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5 Classic Steve Gadd Drum Tracks

Nate Chinen on essential '70s-'80s Gadd

Paul SImon
Steve Gadd
Chick Corea and Steve Gadd, backstage at the 1980 Berkeley Jazz Festival

Steve Gadd hasn’t stopped laying down deep grooves on record: See his work on Quartette Humaine, the recent Bob James and David Sanborn album, or 50 Words for Snow, a 2011 outing by the art-rock heroine Kate Bush. But he was on a special tear from the mid-’70s into the ’80s, a period that yielded these five indelible tracks.


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