Re: The legendary Steve Gadd.
Debating the merits of Gadds technique is a dead end. I would certainly point to some other already mentioned artists if a student wanted to study tehcnique. Steve's grip is unconventional but it's what works for him. Can other guys "outplay" him? Probably and I doubt that he would even argue that. The truth of the whole matter is that he is a complete musician and consistently contributes his artistry to any performer he works with, He can make something very simple sound so tasty. Eg: the little bass drum fill on the intro to Carly Simon's "You Belong To Me". Three notes that just fit the feel perfectly. I really can't think of any player who defines playing in the pocket any better than Gadd.