Ok, here’s the deal…
I realize I post stuff on this blog about John Mayer a lot. What can I say… I like him. I’m not a groupie or anything – I just respect his musicianship/songwriting. That, and Continuum is one of my favorite records ever. If I am totally honest, though, the main reason I’m so into his stuff lately is STEVE EFFING JORDAN on drums. Seriously, I love Steve Jordan’s playing, and Mayer’s music is the main place to see Jordan at work for the past few years.
I’ve seen Jordan’s instructional DVD a couple times, which is rad. I also have a live Mayer DVD that has Jordan on a few tracks (Where The Light Is), but aside from that I’ve not found much footage of him. So, I am super pumped to have just now discovered a bazillion clips of him on youtube that I’ve not found before. I spent the last few hours watching them, and the good ones are listed below. Do yourself a favor and watch them ALL before you go to sleep tonight, and I bet you will wake up to find you are a better drummer because of it…
Some vintage Steve Jordan – a television performance w/ Jeffy Healey, circa early 80’s… (I feel like this might be from SNL during the era when Jordan held that drum chair). UPDATE: a recent commenter pointed out that this might in fact be Omar Hakim on drums, not Steve Jordan. Interesting.
Recording John Mayer’s “Stitched Up” with Herbie Hancock – this is a clip from a documentary on Herbie’s mulit-collaboration album from a few years ago called Possibilities. The Jordan footage ends around the 5:30 mark…
Recording Sting’s “Sister Moon” with Herbie Hancock – another segment from the Possibilities documentary, this time featuring Sting, Cyro Baptista (perc), and John Patitucci (bass). The pattern in the groove on this tune is sick.
Demonstrating a Sheryl Crow track – a clip from Jordan’s instructional DVD, The Groove Is Here.
Jamming with Danny Kortchmar and Bernie Worrell – this is apparently an outtake from The Groove Is Here.
Jamming in John Mayer’s home studio – I found this video on Mayer’s blog, which is dedicated to chronicling the creation of his new record, Battle Studies.
Performing “Don’t Need No Doctor” w/ Mayer and John Scofield – Jay Leno show
JMT… “Who Did You Think I Was” – the official video release of the first “John Mayer Trio” single. This performance totally rips.
JMT… “Wait Until Tomorrow” – the Hendrix tune on Jimmy Kimmel, from back when the John Mayer Trio was first formed.
JMT… “Bold As Love” – more Hendrix, this one from a Tsunami benefit teledrive. Check out Mayer’s response to his own mistake at 2:51…
JMT… “Cissy Strut” – the Meter’s tune from another teledrive, this time for Katrina. Jordan rocks a cocktail kit on this, and manages to actually make it sound super hip.
JMT… “Out Of My Mind” – another performance from the early days of JMT, from the Live @ Launch program. The image is pretty grainy, but the performance of this tune is one of the best I’ve heard.
JMT… “Come When I Call” – a blues tune from the Where The Light Is DVD. The pocket on this is huge, and Pino’s playing is just unreal. Snare hit on “1” at 2:28 is oh so perfect.
Finally, there was apparently a JMT television performance that has some affiliation with “Network Live,” as I found a handful of videos from the same show all bearing that logo. The “Jam” is my fav, but unfortunately the audio/visual timing is a little off on that one…
“I Got A Woman”
“Good Love Is On The Way”