I’m usually on RNZ once a month to have a chat about some new albums. But the other day I got the call up to present a Music Feature for the Afternoons show.
Well, actually, I was on-air talking about some albums in my regular review slot and I was promoting the back that legendary drummer Steve Gadd was about to arrive in New Zealand to tour with The Rodger Fox Big Band. Next thing, host Jesse Mulligan reveals that he’ll be talking to Steve Gadd in the studio; asks if I want in on it.
Do I what!
So, on Tuesday, October 16 of 2018 I found myself in the studio sitting across from Steve Gadd. (Funnily enough I thought he’d be in Auckland and I’d just be in the Wellington studio alone – so it was good to get a call from the segment-producer tipping me off that morning). Steve was very nice to meet and speak to, I got to gush a bit; telling him ahead of the recording that I’d been listening to him my whole life. After I got him to sign a couple of key records for me that he’d been an important player on. He was happy to do it but keen to talk about everyone else’s performance rather than his own. Lovely, humble, sincere guy.
So on air we talked through some of his life and career and played some snippets of feature-tracks; the various “Gaddisms” which I wrote about earlier were on display in these tracks. And there are plenty of playlists on Spotify featuring Gadd’s highlights. I found one – included below – that is about 30 hours long! And I spotted, as I made my way through some of it, that many of my favourite Gadd-tracks aren’t even on there. It could literally go on for days…
We could have too – we only scratched the surface of the surface. A wee rimshot of an interview. But it was special. It was wonderful. I’m very grateful to Jesse Mulligan for calling on me, for trusting I’d be a help, not a hindrance. For being open to having a co-pilot for the interview rather than hogging it all for himself. I tried my best to sit out of the way at times, then jump in when I thought of something. It was a terrific opportunity. And I’ve been told it made for good radio. One day I’ll even listen back to it myself.
But if you missed it here is our conversation.