Originally Posted by eddypierce
I'm not Todd or Andrew, but here are some that I particularly like:
Tommy Flanagan - Overseas (Elvin Jones)
John Coltrane - Ballads (Elvin Jones)
Jo Jones - Essential Jo Jones (Jo Jones)
Jo Jones - the Everest Years (Jo Jones)
Bill Evans - Empathy/Simple Matter of Conviction (Shelly Manne)
Bill Evans - Complete Village Vanguard Recordings 1961 (Paul Motian)
Bud Powell - Time Waits (Philly Joe Jones)
Bill Charlap - Written in the Stars (Kenny Washington)
All of those guys were/are stellar brush players, and anything you can find with them playing brushes will be good (the records about have a high percentage of brush playing on them). But all of the classic jazz drummers got great brush sounds.
I really can't add anything to this list, and trying to absorb more than this would be impossible anyways! Thanks for the great recommendations Ed, some of these I need to check out myself.
I will say that the reason I really appreciated KWash's brush playing (and playing in general) when I was learning the genre was that everything he plays is SO CLEAR. Because of this clarity I found it much easier to hear and understand what he was doing.