The DVD captures the incredibly successful player on location at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City during the record breaking 2006 "Message From Gadd" tour. The 95-minute session offers a Q&A session with the modern drumming icon. He discusses many of the signature drum tracks he created with many artists. One highlight is a self-accompanied brush solo on "Bye, Bye Blackbird". Additional topics include applying rudiments to the drumset and playing to a click-track, odd-times, shuffles and solos in a musical context. Bonus footage includes a 20-minute Steve Gadd documentary plus a Steve Gadd - Giovanni Hidalgo duet from 1997 Modern Drummer Festival. Steve Gadd's master class, held at the Manhattan School of Music, includes question and answer segments, as well as information on the drum set, time signatures, solos, shuffles, and more.
Drummer Steve Gadd, the man responsible for some of the most memorable grooves and explosive drum solos on record, is often looked at as a perpetual sideman and session giant. Gadditude finds the man of the hour fronting/backing a band that's been backing Taylor for years. Together, without Taylor, they deliver a program that's alternately about fun, feel and depth. Gadd's partners on this journey—bassist Jimmy Johnson, trumpeter Walt Fowler , guitarist Michael Landau and keyboardist Larry Goldings—are all supremely gifted players with shared musical values, making them ideally suited for this project.
Last November Steve Gadd and Chuck Mangione reserved the month of March, 1994 to co-produce "The Hat's Back" album - (Chuck's first in several years). They began to weave this project into their already hectic schedules. The holidays, family responsibilities and two diverse performing itineraries somehow allowed sufficient time to select material and develop a feel for the music. At Steve's suggestion, they went into the studio one February night to layout a musical roadmap of the new material.
He may be in his mid-sixties, but pianist Chick Corea hasn’t slowed down in the least. In the past five years there’s been a monumental three-week run at New York’s Blue Note, focusing a bright light on acoustic ensembles past and present and beautifully documented on the ten-DVD set Rendezvous in New York (Image Entertainment, 2005).
Gadd discusses and demonstrates his own marching-band roots, his approach to the trap set, drum rudiments, and chart reading, maintaining strict tempo, practice routines and more. These are techniques that have brought him to session work with such luminaries as Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Paul McCartney, Chick Corea and many, many more.
Imagine that the top studio drummer of the 20th century decides to work on some material and jam with some of his very talented colleagues. Imagine that Steve Gadd invites you to come over and watch from right next to him so you can not only hear but actually see this guy execute some of the most amazing chops ever laid down on a drum kit. Would you in a million years turn down that invitation? This dvd is like being there… it is one of the best drum dvds I've ever seen. If you have an interest in drums, you will love this dvd. If you are a drummer, this is one you should NOT miss.
Recorded with Eddie Gomez and Steve Gadd, Satoh mostly plays acoustic piano but sounds most original when he switches to synthesizers. His music encompasses some semi-free sections.
Japanese pianist Masahiko Satoh teams up with Eddie Gomez on bass and Steve Gadd on drums on this LP which was released in 1985 on the Interface label.