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Thank Gadd for 70 Strong.

Article by Sean Mitchell // April 10 2015
Thank Gadd for 70 Strong.

Thank Gadd for 70 Strong (slight pause for full pun effect). 

Drummers and non-drummers alike will be incredibly impressed with Steve's latest effort—and I am not necessarily talking from the drumming aspect. (His prowess behind the kit at 70 years young is already implied, one would assume.) 

Are there licks to be copped? I mean, come on; it's Gadd! Pure Gaddists will particularly enjoy track five, "Sly Boots." 

No, fellow drum geeks, your Gaddulation for this 11-song masterpiece will come from the pure intelligence of five musicians who have recorded a work of art born out of maturity, musicianship and true artistic integrity. If ever you find yourself wondering WWGD? (What Would Gadd Do?), this is your answer.   

Looking for a drum-solo album with musical accompaniment? Not here. Looking for one of those albums like Blue Train and Monk's Dream where you put on a song and you somehow reconnect to why you even started playing music, where you get completely lost in each track and find yourself just sitting and actually listening as a humbled fan of music and not as a musician? This is that album. 

I'm hesitant to call 70 Strong  a jazz album; that would be far too limiting. This is a collection of songs that could each stand up on their own in many genres. Steve has assembled a group of players who not only know how to play, but really know how to play together. Every song comes across as a sincere band effort, each track pulling you into this heavy world of music with such warm space between the notes you can't help but stop and listen. 

70 Strong is an album that excludes nobody. I listened to this album with my wife (a vocalist who plays piano and guitar) and we both found ourselves picking out the influences from Gadd's illustrious career. From Eric Clapton and Steely Dan to Paul Simon and Chick Corea, they are all in here in spirit. 

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Sean Mitchell

Sean Mitchell has been an active participant in the drumming industry for over 20 years. He has studied under Crash Test Dummies drummer Mitch Dorge and Drumming's Global Ambassador Dom Famularo. Sean is also a songwriter and regularly performs with his wife (and singer) Jill Mitchell. Sean proudly endorses Aquarian Drumheads.



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