Re: The legendary Steve Gadd.
He's the best for all of the reasons mentioned. Of course he can't do everything, but what a ridiculous criterion on which to judge him. Doing 4-way polyrhythms that resolve every thousand bars is science its not music. For me, showing what can be done on an instrument in terms of technicality belongs in a circus. The fact is, simplicity, or rather refrain, is in itself a tool for a pro and Gadd uses it masterfully. Finally, Gadd's drumming communicates through its phrasing and composition and these alone are enough that you can identify his drumming even before he so perfectly and personally executes it. That is why Gadd is the drumming superman.
Remember, it's just an opinion...