Originally Posted by MisterMixelpix
In that video of the drum battle, it seemed to me that Gadd annihilated the other two. Admittedly I don't know a lot about the kind of thing they're doing, but I could actually hear a "groove" to his, as opposed to just showing how quickly he can hit the various toms and cymbals.
It's sorta like the difference between a guitar solo that's all huge sweeping arpeggios and one that has a solid melody you can feel. The thing with haphazard showing off of chops is that it's non-specific. As impressive as it is, it's cut-and-paste. I'd argue it takes a lot more deep feeling of music to construct the kind of thing Gadd does.
Totally agree. I generally dislike drum solos because they are usually pointless, chops-galore ego-fests. I was instantly drawn to Gadd's playing, tasteful, intense, dynamic and fit-for-purpose.