Re: The legendary Steve Gadd.
He is amazing... what is 'special' about Steve Gadd is his ability to hold a crowd silent with the smallest of movements. He doesn't need to play fast (although he can) but instead his incredibly dexterity and imagination are what makes him stand out from ANY crowd of drummers.
He was basically there at the start when drumming became more than simply providing a groove. Granted, there were others before him, such as Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Louie Bellson etc, but Gadd's strength is his incredible virtuosity across ALL genres. His technical ability, combined with his ability to read and further combined with his imagination is what IMO makes him one of the most gifted drummers to grace us. He can solo, he can groove and he does what no-one else has done, or will do, before or since.