In the early ’70s he moved to New York City and quickly established himself as the leading session drummer when the recording industry was at its all-time high. Early jazz and fusion dates with Chick Corea, Lee Ritenour, Stanley Clarke and Chuck Mangione reveal a ferociously talented but wholly sympathetic virtuoso.
During the 1980s he made the idea of the session drummer cool, an artist in his own right, when previously every drummer wanted to be in a band.
Following triple-session days in the studio, he and his fellow session elite grooved the nights away in the NY clubs with Stuff and Gadd’s Gang.
Here he is doing ‘The Gadd Solo’ with Stuff live at the 1976 Montreux festival. It’s classic ‘big hair’-era Steve.