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 am very familiar with the video you are referencing here......
Without Steve, you wouldn't have either one of those drummers just as without Ringo, you wouldn't have John Bonham!
In this video, while the other two are shredding, Steve plays the most obvious ideas and makes them sound great
And while Vinnie is from Mars (as I stated to my nephew - "meanwhile back on Mars" when Vinnie plays his last four bar solo), it is sometimes more difficult to come up with something really simple and make it sound and feel good.
It's like a duel between Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock.
Have you ever listen to anything else Steve has done? Aja - I transcribed this entire song out, solos and all because I was on a a Country tour and listened to that tune and thought "I'm going to play that song one day!" There is quite a bit of interesting things in those solos.
In all honesty, this sounds like the Neil Peart is the greatest ever debate of decades ago....Neil gets to play the way he does because of the band he's in. Speaking of which check out Steve on the Burning for Buddy track, Love for Sale. Steve is the swingingest quarter note ride cymbal ever!
I mean, I used to be just like you when I got my Steve Gadd modern drummerback in 1983 - "Who is this Steve Gadd goobernuts guy? What's the big deal? I also thought the same thing of Vinnie Colaiuta, then I heard the Joni Mitchell album "wild Thing Run Fast" and it WAS on
Do some more exploring of Steve and don't study just "chops" players!