I would disagree and say you can play passages around the kit all day that dont require "chops"I would argue that this exactly what we are all talking about regardless of the genre of music. I would consider "sticking combinations or passages around the kit" are in fact "chops" and I would consider them every bit as important to jazz and reggae as I would any other style. It's all in the pursuit of developing vocabulary on the kit. I think vocabulary and chops as the one and the same.
I'm still baffled by this semantic argument.
my 9 year old students play passages around the kit in every lesson....I wouldnt say they have "chops"