Today's track of the day and new in the 1 luv spot where we pick a noteworthy track to concentrate on from a new or upcoming release we land today in an Otis Redding vein on 'I Can't Turn You Loose' from 1965 covered on a new big band version and included on the upcoming Leopard release Center Stage - note the American spelling of the first word, fellow misspellers tempted to use the UK-Ireland English rendering - by members of the Gadd Gang at its heart out on 23 September.
Here drum icon Steve Gadd, the Bill Evans legend bassist Eddie Gómez and baritone saxophonist's baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber are in the considerable company of the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia radio, TV station and online backed Cologne outfit who to many, ourselves included, are Europe's greatest most versatile jazz big band the WDR, directed here by Michael Abene. Recorded back in February it's groover boomer manna.
While digging the vibe we also tunnel down to when the Gadd Gang released the tune before on the Richard Tee aranged 1988 Columbia record Here & Now several of whose tracks are also included on Center Stage to make the new album cut - a time when guitar great Cornell Dupree (1942-2011) on that record was still around.
'50 Ways to Leave Your Lover' legend Gadd remains a force of nature and model for jazz drummers everywhere as we discovered at a Blicher-Hemmer-Gadd Lost Lane gig in Dublin in 2019 and who not only need but want to groove in a natural vein in whatever style or idiom of record but with a jazz feel always somewhere there deep down in spirit - body and soul - raising us up, the discipline of his method tapping the universal vibrations in the air somehow.