Originally Posted by Terminator7t
So, I have recently been watching some of Steve Gadd's performances and I can't for the life of me see why he is considered one of the best drummers of all time. I mean to be compared to people like Vinnie, Jojo Mayer and many more seems to be ridiculous to be me.
For example, I saw a performance of Vinnie, Dave Weckl, and Steve Gadd playing together, and he seemed to be totally outclassed by the others.
Is there something i'm missing? Or maybe I am unable to appreciate his drumming.
I saw that video - great entertainment! Yep, Steve didn't even try to compete, instead doing what he does best - grooving. In a song context Steve's strengths are his timing, touch, groove and taste; his song interpretations are a marvel. He just so "gets it".
I was first turned onto his playing via Stanley Clarke's Journey to Love, for example:
Concerto for Jazz/Rock Orchestra
Journey to Love