The new Steve Gadd Band disc 'Gadditude'...
I just got a chance to listen to it and just wanted t report;
It's The James Taylor band without James Taylor.
The compositions are simple at first listen but do grow and reveal some very interesting and even 'clever' Moments.
The single Bass solo is a worthwhile addition to the overall Picture whilst the Playing is 'on point' throughout.
The drums may be a little too loud to my ear but it does say 'Steve Gadd Band' on the cover. Fair enough, the playing is 'on' however, so the percieved loudness is something one might just have to live with and is the only misgiving I have about this. Not John Paterno's brightest moment I'd guess...but who knows who had 'the say' when it got to the mix and maybe they did a great job to their own ears.
Larry Goldings is as tasteful as i've never herd him whilst Michael Landau is as tasteful as I'd have expected him to be.
Jimmy Johnson's tone may persuade anyone on the fence to at last get that alembic as he sounds amazing...another first for me is hearing an alembic that sounds THAT good to me.
Walt Fowlers Trumpet too plays a role that very much enriches the experience listening to this.
There's just something about his tone and playing...'on' in every sense of the word and when ever he is heard on this recording. He gives that feel which I had so enjoyed on Allan Holdsworth's 'The sixteen men of Tain' !
Very worth while and even if it doesn't catch on after the first round I'd most certainly give it a second and even a third chance!
Personal favorites are at the moment tracks 1, 4 and 9.