The Gaddabouts is a band with an interesting mix of musicians. Founded by drummer Steve Gadd in 2011, the band includes bassist Pino Palladino, guitarist Andy Fairweather Low and vocalist Edie Brickell.
The band has announced their second album, Look Out Now!, releasing on September 25, 2012. The double-disc recording features 17 tracks recorded by the band in New York City in April and July of last year. The quartet is joined by a handful of guest artists, including appearances by baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber, organist-accordianist Larry Goldings, percussionist Pedro Martinez, pianist Axel Tosca, vibraphonist-marimba player Mike Mainieri and violinist Andrea Zahn.
The band’s path to coming together spans many years. Brickell and Gadd met in 1992, when Gadd was touring with Brickell’s husband, Paul Simon. But it wasn’t until eight years later that the two started talking about forming a band.
“One day he just said to me, ‘What are you doing?’” Brickell shares. “And I said, ‘You know, just hanging out, raising my kids, going to the park every day… and loving it.’ And he said, ‘You need to start making records again.’ And that got the ball rolling.”
Brickell and Gadd initially got together a few years later at the Hit Factory in Manhattan to work on demos of Brickell’s tunes. It was during those sessions that Gadd became convinced there was enough materials to put out an album, and he recruited Fairweather Low and Palladino. Brickell suggested the “Gaddabouts” name, which stuck as both the group’s name and the name for the debut album.
Gadd and Palladino had previously done session work together, which comes as no surprise as both are in demand session musicians. That rhythm section alone makes the album worth checking out, to us.