Recently I had the unique opportunity to play 5 minutes of solo snare drum at the Fluxible User Experience Event. The idea was to have short musical interludes between speakers and it was recorded.
I'm posting this because it helps further the idea that although the drum set in a single instrument and should be thought of as such, (this is part of the reason I detest the term "kick drum") all of it's component parts can be thought of as stand alone instruments as well.
Here's the solo:
I also thought I'd mention I'm listening a lot to Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook. All the drummers sound great on this recording, but particularly Alvin Stoller.