Take The A Train"

Michel Petrucciani - Piano, Anthony Jackson - Bass, Steve Gadd - Drums. The solo at the 5 minute mark is astounding, if you listen to it, you feel like he is telling a story with the drums. It is amazing!

Another video which he is most notoriously famous for is a drum solo with Dave Weckl and Vinnie Colaiuta in the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert. Out of those 3 drummers, Gadd was pretty much the highlight in the whole video.

Dont believe me? You can click on the vid and see who all the Youtubers like and agree on who's the greatest out of the 3. If you still dont know which one... he's the one in the middle. And around 2:47 of the video... that is the "Crazy Army" which has led many drummers wishing they could do it exactly like Steve did, and at 3:25, that's the Mozambique!!! So you can cleary see why drummers everywhere loves his style of groove and soloing.

Steve Gadd is definitely one that will always be remembered as the groove king! To me, a legend that I most definitely would want to meet, and see perform live before I die. To Dr. Steve Gadd, the drummer, the drumming icon, the living legend!
the earlier years

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