Harvey Mason and Steve Gadd

My friend P contacts me the other day and goes: "wanna go see Harvey Mason tomorrow?" My answer, before he had time to finish his question, was: "Harvey Mason!! Of course!!" So the next day, I met up with P and we went to the concert hall together. At the entrance, we see the poster for the show and it said: "Harvey Mason Trio, Steve Gadd and the Crusaders, Dave Koz and friends." The first thing that came to my mind was, "geez, Gadd is also playing here...I wonder when his show is?!?!" Then it hit me. I was holding a ticket to see Mason AND Gadd! P himself didn't even know. We were pleasantly surprised. VERY pleasantly.

Thanks to years of attendance at the Montreal Drumfest, I've had the opportunity to see MANY of the top drummers in the world, including Dennis Chambers, Vinnie Colaiuta, Terry Bozzio, Thomas Lang, Virgil Donati, Joe Morello, Dom Famularo, Dave Weckl, Horacio Hernandez, Chad Smith, you name it... but not Gadd, yet. And he's been number one on my drummers-to-see-before-I-die list. Then the opportunity comes to me out of nowhere, without any expectations whatsoever.

The show was absolutely amazing. It started with a short set with Mason and his trio. Some wicked swinging took place.
Harvey Mason

Then Gadd brought out his Crusaders and he showed us how to groove, with some insanely simple, yet delicate and nuanced drumming. Beautiful. Just beautiful. Then of course, in the middle of his set, he lets a solo rip. Thunderous.
Steve Gadd

The third set was a bonus. Some saxophonist called Dave Koz. He and his band gave a great show. He also brought out a cute little 19 year-old called Kelly Sweet. She made me think of Michelle Branch with her voice. Nice pair of... lungs.

Thanks P, it was truly an amazing show. Now, you wanna help me see number two on my drummers-to-see-before-I-die list? That would be funkmeister David Garibaldi!

Finally, here I leave you with another little clip of Thomas Lang, who I talked about in a surprisingly popular post some time ago. It was recorded at the 2007 Montreal Drumfest (too bad I wasn't there!). What a machine this guy is.


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