Episode 88 – Artist Feature – Steve Jordan
This week we present our latest artist feature highlighting the career of Steve Jordan.
Steve got his major studio break due to a massive snow storm that paralyzed New York City in 1977. Most of the first call drummers lived outside of Manhattan and when travel became impossible Steve was able to make several sessions over a week long period. That act of nature and the ability to take advantage of his opportunities allowed Steve to cement his status as an A-list session musician.
Aside from his prodigious studio resume Steve also has a tremendous live playing career. He was the first drummer for Saturday Night Live. His relationship with Paul Shaffer continued past Saturday night’s and ultimately landed him a five year stint as the house drummer for Late Night with David Letterman. Since that time he’s toured with likes of: Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, David Sanborn, John Mayer, and his own band, The Verbs.
In this show we highlight our favorite Steve Jordan tracks and dissect what makes them great. With Steve’s diverse career we’ll be listening to numerous songs that span such varied genres as: disco, fusion, and Americana rock and roll.
Phil’s picks are:
1. ‘Who’s Who’ from the John Scofield album, Who’s Who
2. ‘Squish’ from the Brecker Brothers album, Detente
3. ‘No Particular Place to Go” from the movie soundtrack, Hail, Hail Rock and Roll
4. ‘Waiting on the World to Change’ from the John Mayer album, Continuum
Jon’s picks are:
1. ‘Snakes’ from the David Sanborn album, Upfront
2. ‘Messin with the Kid’ from the Blues Brothers album, Briefcase Full of Blues
3. ‘Steve McQueen’ from the Sheryl Crow album, C’mon, C’mon
4. ‘Vultures’ from the John Mayer album, Continuum
1. With Sound Reason, album by Sonny Fortune
2. Electric Outlet, album by John Scofield (used as this show’s outro music)
3. ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’ song by The Pretenders
4. ‘Possible Straight’ song by Lyle Mays from the album, Street Dreams
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