Re: Jazz drum kit
Gretsch invented the sound you're looking for (I love it, too), and you cannot go wrong with them. Dmacc has some clips up of his playing on his Gretsch kit and they sound impossibly good. I think they're Brooklyns (correct me if I'm wrong, D).
DW Jazz Series is a blatant, shameless copy of the vintage Gretsch drums. But they've done their homework and they are great-sounding drums.
I have a little Ludwig Classic Maple kit in bop sizes and I love it.
But Gretsch is Gretsch is Gretsch. If you want that sound, you should buy those drums. I'm waiting for an opportune moment to do the same myself.