Good God, it’s more great Gadd
After last month’s release of Gadd’s trio album with Michael Blicher andDan Hemmer, Steve reunites with his old buddy and pioneering keyboard legend Chick Corea to record a new album of jaw-dropping jazz-fusion. Steve and Chick are joined by percussionist Luisito Quintero, bassist Carlitos Del Puerto, guitarist Lionel Loueke and Steve Wilson on sax, and the resultant musicality is stunning.
Steve’s drumming is utterly fantastic; his technique is never short of incredible and here he provides such rhythmic originality as to make grown drummers cry. He dextrously grooves on ‘Chick’s Chums’, lays down sweet Latin-tinged beats on ‘Serenity’ and A‘ Spanish Song’ and makes the infectious odd-time grooves of the title track seem truly effortless; a gift he’s always had for making drum grooves that are at once perfect for the song, clever as hell, and gorgeously laid-back. And that’s just disc one. On disc two, Steve and co deliver a wonderful new take on Chick’s signature ‘Return To Forever’, while ‘Gadd-zooks’ is a drum feature in the best traditions.