Drumlegend Steve Gadd with 2-times Danish Grammy winning saxophonist Michael Blicher and Hammond-wizard Dan Hemmer.
Award winning saxophonist Michael Blicher, Hammond wizard Dan Hemmer and legendary drummer Steve Gadd joined forces in 2014 to celebrate their shared love for Hammond-organ soul/jazz. The band has now played more than 50 shows throughout the world and released 2 live albums. This band is a unique opportunity to experience the worlds most innovative drummer unfold his talent, playing a kind of music that he is most passionate about. “This is honest Music. No one plays like this anymore.” Steve Gadd says.
Their first album “Blicher Hemmer Gadd” was released in 2014.
The latest album, “Omara”, was released on a 2018 release-tour, that brought the band to Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Japan.
The drums are back!
This is a weird sentence coming from a drummer. Never the less this describes how Steve Gadd feels when he plays with Michael Blicher and Dan Hemmer in the band Blicher Hemmer Gadd. “This is honest Music. No one plays like this anymore.” Steve Gadd says. For the last 50 years he has played with Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Chick Corea, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Paul McCartney, Chet Baker and the list goes on.
The sound of Blicher Hemmer Gadd
Together with the award winning saxophonist, Michael Blicher (known from the successful nordic afro- beat band The Kutimangoes) and hammond organ wizard, Dan Hemmer, Steve Gadd rediscovers the sound and feel of the drums playing almost acoustically. The sounds are coming directly from the drumskin, the bamboo saxophone reed and the turning tone wheels of the 50 year old Hammond organ and with the presence and communication of these three musicians, their instruments and an audience, music comes alive in a whole new way, which excites even a world legend drummer at age 73.
This way of playing reminds Gadd of the times back home in Rochester when he sat in with Dizzy Gillespie and other touring jazz bands. It’s simple and yet very remarkable that a successful drummer as Steve Gadd still can find new ways to unfold music and discover such heartiness.
“Flawless craft and mesmerizing artistry in perfect dialogue” – Sydney Morning Herald
Saxophonist Michael Blicher composes most of the music for the band. He often finds his inspiration by traveling and through journeys to New Orleans, Nashville, Bulgaria, Asia and to West Africa, he has found a form of “universal musical energy” that affects something essentially in most human beings. “As a distinctly lyrical writer and saxophonist, you could say Blicher brings out the soul of the
band.” (AllAboutJazz.com). The music of Blicher Hemmer Gadd is loaded with energy, passion and creativity and is performed with dazzling interplay with lots of room for improvisations and for each musician to unfold their unique playing and they have reach the hearts and ears of so many fans around the globe.
First Saxophone player in “Modern Drummer”.
The news of this amazing successful trio collaboration has also reached the United States. The legendary magazine, Modern Drummer recently contacted Michael Blicher for an interview. They wanted an interview on his approach to composing and playing music and to hear about his experiences with collaborating with the world’s greatest drummer. Blicher was happy to share his compositional thoughts and experiences and he was pleased to be the first saxophonist ever to be credited in the magazine.
Jazzwise Magazine (UK) ****
“A mesmerising show from an extraordinary trio” “tunes loaded with energy, passion and creativity. The band was so tight and their set just right, but then so was Gadd, with another quote on their website about this band “becoming something really special and unique”. Many would argue they already are.”
Legendary BBC DJ, Gilles Peterson recently presented the Blicher Hemmer Gadd album on his show saying “Now here´s something real interesting!”.
AllAboutJazz .com ****
Judging by the effusive enthusiasm of the audiences at the conclusion of each track and the consistently high quality of songs on this album, this must be a great band to witness in the flesh. The record is driven by dazzling interplay and represents the real vibe of the band in a live environment. As a distinctly lyrical writer and saxophonist, you could say Blicher brings out the soul of the band.”
Rhytm Magazine (UK) ****
“The album captures the live energy and swing, enthusiastically received by fans in an intimate jazz club setting. It’s bluesy, swinging and soulful jazz played by exceptional musicians, with Gadd´s unique talent inevitably showcased throughout.”
The Sydney Morning Herald (AUS) ***(*)
“Flawless craft and mesmerizing artistry in perfect dialogue. So sensual as to steal the breath from your body.”
The Scotsman (Scotland)
“An album that effortlessly manages to give soul-jazz a great name. This trio works up some irresistibly funky grooves”
Steve Gadd on the Blicher Hemmer Gadd project:
“It´s a ball playing with these guys. It´s really all about the three of us supporting each other and creating honest music together – it´s really something!
The music that Michael writes 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, and I think he has come up with his own unique thing and the crowds loved it. “