Originally Posted by finnhiggins
Well, the latter part is right. But how on earth do you reckon him a more technical drummer than Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta, Buddy Rich, Bill Cobham, Virgil Donati, Thomas Lang, Jo Jo Mayer or similar? He's not even close. And if you're talking about actual clean physical motion he's still not a patch on Vinnie, or Joe Morello, or Jim Chapin... or any number of great modern jazz players.
About the technical part... Analazing Gadd solos, especially on Chick Corea records, makes you wonder if there's any post-1980 drummer that really invented new technique (ok, Colaiuta, Donati and Lang are out of the competition). Maybe Gadd isn't the fastest single-stroker, but his technique on the kit and in fills is really scary once you try it out yourself. Without Gadd, I wonder if Weckl would've gotten very far...