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Maximum Grooves: Collecting Coast to Coast

Jason Wormer (engineer), Jeff Kashiwa and Jason Miles

Producer and composer Jason Miles clearly remembers when he started thinking about the concept of his new supergroup, Maximum Grooves: “It started in 1974. I walked into a club in New York City one night after a cousin told me her boyfriend was in Mikells [a club on 97th and Columbus], and that I should come on down.”

Her boyfriend was pianist Don Grolnick, and his band included alto saxophonist David Sanborn, bassist Will Lee, guitarist Joe Beck and drummer Steve Gadd. The band’s rollicking repertoire included a song by Grolnick called “Cactus.” “What a pocket, what a groove, what great changes,” Miles recalls. “Everyone played that song at the time. It was a piece of the whole scene.”

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