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.
Legend has it that Buddy Rich thought Steve Gadd was the best drummer in the world, after himself, of course. The reason is because, aside from Buddy, Gadd was the most musical drummer ever, and Buddy knew it. None of the drummers you've listed (other than Buddy), can compare to Gadd's musical phrasing and musical taste. THAT'S what makes Gadd, Gadd. Musical phrasing and musical taste. That's why Gadd, not Vinnie, JoJo, Lang, Virgil, et al., is the most studied and imitated drummer of all time, after Buddy Rich, of course.
As for technique, Gadd's technique is impeccable. He's a rudimental drummer with all the chops in the world. He may not have the fastest hands or feet, but, his control, feel, time are all supreme. NO ONE has ever played with the feel and time of Steve Gadd.