Yes it is amazing. Chick was a GREAT friend to drummers and the drum world in general. Off the top of my head, the drummers (and percussionists) that he recorded with and-or hired (in no specific order,) and many of which he hired when they were very young and coming up through the ranks:It's really amazing how much a guy more known for playing the piano than the drums influenced so many drummers.
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Al Foster, Mickey Roker, Jack DeJohnette, Barry Altschul, Roy Haynes, Joe Chambers, Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, Elvin Jones, Mel Lewis, Tony Williams, Grady Tate, Horacee Arnold, Airto, Steve Gadd, Tom Brechtlein, Lawrence Marable, Peter Erskine, Jimmy Cobb, Bobby Thomas, Bruno Carr, Micheline Pelter, Andrew Cyrille, Stu Martin, Billy Higgins, Pete LaRoca, Harvey Mason, Don Alias, Gerry Brown, John Betsch, Lenny White, Dave Weckl, Gary Novak, Adam Cruz, Jeff Ballard, Carl Allen, Vinnie Colaiuta, Rubem Dantas, Armando Peraza, Marcus Gilmore, Antonio Sanchez, Richie Barshay, Paul Motian, Brian Blade...
And I'm sure that I missed a few. That's quite a fraternity of great drummers, and great drumming. Not to mention that he was pretty good drummer himself. Many different wonderful drummers were always giving him gear, he was a great friend to the drumming community. Whenever I was around him, we always talk about drumming and drummers (and I'm not the only one.)