STEVE GADD super baterista, versátil, criativo e contemporâneo.
Stephen Kendall Gadd (born
April 9, 1945) is an American drummer, percussionist, and session musician. Gadd is one of the most well-known and highly regarded session and studio drummers in the industry, recognized by his induction into the Modern
Drummer Hall of Fame in 1984. Gadd's performance on Paul Simon's "50
Ways to Leave Your Lover" and Steely Dan's
"Aja" are examples of his style. He has worked with popular musicians
from many genres including Simon & Garfunkel, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Kate
Bush, Joe Cocker, Grover Washington Jr., Chick Corea, Lee Ritenour, and Al
In a Modern Drummer interview
Gadd mentioned that some of his influences at a young age and later on included Buddy Rich, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, and the "less is more" style of Rick Marotta.
Corea once commented, "Every drummer wants to play like Gadd because he plays perfect.... He has
brought orchestral and compositional thinking to the drum kit while at the same time having a great imagination and a great ability to swing."
In 2005, along with Abraham Laboriel, Patrice Rushen and
others, Gadd was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music for outstanding contributions to contemporary music.
Way Back Home: Live from Rochester, NY by the Steve Gadd Band is nominated for the Grammy
Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.
A short list of musicians with whom Gadd has worked includes Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Al Jarreau, Joe Cocker, Stuff, Bob James, Chick Corea, Eric Clapton, Pino Daniele, James Taylor, Jim Croce, Eddie Gómez, The
Manhattan Transfer, Michal Urbaniak, Steps Ahead, Tony Banks, Manhattan Jazz Quintet, Carly Simon, Richard Tee, Jon Bon Jovi, Chet Baker, Paul Desmond, The Bee Gees, Michael McDonald, Michel Petrucciani, Kate Bush, David Sanborn, Kurt Baebi, and Blicher Hemmer Gadd.
Gadd recorded and toured with Eric Clapton in 1994/1996 and again from 1997 to 2004. 1997 also saw him on a world tour in a trio with the French jazz great Michel Petrucciani and his long time band colleague, bassist Anthony Jackson (captured on the Trio in Tokyo CD and Live in Stuttgart DVD/VHS). He also continued his long-time collaboration
with artist Paul Simon, joining him in concert on numerous occasions, often alongside Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira.
Gadd played on the blues album Riding with the King along with B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Jimmie Vaughan and a few others.
In 2009, Gadd returned to Clapton's band to play 11 nights at the Royal Albert Hall and was part of Clapton's touring band throughout May 2009.
Also in 2009, Gadd reunited with his band from 1973, "L'Image", featuring Mike Mainieri, Warren Bernhardt, David Spinozza and Tony
Levin. The group performed at the Iridium
Jazz Club in New York City, toured Japan, and released the album L'Image 2.0.
Gadd played next to Eric Clapton at Crossroads show. In 2011, Gadd worked with Kate
Bush on her 50 Words for Snow album, and she declared during an interview by Jamie Cullum that she had wanted to work with Steve Gadd for a long time but had not had the courage to approach him; she described him as "a sweet person, really down to earth" and said that "his interpretation of music is so sophisticated",
and also that she loved working with him due to a real chemistry that started to click in.
Gadd toured in 2014 with James Taylor.