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Steve Gadd Band: Way Back Home

During the concert documented on Way Back Home, drummer Steve Gadd says, “I feel a lotta love in this room tonight.” Indeed, the affection flowing between the stage and the audience is palpable and the positive energy is clearly buoying Gadd and the band, who deliver a joyous performance in Gadd’s hometown of Rochester, N.Y.

The show was recorded at Gadd’s alma mater, the Eastman School of Music, during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival on June 26, 2015 (shortly after Gadd’s 70th birthday). Gadd and his stellar band-trumpeter/flugelhornist Walt Fowler, keyboardist Larry Goldings, bassist Jimmy Johnson and guitarist Michael Landau-give a master class on performing with invention and taste as they offer an infectiously grooving set drawn mostly from Gadd’s two most recent albums, Gadditude and 70 Strong.

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