Other than that I enjoy listening to Bill Stewart, Gary Novak (don't know much trading stuff by him though), Jeff Hamilton (groove and wit), or also Dave Weckl, Vinnie, Steve Smith.
On the educational side, I'd like to improve my own abilities of playing meaningful and exciting solos in jazz context. I hoped anyone could suggest some ideas and tipps how to go there? Listening-wise there are so many drummers and recordings that I find it difficult choosing some to really gain a lot conceptually. Mostly I don't like to just transcribe something and imitate it, unless it's of more use to me than that.
Does anyone have some ideas? Maybe from personal learning experience?
1. Rich Vs. Roach--you get to hear two master drummers trading fours. It's pretty cool.
2. Giant Steps (also known as "Lionel Hampton Presents Buddy Rich")--Buddy Rich trading fours with Lionel Hampton and the percussionist (who I can't recall the name of at the moment) is ALSO very cool...