While primarily known as a rock/pop drummer with Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, and James Taylor, Gadd is a successful and influential jazz/fusion player in his own right. Some of his jazz credits include sessions with Charles Mingus, Jim Hall, Chet Baker, Milt Jackson, Michel Petrucciani, and Chick Corea. Gadd has credited Max Roach and Art Blakey as his main jazz influences, and he has therefore absorbed their bebop vocabulary. His unique development, as heard in this Corea example, is to base his timekeeping solely on quarter notes as opposed to the usual swing pattern. He then occasionally adds swing (or straight) notes to the quarter-note pulse.
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