CHECK OUT THIS INTERVIEW
with Anthony Jackson to get a feel for why Steve Gadd is on another level, apart from Vinnie or Dave or Jo Jo or whomever else you want to parade out. All great drummers, but as has been the case for as long as I can remember there are chops, and there are musical voices. And if you think Steve doesn't have chops, show me how your roll sounds nearly as good as his. It sounds like slowly tearing a sheet of paper.
I get it, I'm from Rochester, you can get Gadded out. You can say dang Steve enough drop fills, enough with the paradiddle hat snare fill, enough Crazy Army. Don't let that blind you to the fact that the man is brilliant.