Based on the desired sound that you described for those applications, my go-to head would be an Evans EQ4 frosted.
You could definitely try an EMAD (especially coated!) and have it tuned up into a bop range with the smaller ring. The EMAD is Florian Alexandru-Zorn's (who plays everything from brush jazz to more experimental stuff) go-to bass drum batter, though he often tunes lower. You can hear some samples of him with it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ays4G3MiKQ8