Re: The legendary Steve Gadd.
I'm quite impressed with Gadd and his work is a constant go-to source for me when it's "hey, want to hear some very cool drumming?"
In some ways, I may be approaching it from "the other side" as I was a Classic[al] guitar major years ago.
So, for me, it's a bit of a "musician becoming a drummer" * as opposed to a "drummer becoming a musician" journey -- and I think that has colored my view.
* That isn't a "drummers aren't musicians" comment, I'm talking about the path of our development from 'operator' to 'artist' - it can apply (and oh how it does)to "guitarist" or "pipe organist" or "gambist" or "vocalist" just as easily