Originally Posted by Henry II
In additon to being the most in demand session drummer of all time (check out the SG discography here: http://www.drstevegadd.com/discography.htm
), Steve Gadd is also the most imitated drummer of all time, maybe with the exception of Buddy Rich. Further, Steve Gadd has had more influence on the art of drumming than any other drummer, ever, maybe with the exception of Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa.
Frankly, anyone who doesn't recongnize the genius of Steve Gadd is either just not listening, or is not able to hear.
I think it was Akira Jimbo that stated how big an influence Gadd is in Japan. A great number of drummers emulate and try to sound like Gadd. Jimbo does a variation of a Gadd riff on one of his dvd's. Neil Peart does a Gadd riff he learned from his "Burning for Buddy" sessions with Gadd.
I have read Jazz and fusion is much more popular in Japan than other parts of the world.