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, Kate Bush, Paul McCartney, Chet Baker and the list goes on.
In this trio with the award winning saxophonist, Michael Blicher and Hammond organ wizard, Dan Hemmer, Steve
Gadd rediscovers the sound and fell of the drums, and in their interplay there is a musical nerve and joy that
excites even a world legend drummer at age 73.
Blicher Hemmer & Gadd unplugged the soundsystem at a recent show in Japan, and the acoustic sounds of the
instruments reconnected instantly and everything came together on a higher level. It reminded Gadd of the time
back home in Rochester when he played with Dizzy Gillespie at age 11. In Blicher Hemmer Gadd, Steve is getting
back to where it all began. With the sounds from the drums, the saxophone reed and the rotating leslie and with
the presence and communication of the three musicians and their audience, music comes alive in a whole new
way. 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.
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. “