My Valence Project band mates Brain and Melissa Reese suggested we check out the Steve Gadd Band at Yoshi's last night. I've had the privilege of seeing Steve many times; with Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, and most recently at SF Jazz with David Sanborn and Bob James. He's always super tasteful and groovy. From being part of the house band at CTI Records, often with Ron Carter on bass and revolving leaders including Jim Hall, Paul Desmond, Chet Baker and Hubert Laws, to Stuff (the Live at Montreux dvd is a must have) Gadd can play any style of music with conviction and taste. For his own band he had Larry Goldings on B3 (I believe I first saw Larry with John McLaughlin many years ago) Larry Johnson (James Taylor/ Allan Holdsworth) on bass, Walter Fowler on trumpet and fluglehorn, and Michael Landau on guitar. The music ranged from funk to New Orleans second line, to blues to a lovely straight-ahead version of Bye Bye Blackbird. So inspirational!