Re: Toto, he didn't have the feel of Jeff or the precision of Simon who is getting better with age. The live in Poland gig has phenomenal drumming. But that's just my 2 cents worth.Wow, I couldn't disagree more! In fact, as much as I love Keith Carlock, I think Shannon has the feel. I thought he was fantastic with Toto. Just goes to show, everybody hears things differently.
Back on topic: I've been lucky enough to see Keith a few times with Steely Dan. He's a great player, and his left foot is inspirational. But, I agree with Drummer-Russ, when I hear Peg, I'm anticipating Marotta... When I hear Aja, I want to hear Gadd... That said, I'll see Steely Dan any opportunity I can get and with any drummer they pick!
Hard to pick just one favorite drum part, but I love Jeff's playing on Gaucho. I just love the feel he has in every part of the song. I like your pick of Your Gold Teeth 2, too.
Back on topic it would be cool if they did a gig with all the surviving drummers doing their parts. Would never happen though!
I would give body parts to see Bernard Purdie, even more for a clinic. He could 'splain' away all day.
I was lucky enough to see Steve Gadd with James Taylor a couple of years back and spent 2 hours watching Gadd even though I'm a massive JT fan. The guy has such a unique feel and sound even though I don't think he got out of neutral that night. Check his drumming out on the October Road album, all kinds of tasteful!