Michael Blicher, Dan Hemmer and legendary drummer Steve Gadd toured Scandinavia in the beginning of 2014 with 16 sold-out shows in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. All shows were recorded and this live-album is a collection of the finest and most hard-swingin´ moments. “I grew up listening to organ bands - I love it.” Gadd states.
A chance encounter and a shared love of this special kind of music lead Steve Gadd, known for his collaboration with Paul Simon, Steely Dan and Eric Clapton among others, to join forces with saxophone player Michael Blicher and Hammond organ player Dan Hemmer from one of Denmarks most likeable and succesfull bands, Astro Buddha Agogo.
This album is a unique opportunity to experience one of the world's most innovative and highly regarded drummers unfold his talent, playing a kind of music he is very most passionate about – organtrio souljazz. The album contains original music by Michael Blicher plus Lester Youngs classic “In a little Spanish town” and a soulful ballad by Yusef Lateef who passed away just one month before this recording.
Steve Gadd on the Blicher Hemmer Gadd project:
Q: How was it to tour with this trio project?
A: “It was our debut tour and I had a ball playing with these guys, it was a lot of fun and I think that this could become a really unique trio. Often all the travelling can be a bit rough, but we had so many laughs together and also Michael brought so much great music on the tour bus for me to listen to and it inspired me a lot.”
Q: How was it playing a club tour like this in a trio format and how did the audience receive the music you played?
A: “I truly enjoyed it! The crowds were so receptive and they really loved Michael’s music and us as a band. They made us all feel very appreciated – that was really something!”
Q: You recorded most of the shows you played on the 2014 tour and this turned in to an album. How would you describe the music?
A: “The music that Michael wrote for this band is just very unique and it fits perfectly to his and Dan’s way of playing. I grew up listening to organ bands - I love that kind of music. I know Michael has been listening to a lot of great New Orleans drummers. Inspired by that kind of laid-back way of playing and lot´s of other great soulful music, I think he has come up with his own unique thing and the crowds loved it.
released September 15, 2014
MICHAEL BLICHER SAX, DAN HEMMER HAMMOND ORGAN, STEVE GADD DRUMS
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