Good God, it’s more great Gadd

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

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.

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