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Live album · 2021

Filed under Fusion
By STEVE GADD

Tracklist

1 Where's Earth? 7:06
2 Doesn't She Know By Now 6:29
3 Timpanogos 5:47
4 Hidden Drive 7:18
5 Walk With Me 6:06
6 One Point Five 4:54
7 Way Back Home 9:20
8 Rat Race 7:35
9 Watching The River Flow 5:42

Japanese edition(Victor – VICJ-61787,2021) bonus track:
10 Foameopathy 8:45

Line-up/Musicians

- Steve Gadd / drums
- David Spinozza / guitar
- Walt Fowler / trumpet
- Kevin Hays / keyboards, voclas
- Jimmy Johnson / bass

About this release

BFM Jazz – 621 834 676 2 (US)

Recorded live at The Blue Note Tokyo in December of 2018

Thanks to snobb for the addition and js for the updates

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If you were a jazz fan in the 70s then you no doubt are very familiar with the drumming of Steve Gadd. Possibly only Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea left a bigger jazz footprint in the 70s than Steve, whose creative drumming showed up on so many jazz, funk, RnB and pop albums throughout the decade, and of course right up to today as well. “At Blue Note Tokyo” is Steve’s latest album and it showcases his band at a relaxed and very groove oriented live show at the famous club in Japan. Joining Steve are his usual band mates of Kevin Hays on keys and vocals, Jimmy Johnson on bass, Walt Fowler on trumpet and longtime associate David Spinozza filling in on guitar.

This being a live gig, the band keeps things mostly cool in a crowd pleasing way, and even includes a couple vocal numbers that are always a good way of building a stronger report with an audience. The CD opens with “Where’s Earth” with a touch of psychedelic mystery. The following two tracks, “Doesn’t She by Now” and “Timpanogos” are two of the best on the album with their catchy melodic content and no sweat infectious groove. The following blues and vocal tracks seem more like crowd pleasers and they work well that way.

The band picks up some steam on the Latin flavored “One Point Five” with Kevin Hays turning in a short but intense montuno driven piano solo and Gadd giving us his only solo on the album. The two following funk numbers keep the energy level up there with “Way Back Home” pushing Hays into another hot piano solo, this time with a New Orleans flavor. “Rat Race” keeps the funk flowing with Spinozza turning up the saturated distortion for his most rocking solo on the album.

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