Tag Archives: Chuck Mangione

A Larry Bunker – Steve Gadd Mind Meld?

SKF NOTE: Two days ago Frank Godiva’s post on the Great Drummer’s Group Facebook page reminded me of a question I would love to ask Steve Gadd. Godiva’s post concerned master percussionist Larry Bunker, and showed Bunker’s The Larry Bunker … Continue reading

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Joe LaBarbera: My Gretsch Set-Up with Chuck Mangione

SKF NOTE: In the early 1970s Joe LaBarbera was recording and performing with Chuck Mangione. The group released three excellent albums with Mr. LaBarbera: Land of Make Believe (Mercury, 1973), Bellavia (A&M, 1975), and Chase the Clouds Away (A&M, 1975). … Continue reading

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James Bradley, Jr. Modern Drummer Interview 1981

SKF NOTE:┬áJames Bradley, Jr. earned the drum chair with Chuck Mangione after his immediate predecessors: Joe LaBarbera and Steve Gadd. Mr. Bradley recorded with Chuck Mangione some excellent albums. Feels So Good (1977) had its┬átitle song reach #4 on Billboard’s … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday: My Pivotal Moments with Steve Gadd

SKF NOTE: A belated happy birthday to Steve Gadd. Paraphrasing bassist Ron Carter when asked how Elvin Jones changed drumming: Listen to drummers before Steve Gadd hit the scene and listen to drummers after. There are many excellent pop and … Continue reading

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Steve Gadd Alive!: St. Thomas

SKF NOTE: For Steve Gadd fans, this is a 1972 Down Beat record review of Chuck Mangione’s Alive! album. Not available in MP3 (Rats!). But this is some great Steve Gadd, in concert on a four-piece Gretsch drumset. Check out … Continue reading

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