I'll be around again, now that the Forum has been updated and I've heard from Lew. As I, and others, have said, these lists are opinions, not gospel, and no two opinions are alike. I do have the luxury of seeing more live fusion music than nearly anyone I know, and I also know hundreds of the people on these lists personally. If it means anything to anyone out there, I see as many as 100 fusion gigs a year, and write a weekly column on jazz and fusion live gigs for LAJazz.com. I write about hundreds of gigs a year there, and there is no place in the world that compares to L.A. for fusion music, period. It's one of the main reasons I choose to live there.
I know that many people that love Dave Weckl, for example, as mentioned above. I have the pleasure of knowing Dave, Terry, and many other people on these lists, and seeing them play live on at least a semi-regular basis in L.A. What Terry does, and the variety of it, is something I prefer over Weckl, who's certainly a great technical drummer, and a lot of people like that. I get to see Virgil Donati a lot up close, and there is no one in Western music that can play all the meters he can as well as he does, as well as the amazing footwork...he also writes some great music I happen to really like. Debating this stuff after a certain point to me is largely fruitless, as it's a matter of how someone's playing touches or inspires you, which varies for each person. I love weird meters and guys that can play them well like Virgil, Terry, and Ralph Humphrey, but other people don't care as much for that. That's okay, but to me those weird meters are a key component of fusion going all the way back to Don Ellis, one of the inventors of the genre.
As an example, of all the Buddy Rich Memorial shows, I found Dennis Chambers to be that I liked best in terms of how he drove the band, which to me is what that band was about...I saw the BR band numerous times and met Buddy along the way. There are tons of other opinions otherwise, but the main thing is the videos of all the different players are there to enjoy.
Again, my opinion. Other folks are always entitled to theirs.
So are you the head of the fusion categories? I thought at the top of the page it says lew or tom?