After a remarkable success of HEAVY WEATHER (1977) , Weather Report fan were waiting for the next album, which was MR.GONE. One announcement was that “STEVE GADD has participated”.
The later half of 70s was in really fusion boom heat up. Steve Gadd became very famous in STUFF (“STUFF” in 1976 and “MORE STUFF” in 1977).
Joint play of Jaco Pastorius and Steve Gadd !!, here came !!!
Sales of Mr.Gone was not bad….but general reputation…….too much experimental……
“Only YOUNG AND FINE is good”. Oh, terrible!!!
I like YOUNG AND FINE as well. However, it is pity that Steve Gadd is not so like Steve Gadd !! Even Steve Gadd at that time, it was not possible to show STEVE GADD in WEATHER REPORT ????
Listen to another YOUNG AND FINE in STEPS/SMOKIN’ IN THE PIT (1980).
This is supreme STEVE GADD!!
———————————MR.GONE———————-SMOKIN’ IN THE PIT
DRUMS————————-STEVE GADD—————-STEVE GADD
BASS—————————-JACO PASTORIUS————EDDIE GOMES
KEY——————————JOE ZAWINUL—————-DON GROLNICK
SAX——————————WAYNE SHORTER————MICHAEL BRECKER
HIGH HAT————————PETER EARSKIN
All of the musicians above are GOD for me…… But each character is much different. That is interesting.