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Master Series DVD - Steve Gadd

Hudson Music recently announced the introduction of its new “Master Series”. This ongoing series of drum DVDs will feature recognized master drummers as well as contemporary players who have made a major impact on music in live, master class settings. Unlike traditional drum clinics, the master class is a more intimate educational environment that allows a deeper level of interaction between a drummer and his audience and often leads to spontaneous, inspired and inspiring results.

While future releases will showcase players such as Antonio Sanchez, Jason Bittner and John Blackwell, as befits the unique quality of the “Master Series” and master class concept, Hudson’s initial “Master Series” DVD features one of the most influential drummers and musicians of all time, Steve Gadd. The DVD captures the gracious, humble yet incredibly successful player at the peak of his career and was filmed on location at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City during the record breaking 2006 “Message From Gadd” tour organized by the A. Zildjian company.

The one-hour and thirty-five-minute “Master Class” session offers unprecedented view of a modern drumming icon as Steve reveals his approach to the drums and music through an open, question-and-answer format. His natural warmth, charisma and abundant drumming skills are readily apparent as he demonstrates and discusses many of the signature drum tracks he created with artists such as Simon & Garfunkel, Steeley Dan, Chick Corea, James Taylor and Eric Clapton. One of the many highlights of the performance is a self-accompanied brush solo on “Bye, Bye Blackbird”. Additional topics include applying rudiments to the drumset and playing to a click-track, odd-times, shuffles and solos in a musical context. Bonus footage includes a 20-minute Steve Gadd documentary from the 2003 American Drummers Achievement Award ceremony plus a Steve Gadd - Giovanni Hidalgo duet from 1997 Modern Drummer Festival.